They serviced my set under warranty the replaced it out of warranty. I had a 30744 and they replaced it with a 30746 about 6 months after the initial warranty expired. Just contact them see what they say, they were very helpful with me, even called back to make sure that I was satisfied. It is service like that that makes a repeat buyer. I was considering a cheaper 50 inch Plasma TV to upgrade my one 42 incher with in the one livingroom, Sanyo normally wouldn't have been something I'd have considered but thanks to their excellent service it is now something I might consider. That said the 30746 has been just fine. I have this TV in the dining room, same as I had the original, where they get a lot of use it is placed in the corner of the room so the depth of a picture tube makes no difference.
I've never really considered it to be a top tier set, some sets have a better picture, the picture is decent if you turn the over bright factory settings down. I'm not one of those die hard CRT fans either, I've got two HD CRTs (this and a Samsung), one LCD rear projection, one LCD flat panel, and one 800x600 LCD VGA projector which I guess would be considered EDTV. Still they weren't a bad value when they were readily available, you can still find some refurbs out there, some Wal-Marts probabaly still have some new ones (I saw one at one like two weeks ago). It is a decent way to get an HD set without spending a good chunk of change. I think I paid $281 for mine. Even today that is still $300 less than a budget LCD and I've had one or the other for quite some time. Technically the picture is better than a lot of the budget LCDs because the black level on many of the budget sets is obviously worse, as is the repsonse time.
I've been DVRing all the football games the last few weeks and watching them sans commercials on this set and it looks good on HD, not as good as the Sony in the livingroom, but still quite good and as with any CRTs you won't see a hint of motion blur with fast action, so in all I've been satisfied. I never bought the Sanyo due to recommendations of anyone, simply the cheap price and the location of where I was going to use it.
Unfortunately now they seem to be making only an SD version of the set, at least that I can find. It is not much cheaper, lacks many of the features, has an obviously worse picture (even though from what I can find it probably uses the same CRT, which seems like a waste of potential to me). If you see one of the HD ones floating around and are in need of a cheap set its not too bad for the price and what you get.