Veritas and Lie Nielsen might be expensive, but you have to do no tuning other than perhaps sharpening the blade a little or changing the secondary bevel angle.
I am not a particularly lazy person; the reason I would avoid any tuning is that I do not have the tools and jigs for the job and also a really bad plane will require days or weeks of work and it might not worth it at the end (unless you have access to a machinist's workshop). I would prefer to refurbish a century old Stanley instead.
New Stanleys get really bad reviews. They can be as the trash made in Asia for the cheapskates in the western market, or decent. However, most reviews agree that the new irons are not very good and should be replaced.
SB4s do not seem to be available here. Only SB3s for 30-40€.
I was thinking going with a jack plane, but will modifying a blade and using the plane as a scrub effect any warranty?
I am also considering this one, thanks to Marc Spagnuolo: http://www.axminster.co.uk/lie-niels...k-plane-421008
Because of my limited budget (this one will require like 95% of it :P) and space this makes better sense, especially since I am beginner and I have lots of things to learn.
As for sharpening, I have sharpened knifes and chisels before. It takes time because I am not skilled with Bench Grinders and I prefer the control of working slowly by hand, but the resulting blades are scary sharp. All the chisels that I use in my Wooden Shotglass video were sharpened by me.