To comment on the recent sales:
Brooks hiked up their AE prices a few weeks ago so the deals there won't be as good as they used to be. Plus, you will be able to do better than 30% there down the road.
Didn't see it above, but amazon is doing 25% off a bunch of models in case anyone is interested.
Best deal right now for first quality is on the JAB stuff, buy two pairs to get over $500 and get the maximum discount. I used a popular rebate site and got another 10% back. I like the shape of the PA better than the Boardroom but the 7 last fits my foot better. I think the 7 last is a little bit more full, so if you are an E in the 5 last you might want to consider a D in the 7.
I wore my first pair of Boardrooms to a wedding out of the box. Feet felt great all night. That sold me on the last. Now I have 3 pairs.