My approx. 5 yr old, 36" Sony WEGA Trinitron KV-36FS16 with the incredibly heavy flat glass screen that weighs as much as a small stove (~275Lbs IIRC) has decided to stop working. Researching things on the web produced some probable causes, but nothing definitive. They all sound kind of expensive and then there is the hit and miss of finding a competent and "honest TV repair man". Is that an oxymoron? Since this set is so massively heavy, I figure a house call will be needed, probably adding to the expense of service. I've heard some sad stories of TV repairs and am reluctant to take the risk and wind up buying a new set anyway. Anyway, I'll miss this beast of a TV. Plus, I bought a build-in-place entertainment center just to fit the thing, and boy is it a snug fit, so I'll need another stand, cabinet, or something to hold all the audio and media stuff that's on this current set-up. But I guess my question is... Anybody have any luck repairing TV's these days, or are they pretty much throw away items? This one was around $1,500 IIRC. Not what I tend to think of as a disposable item, but then, that's me. All the retailer ads seem to be focused on HD and 16:9 format, so it might be nice to pony up and enter the new universe of high dollar TV, but good lord, all the options are dizzying. I'm kind of a technically oriented guy, and have reviewed a lot of these things in the last few days, but it is still going to be a difficult decision. Any suggestions from big-screen owners out there in hearthnet land? New or repair the old? New screen size? I'm thinking 60+ since it will be HD, and I think that's kosher with my 10 - 11 foot viewing distance. Plasma, rear projection with a bulb in there to blow out sooner or later (is rear projection the same as LCD?), or an old reliable (even if not in my current TV's case) CRT tube model? Are these new fangled sets as good as the old CRT tube jobs in color accuracy? Does the HD thing outweigh such issues? Lots of questions. I need a TV mentor I suppose. How does gramma and granpa buy a set with all these options? sheesh! If I can't find an overriding reason to buy one of the 16:9 HD jobs, I may just try and find a tube TV that fits into the existing entertainment center. Somebody save me if that seems like a big mistake. I know a lot of this is probably personal preference, but I guess I'm looking for some informed enthusiasts to help me spend some serious TV money. FYI: I have DirecTV with premium and local channels and two standard definition TiVo units hooked to this set. One old DirecTV Tivo and one Series 2 box. I think a new HD TiVo is now going for around $300 plus monthly. So that would be an additional purchase I'd probably want to make.