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I'm roasting with Behmor myself for the last 5 years, and currently thinking of possible upgrades - as you are. CR600 is my leading candidate. I considered the Bullet for some time, but eventually came to conclusion it was too complex for my taste. Not to use, but to maintain: it has some very...
Are you familiar with the Cormorant CR600? It's only 600gr, but it works on propane, and well below your price point. Good quality roaster, quite compact, and great for home use. The only problem is half a year waiting list.
If you think someone will tell you there are cheap brushes out there better than the top tier you have mentioned, it's not going to happen.
The only thing you are "missing" is some money in your wallet :D
I got one a couple of years ago because of its great smell. It is the absolutely worst performer of all the two dozens or so I have in rotation. Actually, it's the only one being kicked out of my rotation completely. Don't buy it!
I also like my 1600+, but if you want to roast 1lb batches, it won't be too fast. Preheat it for 2-3 min. Fast cooling is a bit of a problem too - especially for darker roasts. Taking out the basket (with gloves!) and cooling externally could be a solution.
P.S. Its shortcomings...