I'm not really planning to get these for my studio in the near future, but they are probably in the long range plan and I'd like to keep myself informed in case opportunity knocks at an unexpected time. (Someone locally had broken up with his girlfriend and was ready to sell his rig. I think they talked him down from the ledge, but I decided that I'd better do some studying just in case a similar situation occurred.) I know a few of you have been keeping these antiques in shape and I'd like suggestions and pointers on purchase and maintenance. Specific questions: 1. I know that it is possible to save some serious cash by going to the "alternate" models, i.e. other than the B3, C3 in the Hammond and 122/145 in the Leslie. Are there models that have serious drawbacks - that I should stay away from? Alternate models that are particularly good deals? The Hammond would not leave the studio and I definitely can get away with (and would probably prefer) a low powered Leslie. 2. Are there places in Virginia, MD, PA, WVa, NC, TN that you would recommend for repairs? 3. What in general have been your experiences with repair and maintenance? I guess if all goes as planned I would buy a Leslie first and play my Nord electro through it, but as said, this may be a target of opportunity purchase.