It’s a beautiful piece, Skurj.
I live in America and can share an opinion.
I think, despite its high quality and value, this storage goban would not “fly off the shelf” to go playing Americans. Why? Americans generally do not play on the floor, so they would almost never sit on pillows next to it to play. Sure, the board itself could be removed to play on it alone, atop a table, but we have plenty of options for quality tabletop boards (Yellow Mountain Imports, etc.) that come in well below the suggested price of this piece. American’s generally have to travel to coffee shops to play opponents because there are so few Go players in the USA; this board does not lend itself to that purpose. American’s are becoming more and more “cocooned” in general, rarely answering the doorbell, rarely speaking to neighbors, so inviting anyone other than immediate family to their homes to play Go is unlikely, making the need for a quality home board less. Americans live in larger homes, relative to the rest of the world, and storage solutions for Go pieces and boards is seldom a problem as Americans buy plenty of IKEA storage shelves for every corner of their house; Americans that cannot afford a “large” home, those who live in apartments, generally will not be able to afford an expensive piece like this one, let alone have the floor space to give up to it or be willing to set wet drink glasses and hot microwave dinners on top of it to “dual purpose” their already limited space. Americans are into disposable and inexpensive…$5000 wide screen television sets rest on $100, imitation walnut cabinets made of compressed sawdust…and buying heirloom quality items to pass on to generations is not something Americans typically consider these days. Those that do have the money and want an heirloom board typically seek an authentic Japanese goban, vintage over new.
These are generalizations, and anyone of them could be picked apart and debated; please don’t. I’m just proffering a perspective for our skilled artisan, Skurj, to consider as he asked for opinions. Thank you.