Last year, when the HR34 became available for general release, quite a few members here were able to pre-order units from Value Electronics. Not only were they able to accept those pre-orders sooner than Solid Signal, but shipped out (if I recall correctly) at least one week earlier than SS for the first batch. Solid Signal's second batch, was also delayed a few weeks.
The owner of VE (his name escapes me) is a member here. Perhaps he'll chime in and give us all an update on the availability date of the C31.