I was going to ask the same question but never got around to it. Most of the time people just say “go to radioshack” and that is exactly what I did and I have been through two radio shack irons now. The first one I lost but the 2nd one after only using it two times the tip came loose and trying to tighten it down only made it worse. when I did my dual mod on the TE a few weeks ago my tip was so loose that i could move 3/4" from one side to the other so I had to “rest” the top on things very carefully and try to heat them up enough to solder. Made things 5x harder than they should have been.
The mod came out ok though despite the handicap
I think I am looking for something between the $15 radio shack iron that feels like its going to melt itself and breaks after 3 uses, and these $100 pro irons.
I want something that is for an enthusiast that needs something reliable and quality.
If there is no such thing, guess I will save up for one of these $100 ones. But I was looking at stuff like this.
I think I would do better with something like the Aoyue because the iron is nice and slim (pencil type) making it easy for me to hold and handle with my awkward way that I hold a soldering iron. The Weller looks pretty thick like my radio shack one and so its a bit more awkward for me to hold.