I dont normally post . ,but live in s.a. and a avid reader of most of the post. I especially enjoy your post Hennie as they have been very informative and relevant as we seem to share very similar interests. I went through exactly the same process as you 2 years ago. So my decision was absolutely a quill. Expense was an issue So what machine. Started to look at 2nd hand bridgeport and felt i would never get one in good order. Ended up with with on for 2000$. I needed to spend 600$ more on complete rebuild, done by myself. this was tough but completely doable. Extremely happy now with it. I also learnt a huge amount in the process and have a mill which is not absolute perfect due to age but totally happy with ability and quality.You need to be patient and follow all leads and you can and will find a bridgeport in good enough shape. I do have some contacts which I can share with If you like.