"limited number of Mits w/bad panels" LOL. We must be the only shop in town doing them because we have fixed a bunch of these, some even twice. What's odd is not many of them sold, they were way overpriced. These sets use "Mits guts" similar to what they put in DLP TV's (that's why they are 2x as thick as most LCD tv's) The guts never fail, it's always the panel.
Samsung makes panel for a lot of others but the panels are different than what they put in their own sets.