I'm in the same boat (pun may be intended) as the original poster. Anyone have any thoughts on a 1980 Cal 2 25? There's one in my area that's being offered up for a very modest price and from what I can tell it's in very good condition...like I say though, from what I (an admitted novice) can tell.
I'm thinking it's a good starter since I wouldn't "freak" if I ding it up a bit in my learning phase.
PS: I have a buncha questions but I guess I'll start another post with those so as not to hijack the thread ; )