I'll hit the shop on Saturday for more details and start the nego.
Now that we weren't able to dissuade you from buying the Rollei, I'm feeling a bit more comfortable to hijack this thread. Not only I didn't managed to dissuade you out of buying I got some severe GAS myself in the process . I'm thinking of buying my first TLR. However, I cannot afford to spend more than around 100-120$ including shipping (which unfortunately in my case could mount to 50$ by itself). I've read a bit for the last few days and figured out that my best chances are Super Ricohflex, Czech Flexarete, Yashica A or 635 and maybe with a bit of luck Yashica-mat (not the 124). Even these, for 60-80$ (after shipping deduction) are extremely hard to find in working condition.
Am I missing something here? Are there any "cheap" but reliable TLR's (not Lubitels or Seagulls of course). Or should I pass it for now? My intention is mostly to shoot landscapes and portraits on 120mm B&W film and develop it myself.
Hit eBay for a Rollei. The 3.5D and 3.5E sometimes sell for that amount (less the shipping). I got my first 2.8E for not much more (I think I paid $150 for it).
Since you plan on using it, I would avoid the earlier models (the Old Standard etc) as they are getting old enough to likely require servicing. And their internal mirror will be failing (the silver does deteriorate over time, much more so on the pre-war models), and the ground glass isn't nearly as good as 'later' ones (meaning 1960's vintage).
I write that as someone who rarely uses his 1929 Rollei (first year of production). I much prefer the more modern ones.
Also, keep your eye open for one with a built in meter that is broken; you can frequently get a really nice camera with a bad meter cheap. And if the one you are eyeing has a meter, make certain it is working, or offer lots less. I've never had an model Rollei with a working meter (I've gone through quite a few in the last 40 years). Electronics was not their strong suite.
You'll never go wrong with one of their TLR's.