Thanks for the reply. I've actually been looking into the authorized dealers, and how the service process works. Outside of a few stories about the service by Yama's, it seems like anything bought new from the US shouldn't have any issues.
At this moment in time, I am a little more cautious when approaching stats than dynamics, as I don't have much experience with them.
I have however read great impression about the 2170 (and the Koss) here and on other sites, so most of my concerns at this point have been taken care of.
That's very impressive. Seems to fit my impression that Stax are for the most part well built.
FWIW I've heard Accutech is not too shabby on repairs or even the cost (they are the official Stax repair service) for old gear - they have bad communication I have read however.
My best advice is to choose wisely from the start. I recently went on a Stax binge earlier this year and pretty much lost my hat on some gear when trying to re-sell. People on ebay and HF in general these days not willing to pay as much even for well kept gear it seems. What shocks me are those roulette specials (Untested, crappy pictures, clueless sellers) that pop up on ebay every now and then which people end up paying top dollar for. I like to think I'm not an idiot when it comes to these things and I thought I did my homework but turns out I still got beat by the market.
Edited by Mr.Sneis - 6/4/14 at 3:41pm