"You may not of heard, but the "Sherwood/Newcastle" line has been discontinued.Sherwood isn't really selling R-972 units anymore, just refurbs.They stopped production in 2010."
Yeah, that's why I alluded in an earlier post that Trinnov/Sherwood = "friends with benefits". It must be mutually financially beneficial for both Sherwood and Trinnov to continue new sales of the R-972. Otherwise, it seems hard to be believe that the R-972 which has been discontinued for 3+ years, and still after 3+ years, Sherwood still has so much overstock of New R-972s from when they last made them back in 2010 that they still have not run out of these units to sell through A4L? It's highly unlikely that any company would stock a 3+ year advance stock of anything. I think that it's more reasonable to believe that A4L is selling New R-972s with a 3 year warranty because they are still being manufactured. Also, I think I remember reading that the U.S Gov't requires that a manufacturer stock parts for 7 years after a product has been discontinued. As an example, Sears stopped selling the Weider Crossbow (competitor to Bowflex) 6-7 years ago. But I am still able to get the lifetime warranty on the power rods through Sears which I just ordered one of, for free. As relating to the R-972, even if that U.S law were not enforced you still have units that have a 3 year warranty that gives the customer some recourse during those 3 years for replacement or free repair. Now, why would Sherwood continue to make themselves liable with this 3 year warranty for a product they were trying to totally liquidate? Why not just sell off the new units "as is" or at most with a 90 day, 6 months, or even stretch it out to a 1 year, warranty? Why a 3 year warranty? Unless, you had plans to continue the unit's production until the lack of sales did not justify production of the unit any longer? No matter what the reason, I hope that Sherwood continues the R-972 for a long time or at least long enough for another company to make an AVR or pre/pro at a reasonable price that has Trinnov.