All I can say after reading all of this is that the Swedish-built Albin 25 I have (hull number 737) is an amazing piece of engineering and manufacturing. It's drop-dead simple - everything you need and nothing you don't.
That said, what is there is very high quality. The stainless handrails, the fiberglass, everything they put on them is top-shelf. They saved money by leaving the frills out.
Now, what does that tell us about the American-built Albins, from Rhode Island? Probably nothing. All they really had in common was the name and the idea for an aft-cabin boat which became the A-27.
Personally, I don't much care. Driftless has been and continues to be a wonderful boat, seaworthy (in sensible coastal waters) and economical. What more do I need?
That's my two smallest-units-of-currency's worth. YMMV
Go small, go simple, go now.