Wow, talk about decisions decisions! I really thought it would be a, "well these are your best options, and go!" type, but the response from everyone has been absolutely wonderful.
From what I have looked at thus far, the Unicomp boards definitely give me that "sound" that I was looking for, but like I said, have the dated look. One question I have, is there any way to mod/customize those boards?
On the Cherry MX side, I like the look of the Rosewill (that red backplate is pretty slick) and the BlackWidow (only for the backlighting/glow effects), but the negatives about the Ultimate have me definitely cautious about even thinking of dropping an extra 40 bucks for some pretty lights.