I had a rocky start with the 1229 I got from Bill at fixmydual this summer, but after a couple months of mild frustration (not with Bill, he's a good man), it's finally playing to its potential tonight. I wasn't expecting the 50yo Dual to compete with my upgraded RP3, but I'd say they're on surprisingly equal footing. They sound different, but of equal quality. This is the perfect deck for an audiophile with a family. The automatic features make it convenient for busy lives and kid-friendly, but it's also audiophile enough for the parents in the evening. I'm really enjoying 70s music on the 1229. I just played RAM (best I've heard it sound), and now I'm being a cliché and playing Aja. Got to put it through its paces you know, ha ha.