One of the reasons for the 'good old days' of low prices for our hobby was the emergence of cheap but (largely) decent Chinese manufacture: I can only go on my personal experience, but Accucraft UK's IOM locos and stock were priced where I could (with a stretch for locos) justify them to myself. They were/are well-detailed, well-made and are available instantly
The IOM Caledonia in Electric was my first brass/Accucraft locomotive. It worked out just under a grand which was the local AU tax threshold at the time. Customs couldn't work out exchange rates from the invoiced USA price back then either so it worked out in my favour with the AU dollar being worth less. I've been hooked ever since with brass, now live steam.
I just noticed a brass LGB/Aster NGG-13 for sale at GRS and they are asking £4,995. G-Wiz! Crazy, crazy ask price.
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