I honestly don't see any reason for the pre-pro to cost more than the 3030. After all, the pre-pro IS a 3030 with additonal 10 DSP programs MINUS 9-ch amplifiers. (and the cost of XLR out is cheaper than a pair of the speaker terminals they use).
Using that (may be flawed) logic and being a cheap bastard, I'm waiting if I can get the pre-pro for $2K Canadian, max.
Yeah, I don't know. Every company prices their pre-pro's like that and has been forever. I always guessed maybe there were better quality parts in the pre-pro but.... who knows? I think it's dumb and pre-pro's should be priced lower in general.