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It's more a matter of price difference rather than ride quality or 'settling' for one over the other. Your average quality straight guage Ti frame is about 2000 bucks, a decent double butted 3/2.5 frame is pushing 3k.
If there was the choice between a new Chinese/Taiwanese Ti frame and a second-hand US made frame, I'd go the second-hand US made frame. Much better value, much better quality, and you're investing in the wealth of Ti framebuilding knowledge that has been developing for the past 25 years. A quick rub with some Scotchbrite or a bead-blast and you've got a frame that's as good as new, in all senses.