I'm gearing up to do some crossover work and want to make sure my toolkit is up to par. The first thing I think I probably should do is replace my $15 Rat Shack special soldering iron with an upgrade of some sort. The thing takes forever to heat up and doesn't seem to maintain a very constant temp based on some other work I've done with it.
So, my question is are there good irons to be had for under $50 or are they all pretty much the same until you get up to a $100 Weller or something like that? And are there any particular tips (like skinnier conicals or maybe flat tips) that work well for XO's and other PCB's?