I have one of the wood-bodied Regal-Saga roundneck guitars, and I like it very much for fingerstyle and for swing, but not so much for blues. It sure is a good deal, though. Just the other day I played a new Dobro brand that looked identical to my Regal and it didn't sound nearly as good, plus the finish work on the frets and fretboard was frankly very poor. I'd sure like to have a National for blues, but as you say, it's a lot of money. I checked at Gruhn, Elderly, and Mandolin Bros. and they run $2000 to $4000 for a single cone duolian or triolian, to twice that for a tricone. I'll let you know how my building project turns out, probably by Christmas. The first one probably will not be a work of art, but I have high hopes for the second. Planning to spend some money on the cones, though.