I've been all over these forums for the past few days. I saw a Smokin Tex in the Williams Sonoma catalog, figured it must be cheaper on the net, and found the CS site. Your dedication and gushing posts (especially regarding customer service) convinced me that I really wanted a CS instead. It also helped to see the ready availability of spare parts and accessories on the CS site.
I wanted an SM009, figuring the stainless exterior would be best since I live on salt water (would have loved an Americue, but that is outside my budget).
I found the best price of $478 including shipping at America's Best Barbecue, but they were out of stock. The next best price I could find was $479.99 at Cabela's. For a CS, they add $12 to their normal $16.95 shipping charge since it is oversize, for a total of $508.94; about $30 more then the best price, but I didn't feel too patient, and I've ordered stuff from Cabela's before with good results.
Now all I have to do is keep reading this great forum while I wait with bated breath. I hope it doesn't take too long...