And they still offer some of the best value pricing with rarely a raise. Besides the belief held by many including Grado to do some solid breaking in before really making a judgement. The in ear models I have had, the, ige, GR10 & GR10e. I have never heard the GR8 models so can make no statement there. In the meantime as an example I have had one GR10 and two GR10e which have remained at the exact selling price for maybe 10 years minimum.They have been some of the most desired headphones for a really long time! They may be worth it but you gotta pay the dough.
No one can tell you what sounds good, you have to be convinced of that. No manufacturer has maintained their pricing as long as Grado does with his models, no one. Look at lines like Focal where they often make changes and price changes on almost a biannual basis or HiFiMan.
You can pick up your phone and call Grado Labs and have a good chance of getting John Grado helping you on the phone. Reliability is another Grado strong point. Not to be told by a bigger manufacturer saying that the rash of models of theirs losing a channel for no actual reason and be told you have to purchase two drivers in order to have a matched pair. $600 was what they wanted to replace them in my friend’s Elear that began life at $899 but sold at $599 or less at the end. Wake up put on your TOTL $4 - $5k and discover one channel died overnight while not you and the headphone was asleep. Not fun.
Lastly in my own experience I had been in Retail Audio for over 30 years. Believe me I sold more Grados that made more people happy and rarely an issue or problem.
Set up a listening session, line up the Grado line of Headphones and you decide how well the line scales up.
BTW, sorry about the old new stock issues with the GR8. BTW, the IEMs in the line up are made to Grado specs for them so you might not really consider it 100% Grado but the GR10 series has a very faithful following, myself included.
I hope the other issue works out.