Finding a letterpress was a perplexing adventure. Along with huge knowledge dump about the technology, there is so many models with so much, mostly unwritten, history. It was a lot of fun learning about the different inventors, manufactures and overall evolution.
After much searching, the chosen press is a Hohner 6.5x10 (Pilot). The Hohner is a German made clone of a C&P Pilot which was rebranded and sold by American Printing Equipment & Supply Co. between 1960 and 1980. According to a company representative, they were mostly sold to schools and universities. Many printing experts consider them the best in their class. Despite the romantic obsession with some of the older presses like the Daughaday Model press, it seemed a better investment to lean toward a better quality machine.
Finding this machine was difficult, but I did find one and I am having it restored by T and T Press Restoration. It isn't much to look at right now, but it is good to save a brillant machine from the dump.