I am in the same process. - Looking for a very good reel push mower.
I am in a townhouse/quad home situation where we have lawn service for general mowing, fertilizing, shrub trimming that is pretty much amateurish and many people do not even bother to water properly (clay with high run-off). Since I have a good location with 3-30' blue spruce, 40' ash plush shrubs that are real assets, I decided to get a reel mower to do things right after the lawn butchers do their quick job (fast, wide tires high height and pack it down to look good for a day or so. - I will also get some good exercise and pride.
It is hard to find a real good reel mower now. I don't want to go to the extremes that I have seen internationally where greens on a golf course are trimmed by hand with a scissors, but just good enough to make others do something as an improvement.