Bugle was the cheep go to.
only had it a few times but was garbage to the best of my recollection which is honestly not great. drum was the go to for roll your own. this was a lighter-colored tobacco and cheaper than pre-rolls i think but still kind of mess to deal with.
My dad tried the Laredo machine and tobacco, but didn't stick with it.
Oh yeah. When getting papers was difficult or even illegal, bugler came through. You’re right, drum was go to self roller smoke.
Laredo allowed side stepping a bunch of tax too.