Hi Jim,
I got into 8x10 with a Deardorf, a Commercial Ektar lens, 8 holders, and a 4x5 reducing back for about $1200. Add in the Azo and amidol and it was still less than $2000.

Its a real toss-up between the Masterview and a Deardorf. I consider them as equals in quality and design and about equal in price. There's a lot more 'Dorfs out there though, so they are easier to come by.