Well well well! Shame on this former AVS Forum moderator for not thinking to check in at AVS Forum to see if anyone else had an issue. My lamp EXPLODED 10 days ago after only ~1500 hours of use (first lamp). What's worse, no one seems to have the ELPLP49 in stock... backorders through the end of the month just about everywhere.
So then it dawned on me to come to AVS Forum to see if anyone knew of any dealers with lamps in stock... and it turns out that it wasn't just me with a prematurely dead lamp. I guess I will be calling Epson tomorrow (I tried the 562-276-4394 customer service number just now--closed)
. Tried the number again and got through--even though the projector and lamp were purchased way back in November 2009, a free
replacement lamp is on its way!
Shame on me for not checking AVS Forum first!