Tom, you and me both on life style changes. After a new experimental heart valve was installed I found out just how long it takes for the human body to recoup. I know this is a bit off topic for this subject but it is good to hear from on-line friends no matter the subject. I still like the simple recurve limb design on the Excalibur x-bows. I do think they may be a bit more noisy though my current model doesn't have the string suppression system so that is something I will be testing later this spring. I also need some OT money to make up the difference between my bow and the new one. After using a crank string loading system on a Parker I will not opt for that on any x-bow I purchase, takes way too long to load. The pulley system is quick and doesn't take much effort.