Rochester, NY - US
There's a good Esky sale going on right now at http://hobby-estore.com/
I am a big fan of the BCP. With the exception of the tail motor, everything on it is solid as long as you avoid crashing it.
I don't think you can compare maintenance costs between models unless you're making very detailed flight/crash records. I don't fly my other helis nearly as much as the blade, mostly because it costs so much to repair them, and consequently I spend more money fixing the blade every month because I spend more time flying it. If everything goes well and I don't crash, the only maintenance cost of my BCP is a new tail motor about every other month.
The other nice thing about the blade is that I can buy parts in most hobby stores instead of having to wait for them to get shipped.-fox