Im not sure why Rick can't clarify the relationship between PPS and CG. Is PPS the manufacturer who is subcontracting to CG who is then handing off part of the production to Stern. Or are we buying a CG machine with PPS simply licensing the IP and maybe supplying some parts. Rick obviously doesn't need to tell us anything more but it would be good to know who will be responsible for the warranty, etc. The PPS logo was originally on the translite (can't recall if it still is) and the clear impression at Expo was that PPS was driving the bus.
Unless the broader relationship between CG and Stern is an important part of Stern containing to produce, it seems like they are splitting up the pie between 4 vs. potentially only 2 players. PPS is already distributing a lot of the games so why involve additional distributors (except maybe foreign sales). If they could get the price down to around $6500, I think they'd have a strong, long-term position.