My name is Svein Stornes, I have been RainSoft`s exclusive importer for the whole country of Norway for 11 years, marketing the products through sub-dealers. The RainSoft control valve is one of the best I have seen,the valve itself is made of solid brass, but I have to admit FLECK valves are more reliable, and cheaper. Almost all softeners are using the same ion-exchange material from the same manufacturer, and some softeners come with a stainless steel tank instead of a glassfiber tank (tanks). It is not necessary to spend more than 1500 USD for a whole house system, as the sale people are working on commision only.Most manufacturers charge no more than 350-500 USD for a 24.000 grain of hardness/gallon softener - the rest is solid profit for the dealers and the sales people. But after service is important - find a reputable companu who has been in the water business for more than at least 10 years - then you will have hopes that they still exist when you need their help after te unit has been installed, Make sure this is done by a acredited installer/plumber!!!!
Kind regards, Svein Stornes, CWS, NORWAY, E-mail:[email protected]