@BB: dood. There's at least one guy in this thread that started riding in the 70s, I started riding in the 80s. Ya think we *may* just know what we're talking about?!
If you're going to throw money at something, throw money at something worth throwing money at.
If you like steel, go find an old SL or 531 frame. If you're touring on it, go find an old touring frame. They're out there for inexpensive.
If you're not willing to listen to the answers, why ask the questions?