Hey I got thinking today there are two or three things that seem to have a very steep price tag for entry level that can be regarded as hobbies.
I have a new one... musical instruments
Many of you don't know but I am a rather good musician (open to interpretation ). I am an oboeist (you know that high pitch out of tune squeeky thing that gets all the solos in orchastra settings). Well oboes are no cheep instruments by ANY stretch and the entry barrier is very high to own one (like many other musical instruments. A instrument that is considered full conservatory (meaning has all the keys) start at about 2500 missing a few trill keys and 3500+ with all trill keys. I just purchaced a buffet greenline professonal wood carbon fiber interlaced oboe. Price tag - 5250 + tax retail 6700 dollars
I am also into photography... 4 - 5k is not out of the question for pro quality body and lenses.
What kind of stuff are you interested in that have a high dollar entry barrier?