I seem to have a vague recollection of hearing about silver prices going pretty high years ago. I mean YEARS ago. Like Super-XX years ago. Could that also be the reason for the lack of a Super-XX replacement? Prices went up, it became cheaper to switch and go with the thinner stuff. Then prices dropped and well...the switch was made.

Just a theory. Plus Kodak has to move forward. It is poor marketing to NOT improve emulsions somehow....