You could get the E6 but I can imagine you wanting something better down the road...If anything the E6 should give you more volume though!
AFAIK a fairly well assembled Cmoy sounds better than an E6. You should check out the UK Ebay site for something similar. I've seen some crazy projects that sold for ~£20-£35.
Just another thing to waste your time with ;P. You can always get the E6, because even if you stop using it, there's always going to be someone you know with a similar issue.