That said, the old ones are priced more than I am willing to spend.
Well, yes and no. It all depends. If it's one of the 1930s pens with the gold filigree overlays? Then yes. Probably too expensive by far. If it's the lever filler I spotted a few years ago in an antiques mall in my area, with the nib bent at about a 90° angle, and (STILL) priced at nearly $300 US? Way too expensive (I basically laughed in the woman's face over that and walked out...).
OTOH, the one my husband bought at the antiques fair a couple of months ago? It was... four bucks. (Okay, it DID have the cap of one of the Parkers on it, and the Waterman cap on one of those...). But my husband ended up buying all three pens at that price (four bucks each). The 1980s era (I think) Waterman Exclusive was ten. I had some trouble finding a converter to fit it right -- even a Waterman converter; but ten bucks for a pen with an 18K nib? Not too shabby.
Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth
"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."