I have one I bought about fifteen or twenty years ago, new. I paid less than $100 for it, so I doubt it's the version you are talking about. Heavy, but not as heavy as older ones I have seen. The weight is not an issue and I am glad it's not any heavier. What is a slight issue is "play" of "lash" in the threads. If you are adjusting it in one direction and decide to go back, it takes a significant turn of adjusting screws to get it to move. Perhaps the older usints are the same, but it would be nice if it were not true. The indicators and scales on mine are coarse and at best are a guestimate of where to start dialing it in.