They've been selling only to Cray and the Chinese so their prices are through the roof. I could be developing departmental analytic machines, but apparently working on volume is a scary proposition.
I remember writing code for a bare machine (no OS). I'd set up the code to come in through the serial port and then use the front keypad to key in the instructions in octal to get the code, load it into memory and execute it. It was a little easier with UNIX, even with a dozen people on it.