Most Romanians you come across will be of CAI build, despite not being the top of the line as far as quality control, fitting, etc. . . It's hard to totally screw up an AK, especially if that's your gig. CAI's are sometimes a little rough, scratches, loose mag fit, tough to sight, etc., but nothing that can't be fixed pretty easily. These are good guns.
I've personally been scoping out the Lancaster's for my next AK, especially because they now offer "stainless steel match grade barrels" on any rifle, for only $22 extra. Now I can't tell you how much of a difference this would make regarding accuracy. . . I just don't know
I've read mostly good, few (but existent, mostly cosmetic) bad reviews and think they would definitely be a big step up from a CAI or other like build. I've only shot one Lancaster, its been a while, but I do remember the feel (good) and they will deliver 10"-12" groups off a knee, prone, sandbag, etc. But,
this was a 7.62, I believe, so the '74 may deliver more?