I've never owned a lap steel. Never played one either. One has come up for about $450 on the used market -- all original in excellent condition. I am wondering whether this is good value, or whether I should look at a newer or other model. The way I see it, they are not all that popular so it's possible to find a nice, vintage one for not an arm and a leg, so why not be choosey? Any other suggestions? I just love the sound and am more interested for tinkering and experimentation at this point. Thanks guys and gals.