I use a Epson 4870 scanner myself
and looking at the comparisons posted between the drum scanner and the 4870
i'm stil very happy with my choice.
With a proper amount of Photoshop skill you can get alot out of the scanner

Epson 4970 Review

Take a look at this review it also makes comparisons to drum scanner and some film scanners.

The fuzzy edges as stated before can be helped by a good amount of USM
if you get a hang of this function you'll be able to avoid the 'halo's' around subjects and really get alot out of this scanner