wow..... what can I say after that essay? You have spurred a couple of thoughts in my mind about master nodes: 1. at 4000 masternodes, 4 million Dash are kept out of circulation. Correct me if my math is wrong, but aren't there only 6.6 million dash in the first place? That means that about 60% of the currency is tied up by those providing a service for the currency, not including the miners. Most of the currency's current users are most likely participants in the maintenance of the service itself. Conclusion: there is plenty of room for new users, which as they come into becoming users, will only raise the price of the currency. 2. Going back to the original idea of the post.... should the dash required to hold a masternode be halved from 1000 to 500? The problem is that if you decrease the deposit in order to populate the network with more masternodes, the payout to the owner of each node will also be cut roughly in half. The cost to maintain such nodes will remain the same. Node holders will transfer their nodes to the cheapest hosting providers, making for clusters of masternodes in the same data centers. To make matters worse, when the next version of Dash comes out, the requirements for the server will increase, making the cost to host a masternode more expensive than it currently is. The Dash Documentation Wiki for masternodes states that Dash Evolution Masternodes Version 13.x will require: High-CPU machines for heavy crypto processing (job-queue workers) High-DISK machines for network metadata storage/archival, (third-party storage/rent-a-drive) High-NET machines for peer-distribution (bittorrent) of: blockchain data (bootstrapping), compiled wallets, other future common downloads.At that point, we will need node holders who can handle the higher cost of hosting, the technical know how to do so efficiently, and enough of them in order to keep the network up. The cheap solution for masternode hosting that is currently working will likely need some major tweaking. Rhaspberry Pi in great numbers? Probably not.