It's 1300 Euros, so a bit more, but a really nice bike. It's one that I'm considering buying right now.
Used - not all used bikes are bad I imagine.
You're probably better off asking this question in the 29'er forum. I don't think many people in the All-Mountain section come looking for advice on HT 29ers.
True, most real riders don't bother with 29'ers.
KONA HONZO. I've been looking to buy a 29er AM HT that I can use for XC races but also not be a bore to ride outside of XC rides. The honzo is looking like the best deal. It's just under your price range and has a good build! My real AM ride is a 2011 specialized enduro but I've been gassing for some big hoops lately. My enduro is the best AM bike of all time in my opinion but I like to do a race every now and then and that's where the honzo comes in. I just can't conform to the fairy XC crowd so I need a bike that rips too. Ironically I've finished top 10 in alot of cat 1 races on my enduro against guys on XC bikes. My nickname is "jumpy" because I am literally the only person who races with flats.