I've been wanting a professional grade meat slicer for years after hearing all of the nightmares about the plastic cheap jobs out there. I finally found a Craigslist add from a guy who's family sandwich shop closed a couple years ago and the only thing he kept was a Berkel 827a meat slicer. He needed room in his small apartment and had to get rid of this heavy appliance. This is a $1300 slicer and he was asking $350 for it! I called and for grins asked what his bottom dollar was on it and he said $275! I picked it up today and there was no way I was haggling further on this beautiful 12" unit! It had a few years worth of veg oil build up, but a lil elbow grease and this thing was cleaned up and working like new! Heck, if I didn't like it, I could sell it for twice what I paid for it! I love this thing and can't wait to slice up some sausage, pepperoni, salami etc! One thing I have to say about cleaning aluminum though... don't use easy off oven cleaning spray! I oxidized the aluminum, but I'm sure that I can find a product that will shine the aluminum like new. That's the next project. I didn't have a lot to slice today, but after sharpening up the blade I ran an onion through it for a test drive and it worked flawlessly!