the real hook with these frames is that they're lugged. most max frames are welded...the severely ovalized max tubes make for strange lugs.
as for the cost, the price is not really all that out of line with other 'boutique' steel frames. checked on a pegoretti lately? vanilla? god forbid sachs?
$2K is about the same range De Rosa and Gios I mentioned in my previous post, so I would say it is right for a 2008 steel frame from a good Italian builder.
On Pegroretti: The particular LBS I visited also did Pegoretti frames, but they didn't hear much from him lately. I were told Mr Pegoretti is ill for quite some time now. Hope his situation will improve soon and he will be able building his übernice frames again.
Sachs isn't even taking orders I understood due to the already massive waiting list ...and didn't the same count for Vanilla? So they are only to be had on eBay and if one is up they indeed go for serious money. In Holland we have more or less the same with the Alleweder recumbent bicycle. Some order already a next the moment they take delivery of a new. The moment they take delivery of the 'next one', the old 'new one' will be sold 2nd hand for more than the 'next one'. In fact the original owner gets a new bike and a little premium.