I agree with respect to the love of the craft. These days it seems that only the love keeps the analog processes rolling along, so it should be something you enjoy or there's no point in it. Well, at least how it works out in my mind.
I shoot mostly large format but I do have a Canon A1, and it's a squeaker. Have you thought about lubricating your shutter yourself? I looked into that but then I have so many cameras I don't see the point to fix the squeaker since it gets used like once a year at best...
Keep coming back and don't give up! It's nice to see new blood around here!