When we first started, I bought a used 6 color 4 station micro reg side clamps Rototex press from a man who had a nasty divorce for $800. The press is solid and built pretty well. I would say the specific press I have was built around 1990?
I also bought two used 1990 8 color 8 station hopkins press with micros and side clamps, 16 newman roller frames, two 24" x 36" flash dryers, for $4,000.
Basically, if you look around, you will find a lot of deals out there. I would buy used if you can, especially on a manual press. You will get more value for your money.