I just picked mine up mine from CVS today. $4 something a bottle. I can understand that the scent may not appeal to everyone, but it does to me and I LOVE it. To me it's slightly similar to Pinaud Special Reserve. Used it after my shave today, and it's the same high quality that you'd expect from Aqua Velva. Burns a bit! But very soothing otherwise, obviously no "cooling" effect as with the Classic. The scent lasts a short while, and it's strong enough to not use any cologne. Slightly old man-ish, but I never considered that a bad thing anyway and prefer those types of scents.
I like the smell and how the A/S makes my face feel, but boy, the scent is very strong. As a face-splash it's almost overhwelming. I think going forward I'll be using it more as a cologne, as the scent has a pretty long hang-time, even on my hands after several washings.. I need to find a milder-smelling splash, because, as I said, I love how it feels on my face/neck area, but the scent seems to take on a life of its own! I don't remember the regular AV being so "present" back when I used to use it. This stuff cuts to the front, I recall the AV blue sort of just hanging out in the background..
I just discovered a Dutch vendor that carries AV Musk, , so I now have my source. Thanks for the concern, gents! (And pondering that Violetta, Dave - I'm not a big glycerin soap guy, maybe I should try once more...)