I agree with Shaare. This is WAY too much money to lay out, especially so early in the game and especially on credit. You are now approaching the cost of a nice new car. Maybe you should submit a few SC-1's to various magazines for review? They will usually review it if you send them free ones.
That's another good idea, Scott.
Owel, you have to give some serious consideration to options such as these and focus your efforts on research in marketing the product in a manner that's financially practical from a business perspective.
One thing is for sure, though. That is, for the time being and at this point in the game, you don't want to risk it all in hopes that the "trend" of concerns from perspective clientele which you're being exposed to most will be resolved and, moreover, that the customers will act upon their initial inquiries with the product by finally purchasing it based on the resolutions.
Oh gosh, please excuse this entire post. Besides the fact that it's really late, I've also just recently completed my associates degree in business and it'll take some time for me to begin the withdrawal period to filter out all this crap out.
I need to take a week long vacation to just lounge out, play video games and live off of take out and microwaved pizza.
-But seriously, I'm willing to help with the research. I'll keep my eyes open and put in some time to find good ways to market this project. And, actually, I think having magazines review the product could be a good place to start (as Scottso suggested.) In fact, have you ever heard of TapeOp? It's a free magazine and is somewhat small-scale; however, I sense that most of the readers are professionals in the industry and would definitely be considered as good, worthwhile exposure.