Well, I talked to Ken this afternoon and it looks like my laundry list of needed repairs will add up to a lot of shekels, a little over $300 like yours. I suppose I can't complain, as I paid only $93 for the little beast as a fixer-upper, and will end up with an ugly $400 Panoram . . . that's not a bad price for a camera which is functionally same as new. If they work the same, then pretty and ugly will take the same pictures, and that's all that matters to me.
Of course, I gotta start robbing liquor stores to come up with the $$ to pay for the repairs!!