I know this subject has been beaten to death before - I've read tons of threads about how unpopular the LG is and how people have had such bad hatches with it, and do recommend a Brinsea or Hovabator. But I really haven't seen my questions/concerns answered in those threads, so I'm asking all you experienced people one more time to offer up your opinions and suggestions. Here is my situation: A couple months ago I purchased a used still air LG with auto-turner. I cleaned it up, got it set up and running for a week prior to setting my eggs. (Of course during that week is when I discovered this forum and read all the horror stories about the LG! So I was convinced I would have no chicks hatch.) During the week I figured out that if I didn't mess with the temp control when it fluctuated a little bit, it would swing back the other way on it's own. So I got it to the point where the range of temps the thermometer read was within a 'safe' zone for hatching. I then set eggs from my own chickens. To shorten this story, everything was uneventful for the 3 weeks, and the temps at the level of the eggs stayed between approx. 99 - 101.5 and I had 9 chicks hatch out of 12 fertile eggs. They did hatch a day early, so assume the temps were a bit warm. So I feel that my hatch was pretty darned successful and I didn't have any horrible things happen with the LG. Now I want to purchase some eggs to hatch, and since they are obviously more difficult to hatch, I'm wondering if the odds are I'll have a 'normal' success rate (I would expect shipped eggs to have a lower success rate than local eggs even in the best bators) or is it possible that these more 'sensitive' eggs will have a much better chance in a better bator? I don't want to risk my more expensive, valuable purchased eggs. I also do want to continue hatching eggs and would like to have a nice bator that I can trust, but I'm having a hard time justifying to my hubby AND myself the need to spend money on a new Brinsea when my LG worked just fine for my first and only bator hatching experience. The other concern I have is that if I continue using the LG is it likely to start having more issues and problems as it gets more used? Any info and suggestions are welcome. I'm trying to decide this weekend so that if I buy a Brinsea, I can get it while the good deals are on and I will have it before I purchase my much desired eggs.