Originally Posted by DonH
can a Perlick be had for around $20? excluding the shank (which I will need)?
The cheapest Perlick faucets are chrome, which is much cheaper than stainless steel. So if you're OK with chrome, that'll save you money.
The old model Perlick was the 525. The chrome one is model 525PC. You should be able to find the 525PC for $20. A few examples:http://www.ritebrew.com/product-p/843162.htm
[$19 but currently out of stock, maybe that's it for them since discontinued]http://www.homebrewing.org/Perlick-Chrome-PlatedStainless-Lever_p_3395.html
If you wanted to go stainless (525SS) you're looking at $35+ per faucet.
The recently updated model is the 630SS (doesn't appear to come in the cheaperchrome). Don't know much about them but here's a link discussing the differences
. Evidently some people had leak problems with 525s that the new design is supposed to address. For what it's worth, I and tons of other people here have used the 525 without issue, so I would absolutely recommend going with it if it's cheaper than the new 630.
I was shopping for stainless faucets and shanks so I'm not sure this holds true for chrome, but RiteBrew had far and away the best shank prices when I was building my kegerator last year. If you're only buying one faucet and one shank it's probably not worth ordering from separate places though.
Good luck and happy building!