I was trying to figure out if you had a reason for this faith in the new owners, or if you really are just assuming that they know what they're doing, because they bought a business, and are, presumably, business people. If that made sense, businesses wouldn't fail. They're all run by business people, by virtue of them being in business, and therefore I can assume, by your logic, they all have a business plan. This could be their plan: Buy a small niche company with a following loyal to high end, luthier-built instruments, then fire all the luthiers and sell les paul knockoffs made to the common standards of high volume production. Everyone sells these things, they're easy to make, and people will always buy more. Sadly, that might work, for a while. Or maybe they'll die as fast as I wish the new "D'Angelico" did.