I for sure could see myself tearing into one that needed some work. Especially if there is any sort of repair or tune up manual to follow. I think I'm going to hold off on the $200 investment for now and see what I can scrounge up at a thrift place. I'd be fine spending the money on an older "built like a tank" kind of machine vs spending money on a 2 pound plastic machine from Wal-Mart. Now if I found that Wal-Mart machine for a dirt cheap price maybe. I'd just like to get practicing.