They do of course qualify for educational discount, but the C6 education price is still out of their budget - the cheapest I’ve seen it is £253 per machine, whereas the upgrade was around £150, so there’s an extra £1500 which the school simply doesn’t have; it’s taken me 3 years to get the upgrade agreed, and now it comes round to it the price has effectively gone up by 66%.
No, it doesn’t need to be Steinberg’s online shop. but it does need to satisfy supplier requirements (which I don’t know, but certainly previously there have been issues with small suppliers meaning they were not an option), and there is also the fact that this upgrade won’t be happening or financed straight away - it is probably another 2-3 months away before the actual purchase; I would think that would mean there is little chance of obtaining an upgrade to C5 at the old price or buying CS5 outright is minimal. Checking at all the usual suspects shows that “this product is discontinued”, even now; I’d not expect suppliers to hold large stocks.
I am concerned that CA6 is missing features - the logical editor has been in Cubase since the Atari days, and the timewarp tool is an important one which it’s very difficult to complete some parts of the syllabus I teach without using it - othewise I would have suggested the school goes with CA6, but given these two missing features it’s not practical to do so, hence my asking if they really were missing.