I'm even afraid to type these following words, but is a permanent fight here in the US as well, so here it goes ( ) .... During the past 4 years I have had the humbling privilege to own well over 300 bikes (Most of which have been parted out for many different reasons... More than likely being annal one of them???)... I also experienced the gratifying sensation of a warehouse full of every single frame set, bolt and bit to build any bike ever made in nine different ways (Sorry if this sounds a bit cocky is not the intent) and after a few years of "goofing" around, after helping and being helped with many builds, after making many friends in all sides of the BMX spectrum and around the world, I came to realize the only TRUE standard to Judge a bike is the "Era correctness" Scenario.... And NEVER EVER, no matter where you go, you will be able to please the crowd (I don't care if is a crowd of 5 or 500) and this applies to all bikes... no matter what you build (I have seen shows won with 94% of the voting ballot and still some moaning was heard for a few "months" after I know many people out there is happy with original parts, but this doesn't necessarily mean they have to be dug out of the local Craig's list/Salvation army/garage sale or the bike junk yard... There are beautiful examples in this thread for under 2K, but The fact that someone may have the ability to afford NOS mint parts or the "nasty expensive/forbidden" exotics (No matter at what cost) does not make it a bad builder or a bad build.... and in my eyes, for personal preference, all the contrary!!!... Is this kind of build better than a SURVIVOR or a fairly economical build??? NO, NOT AT ALL!!! but it doesn't make it less either... Sadly, I know of many collectors that stick to the inexpensive builds and the "originality/purity" concept for all the wrong reasons (which honestly comes to be $$$ in most cases, and don't take me wrong here, is perfectly all right not to be throwing your hard earned money away on BMX)... BUT, with that said, many people around our hobby keeps bashing and undermining others because of their taste of restoring (Namely POLISHING and Triple Chroming), or for spending excessive amounts on 1st generation/prototype/one of one/etc parts... So I ask, so what???... If someone is happy with a tube of elbow grease and a can of rust remover, why somebody else cant be happy with mothers polishing compound and 1K chrome jobs???.... You cannot seriously tell me the so called by many "Beauty Queens" look bad, you cannot possibly tell me that spending a small fortune and hundreds of hours restoring a part to perfection has no merit... NO WAY!!! In my humble opinion, our hobby, like it or not, is following rapidly the same steps of the vehicle collecting scene... You can see your true originals and also the perfectly restored, and if you have ever witness a high ticket auction up close, you would be left scratching your head in disbelief comparing the final value between one and the other... (I had a friend form Germany stayed at my house for a couple days, he made his trip exclusively to hunt down the inside of an ashtray for his car.... and he paid $ 2,800 for it)... I LOVE SURVIVORS!!!, AND I LOVE NOS... I LOVE TO POLISH ALL MY CRAPOOLA UNTIL MY NAILS CHATTER!!!!... But you will never catch me talking bad about your effort or your taste, and that my friends is NOT Being annal!!!