Hi, here is my 97 Xizang. Not fully old school, but 100% high end selected parts. Thomson titanium bar, Masterpiece seatpost, King/Mavic 819 wheels, XTR drivetrain (with inverted rear mech and carbon-Ti titanium chainrings), Avid black ops v-brakes... Love riding it!
Your Not Kidding, that saddle alone here would make 500 to 1000 on its own, that old Bontrager of mine was under 500 finished.
Keith Bontragers choice was "Strong, Light, Cheap....Pick two"...…………..I tried to squeeze all three....
Your Merlin is Like a peep in a Boutique window, Lush, But even in a lockdown its needs some mud on it..., ride it and take some pics. Its perfect for social distancing during a global pandemic.