I have been using this thing since February and waiting for the "New Toy Smell" to wear off. Well it hasn't. Every time I plug in I get my tone without anything weird going on. It performs as it did when it came out of the box. This summer it has been use 7 days a week and some weeks 14 times a week and I have had NO issues what so ever. It was used a week at a time on the beach and everything is working flawlessly. All controls are still quiet with out any scratchy pots and the casing looks brand new as well. So in short, 7 months later and I still think it's the best head built under 40 pounds. The above opinions are those of the OP and should not be taken as anything other than his opinion. May cause sterility in small farm animals.