Don't let our tendency toward esoterica get you down.
You'll do fine. A great many of us appreciate your willingness to ask for our help.
I want to point out that spending a lot of money isn't necessarily "buying the best" and spending less isn't necessarily "cheaping out".
Take a read through this PDF
for a good comparison of a few of the most popular progressive presses.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.