Joe, I'm not a Mill City fanboy either, just ask Steve. LOL
Not sure who AWC is, the roaster looks like a DY. (Which I have the PDF with pricing from 2016)
And have messaged with them concerning the sale last year. There is a YouTube video from an owner from NZ pointing out some of the minor flaws he had to correct, no problem if your handy or have friends with a lathe.
One of my issue with Chinese coffee roasters has do with politics and trade policy. Other thing are some design flaws and mistakes that can ship uncorrected.
My connections are in Taiwan, specifically with the Yang-Chia machines manufactured in Taichung. I'm on good terms with the Dealer in Taipei, and can help any member who might want to spend more money on a quality built roaster from a reputable builder/dealer. It would need to be self imported.
There's another Taiwan brand machine that's considerably more expensive than Yang-Chia; Kapok in Kaohsiung. One of our members has the 500g machine; self imported.
Circling back to the North, that's what everything else in it's price range gets compared to.