Althogh this thread no longer resembles its original subject heading, i'm jumping in anyway.
It is interesting what you say about the Neptune and Frigidaire. We just bought a Maytag last year and already had the tranny and tub brakes replaced on it under warranty. Damn thing still screams like a banshee when it comes to a halt. Since then it has also tore up some of our shirts (bad fin design). We plan on leaving it behind when we move.
I've passed the Staber link on to the wife.
"Those who preach the myths of audio are ignorant of truth. Research begets reality."