I really did not expect the MS290 and MS250 to go down before the MS170, MS180, and MS230 but it seems Papa Stihl has spoken and once the MS250 is gone from distribute/dealer inventory, it's gone forever. RIP old friend. While the website doesn't list it yet, the transition to the MS251 should be seamless. If you have to have a new MS250, make that phone call, now. StihlHead - I can see you typing!