Those Max's are very intriguing. It looks like they are everything the Deck should have been. I hadn't heard anything about them and I did a lot of research before buying my Filco. Maybe I will make that my next purchase instead of the Topre. Have you used any other Mechanical boards that you can use for comparison in quality?
Also, what are the differences in the Nighthawk X8 and the G1NL? Is there anything other than aesthetics?
What didn't you like about your Deck board? That's one I was considering before I found the Max.
If you don't need the backlighting, then I'm sure the Filco is every bit as nice as the Max boards (and they've been around a lot longer). In the end, the Cherry switches are really the most important part as long as the board is made well, right?
Regarding other mechanical boards, I have a CM Storm (Cooler Master) Quickfire Pro at work. It is very sturdily-built, and feels and types just like my Max. I would have kept the Quickfire Pro for home, but I realized I needed full 104-key backlighting in that room. Note that I've only had the Quickfire Pro for about a month, so I don't have that much experience with either.
Other than the shell, the Tesoro Durandal Ultimate boards actually look a LOT like the Nighthawk. They might actually feature the same guts? (The headset and USB jacks appear to be in exactly the same place, seems to be the same cord, and the cord emerges from the board in the same position.) I hadn't heard of the G1NL board before today.