Re: Crossbow suggestions?
The Tenpoint/Wicked Ridge are good bows for compounds and Excalibur for recurves. Some of the Tenpoint and Excalibur models would be a little above your price range though especially by the time you get a complete package with arrows. Both companies have outstanding customer service. Even the "low-end" bows in these lines are quality products that will last for years. The ATA show will be in a couple of weeks and the new bows will be released. You may want to wait until after that. The best thing is to go somewhere where you can handle the different bows to see which ones "feel" the best.
Traditions only last if you pass them down to your kids!