thanks randy, you are fantastic!
ughh.. guess i'll have to go the tape route.. like this tv too much to let it stop me, but man the idea bugs me..
at least i'll have 30 days to see if the tape will bother me at all.. not concerned about doing is as much knowing that there's a piece of tape on my tv.. will need to send my ocd elsewhere to keep from staring at it..
thanks again guys.. you too pete..
went ahead and ordered the 55gt30 and definitely feel like i got a great price. i sucked up the ny tax on amazon in exchange for the fact of 30 day free return (i'm hoping it's safe to assume that amazon's return policy isn't limited to just defects, i.e. i can return it for any reason including satisfaction, correct?).. in the end, it was between this and the 55lw5600 and i'm pretty confident i made the right choice. the lg was selling me pretty hard on the passive 3d, but i know in the end i will get better 2d pq with this unit with proper break in and calibration..
just also wanted to say a final thanks to everyone on these boards.. it's a great community with a ton of knowledgeable people.. this thread has been extremely helpful to read through as is many others..
oh, and it's 12:15am now and the special pricing is still going on.. so maybe i didn't need to rush after all.. will be interesting to see what it is come morning..