They're great engines, but at $2,300.00, it's pretty hard to say they're "the workingman's gold standard."
Breezinup, everything is relative. My comparison is a $7,000 Key. Also contingent on where one works and their personal budget. I purchased all my SS articulated engines when I was working and all less than $1,500. new. China pricing has gone nuts, time to move the operation to another country IMO..