I am looking for a good, nice LD player to replace my Pioneer one, since I think it's about to die a painful death (noisy motor, the tray sometimes won't come out). So a friend offers me his Sony MDP-405GX player. The tray doesn't come out, either, and sometimes the machine won't eject the disc. Which is a problem, since 9 times out of 10, it won't even play it. And my Pioneer was bought because I needed to replace a Philips player I had, which, basically, stopped working completely. I might buy my uncle's Radio Shack player, but he tells me I have to wait until it comes out of the shop. He hopes this time it will be completely fixed, since third time is usually the good one. Did I mention I also read the story about DiscoVision, Philips and Magnavox? Is Laserdisc always this unreliable??? I've had plenty of bad experiences with it - something I can't say about practically every other HT / audio technology I've tried (VHS, Beta, MD, DVD, tape, turntable, whatever). Still, I need to replace my Pioneer player, and fast. I have a nice LD collection I'd love to keep (including the three THX-Certified LD's with the original Star Wars trilogy!). I just hope I can find a nice unit which works.