"Earlt" is tired-type for "early". Well, after much thought and ponderance, I pulled the trigger on a new 261 today to replace/accompany my 30+ year old Mac 610. Thought the pro model was worth the extra $$ over the 291. 16 in bar same as my Mac has. Excited to spin it up tomorrow!! Thanks for all the feedback from you guys during my search. Appreciate it.