Even though conventional wisdom suggests that a rear-projection television, if properly calibrated and maintained, should last a decade or longer, evidence suggests otherwise. A year ago, Stereophile Guide to Home Theater editor-in-chief Thomas J. Norton touched off a minor controversy by stating, in an answer to a reader's letter, that four years seems like a "reasonable" service life from an RPTV (the reader's set had just fatally quit on him after only that amount of time). Here, at HTF, some members report that their old analog sets are still running after ten or more years. Others are posting about critical failures after only a year or two of service. We all know a CRT-based RPTV is more maintenance-intensive than a direct-view monitor, but what are some of the real-world stories any of you might care to share? Specifically, what are your maintenence and reliability experiences with recent-vintage, HD-capable RPTVs? Still running strong with only a few convergences? Or one frustrating problem after another to the point of you wanting to dump home theater and take up fly-fishing instead? Nothing scientific here. Just interested in your experiences. Thank you.