The other advantage to used gear is that there is no warranty to worry about voiding! If something breaks you can fix it right away (assuming it's not a blown transformer or something else requiring parts). Of course that can also be a detriment... A new piece of gear that fails is the worst because you have to send it off to be fixed (for shipping $$) and wait forever. I do wonder how repairable the Elecrafts are. I am the kind of guy that likes to take things apart and fix them when they break. I try to eschew gear with tiny surface mount components, and custom ICs or custom code in a microcontroler vs. easy to source analog ICs and passives. I went that route with my 7300. It works great, but I always felt the spirit of Amatuer Radio was hacking and repairing things, or even better, home brewing stuff. I just got into the hobby, but I grew up with the handbook as my electronics guide.