I am in a similar position; currently getting the $$$ together to get the VBM. I was lucky enough to go see Chris at Talkcoffee (one of the site sponsors) to bench test this machine, as well as a few others.
Chris is fantastic; apart from being able to use the machines, he gets your requirements and helps recommend the right machine for you.
I would take the VBM over others for the build quality and the fact that very few appear to have issues (reading from this and other forums). It also suits my requirements, but once again what I am looking for in a machine may differ from what you want, so have a chat with Chris