I had been doing my best to develop carpal tunnel syndrome by changing my Macap stepless grinder back and forth between espresso-fine and presspot-coarse, so I decided I needed another grinder. Unfortunately, I couldn't justify getting another Mazzer/Macap type of grinder for that, both for the cost and the amount of space it consumes. So, heeding the advice from this list, I started looking for a hand crank grinder.
I quickly learned about the troubles that Zassenhaus has had, and, though I know they're starting to be re-imported soon, I'm all about instant gratification, so I didn't want to wait for them to hit our shores. I tried trawling through eBay, and most of the Zass's there were being sold from Europe. I managed to find one domestic one, even though Zassenhaus was misspelled in the listing, and proceeded to bid it up to $60 for a 151 (which Tom lists for $62 -- didn't exactly get a bargain).
After emailing the poster a couple of times, I learned that it had been 'sitting on a shelf' for a few years, and apparently hadn't ever been used. Having read about alleged quality problems Zass had in the recent past, and seeing some troubling example pics of some burrs online, I thought that buying one a few years old may be a good thing.
Well, it has arrived, is in 'like-new' condition, and has clearly never had coffee (or anything else) put through it. The bottom board is slightly warped downward, so there is a 1mm gap where it joins to the body on the front and back. It doesn't affect how it works, though. The burrs look like they're in perfect shape.
I've put a bunch of throw-away beans through it, and checked out the resulting grind, and it looks nice and even. I won't be using it for espresso, but it seems very capable of doing the job for the press.
Now I have to go and roast some more.