I need a Smith Bench for my home gym, as my workout partner and spotter recently moved away, leaving me flying solo. I want a good quality piece that I will not hurt myself on, but I don't know if there is a meaningful difference between a $600 Smith Bench and a $1500 Smith Bench. I like the bearings better than the bushings I have tried, and am leaning at present toward either the Body Solid series 7 smith, or the Body Solid modular power center with linear bearings. Does anyone have experience with this company, or know of another model I should check out in the $1500 range? The series 7 rods are 7 degrees out of vertical, what advantage does this give? All my experience has been with vertical rods. Looking for any advice. Thanks Wanna kill these ads? We can help!