I have a 1988 27" Sony that still suffices in our family room. Awhile ago, it stopped responding to the remote. I believe it has a dead infrared receptor because our Sony VCR still responds to the Sony multi-remote (so the remote works), but the television does not. Everything else about the tv works fine and I think we'll always be able to find some use for it until there are no more analog broadcasts. We use a sat box so channel changing isn't a problem. The biggie is that we can't control the volume with the remote so it's a hassle when surfing due to channel volumes being all over the map. I think there are some local places that will repair most any tv for $100, but if I can do this myself with some parts from Radio Shack, I'd give it a try.