I searched the archives, but I didn't come up with much...
Coming from the worlds of antique cars and shotguns, I'm well aware that there's no free lunch, and you get what you pay for.
I'm trying to ease the wife into the idea of getting a premium machine at some point in the not distant future (I'd really like an Addams Family). I've got plenty of space to fill in the man cave (I could fit another dozen or more pins in with the 3 I have now, and not break a sweat or need to rearrange anything. The machines I have now are EM's... one I inherited, the other two were CL finds that I picked up cheap.
On my quest to get a premium machine, I need to make a stopover, at something moderately more expensive than what I have now. I'm looking for machines that are reliable, and fun (again, I know that you get what you pay for)... so what do YOU think is the "best" machine in the under-$1000 category? $1000-$1500?