Lamar, nopes, it doesn't get worse in my case. Only if you realize you're into photography, not photography gear history/service/collecting, you may be saved. There's nothing wrong with any hobbies though, so it's not a bad thing not to be saved in this regard
10 or 20$ discount wouldn't make me happy about spending $75 to have a camera serviced, but if it's a good service, it's worth it, you'll feel the difference. I've once bought a cheap body for spare parts and was able to get 50% off, so it was 6$ in the end for a corroded Ricoh XR-1 - still working well at 1/8s and faster.
I've recently sold nearly half of my gear, no regrets. Bodies, lenses, accessories, it was all gathering dust, so I've cleared the shelves, leaving only one operable SLR (plus body for spare parts) with it's lenses, one RF, one MF camera and I bought cheap backup SLR and RF.
In my case, I've shot with every popular (= "I could try working with that") camera type on small and medium format, minus box cameras. Somehow I miss that single experience... If there's a box camera with tessar-like lens available very cheaply that I could work on, I'd be happy to read about it. Selling one camera to buy another, it took me some years, but after purchasing Moskva 5 I can say I've seen all I ever wanted, and then some... From plasticky amateur level and worse (Smena) up to pro, manual and AF SLRs... TLRs, M/AF viewfinder cameras, 35mm and MF rangefinders, 6x9 folders with frame and brilliant finders, pinhole cameras with no composition aids etc, etc... 90% of the time I can say "been there, done that" and I'm not curious any longer in the sense, that I think pushed you to check FSU RFs.
Regarding MF, I haven't found a proper tool so far, but knowing what I know, I'd say Texas Leica will do the trick. I'm stuck with Moskva 5 till my life gets better - I still feel like it won't happen in Poland though, but I don't feel like it may happen for an immigrant in the west either, so I'm doing my best with what I have, where I am, and if I'm pissed off enough, I'm leaving to a place like Madagascar, Sumatra or even Tuva... I can't frame precisely with that soviet badass, that's the only real problem with Moskva. The shutter needs CLA, but it gets the job done as it is. And filters - well, I can hold a Cokin filter with my hand, it's not a big deal.
I've sold Pentacon Six that needed to be serviced, to buy a Moskva and a tripod - eat a cookie, have a cookie...
With 35mm film, I've finally settled on a simple set of cheap SLR bodies and lenses (I was afraid to get expensive gear out), mounts or brands doesn't matter at all, I'm rather interested in certain set of features and good tactile feel. I need tools unobtrusive and primitive enough to dream with, and haptic features, like the right tension on the shutter button or the right amount of force needed to wind the film, help here a lot. I'm feeling better with 410g (or 14.5 oz) of simplistic, mechanical body, than with ~700g of full-blown AF SLR, for example.
If what I own won't cope with what I need it to do, I'm not addicted to luxury, I have a multitude of options. What's most important, I know quite well what photos I want to make. I keep FSU rangefinders as a trustworthy, but oversimplified backup.
If I may put my 2 cents, Zorki 1, C or Fed 1 are worth checking out. Being a Leica clones, those are really smooth and compact cameras, completely different feel from Zorki 4, plus their tiny, dismal, 0.7x viewfinder actually helps to frame the image correctly. I've also had my adventures with a collapsible Industar, which is brilliant lens, though it surely retro or vintage in terms of IQ (but I've never left a lens cap on!). I've checked all major body types (Leica, Contax, hybrid FED and Zorki, fixed-lens Minolta, folding Moskva...). Zorki C feels best of all RFs, but I think I'll try Fed 2 someday, as it gathers all the failures of all the models: it's big, heavy, has fast shutter times only and it comes with an unhandy, large rangefinder and smallest shutter dial imaginable. If not this rude boy, I'm back to Kievs, as it's even more of a failure, I miss slow speeds doing strange tzzzz... and loose parts making clunk-clunk.
I lack 35mm lens myself - not much in case of rangefinders (for the price I'd rather buy Oly XA and play with it), but with SLR. I have 35-80 and 24-55mm zooms and 50 and 28mm primes, so I'm not in a hurry to buy 35mm prime, even though I know it'll be my go-to lens. Now I'm taking more care to chose the right set of accessories and peripheral equipment properly and I'm shooting a lot of photos, so getting out when the light is right is my main concern. External viewfinder would be one more thing to fiddle with, a no-go for me. I know there's a proper Leica body for 35mm lens, so it's a matter of finding more things to be paid for...
If you're thinking about Jupiter 12, be sure to ask about scratches on the rear element and buy only a lens, that comes with proper rear cap. The rest is a matter of good fortune.
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Use the Force, Luke!