I recently rented one to see how it would do for some spontaneous street work,
and am pretty blown away by the camera. Some results.

Even a used rig could run $2000 from KEH, though the bargains are typically well worth it, and could bring the price down to merely $1200-$1500

Two schools of thought:

"do you need that much camera?" -vs- "why not? life is short"

Could buy a Rollei and a frugal week in Italy for that much....
listen to your gut.