I have the postwar. Once they're "tuned-up", they work great. As to price, if you're looking for mint, yeah, they're expensive, but prices have dropped quite a bit since the new ones came out. If you're looking "under the table" at shows (and boy, do I miss the shows), you can find enough parts to build your own. That's how I got mine, but it took years to do. The unloader is the hardest to find.