I've got a 1970s 14" Rockwell Delta that I bought new to make wooden toys with. It is a hobby level machine. It came with 1/2hp but that failed soon. Now has 1hp. Both of the original pulleys failed, I replaced them with cast iron. The motor mounting failed, replace with thicker steel. The blade guides are steel rub blocks, less than ideal. The mounting for the guides is cast zinc, has failed twice. This saw will take a 3/4" blade for resawing but the frame isn't stiff enough for serious work. The riser block (I don't have) would be hopeless for any thing other than very slow light feeding.
I bought a used Mini-Max 17" with a welded steel frame for $400. A much better saw, no flex even resawing 12". I think it was made by Samco in Italy.
Since a lot of people seem to be happy with what ever they have, I'm guessing they are very light users of their saws.
We no longer use a vertical bandsaw for any production work. We do use a small Baker horizontal for resawing. Great machine, 20hp, hydraulic feed.
I think you will be hard pressed to find any new 14" bandsaw that isn't made in China. If you consider a Chinese tool as a kit, that can be made into something that works, they are probably a good value. I bought a 1440 Chinese lathe a couple of years ago, as a hobby machine. It works, but certainly isn't something I'd buy for a business.