As it's turning out, with Sony's upgrade program for 1000 owners, it looks like I will stay with this pj for 2 or more yrs more, so it's looking like it was even a reasonably good economic choice (by accident!).
Yup, it looks as if you made a great choice! I haven't been hanging around this forum for quite some time, so in my mind the VW1000 was only about 1 year old. But for it to be 2 years old already and (with the upgrade program) poised to remain on top for another year or two, or maybe longer, it is a bit of a phenomenon. It's really great to be able to look back and see that you made a good choice, but when it doesn't work out, like in my many escapades, it's not quite the same warm and fuzzy feeling. I am truly happy that it worked out for you, as you are a really great guy and I would have been sad if it had turned out to be an expensive mistake. The problem here is that there is no way to know the good choices from the bad choices until you are at least a couple of years down the road and can look back to see how things progressed - or didn't progress.
- My most recent example, the JVC RS35. Though nowhere near $25k, it was a $10k projector when I bought it about 3 years ago. It has been sitting here gathering dust for almost 2 years because the Epson simply is a better fit for my particular needs and wants. How much do you think it is worth on the used market now? (I'll give you a hint - it is considerably south of $2k), as the $4k *retail* JVC, whatever model it is called, will easily smoke it, especially since JVC finally added a DI. Even if I sold it 2 years ago, the then $4k JVC model was still better than the RS35 because of the introduction of 3D, essentially making the bottom fall out of the used market price on the RS35. My plan was to keep it as a spare in case I ever had to send the Epson in for repair, but even that was a bad plan. As it turns out, my first Epson had a problem. Within 24 hours I had a new 5010 (not a refurb) delivered to my doorstep along with a return tag for my defective unit, so I never even had time to set up the JVC to use while I waited. So while I have never made a single $25k mistake, I have made quite a few $10k to $15k mistakes, and they add up. Now that I have a wife and 2 wonderful stepsons, one in college now and one ready to go to college next year, I can't afford to be quite so reckless as I was when I was single...