Funny thing: just this past Saturday at our local pen gathering (hosted by Ron Meloche) one of the fellows had a 626 in green. Looked like a remarkably well-preserved Jade Balance from the 20s but even more like the Balance II that Sheaffer came out with. I had wanted to get one of those in the brown marblized celluloid but everyone cautioned me that they were cracking, breaking, falling apart. These pens, at $30, won't be a big issue and if they aren't up to snuff of the greatest pens of the past, they surely have upped their game in production quality to match most any pen being made today. Beyond that, these are handsome pens, not some cheaply made trinket.
I'll never go away from my great pens of the past, but quality pens at a reasonable (if not *cheap*) price are good in a number of ways, not least of which is encouraging other makers to up their game, as well.