That's a bizarre comparison. But if you'd like my rationale: tubes are a consumable peripheral, one for which most serious hobbyists (i.e., like Freya customers) would have strong preferences for. They are also very expensive. So probably 10% + of the cost of that Freya is the tubes. Many Freya customers probably have a box full of tubes. Many Freya+ customers probably have the original Freya and the same damned tubes Freya + comes with. Mine are all unused now because I don't like those Tungsols. I thought it was a reasonable request. I would have no hard feelings if the company would decline the request with such a response. That didn't happen.