Thanks for your help/replies. and well, the other thing I would say is: bugger.
I'd be pretty pissed if I got another bunch of CMC's like I did last time with TDK (which is why I didn't exactly leap at the chance to get the 48x even though people said they were Riteks...)
I've seen the TY on sale online, and I suppose the price is pretty okay, I've just been stubbornly tempted by the prospect of getting really cheap fujis.
Well, as it is, I might try buying one spindle and seeing if I get lucky, and worst case scenario I end up with cheap-ass CMC's for $5. Anyone like my odds? I might even try whining to the customer support people and seeing if that helps...