Hi All and thanks for a great site from a newbie. After much reading I seem to get a hint that there is a date range for a P99 which is more preferable. I've searched for links but to no avail. I recall replies praising various members who scored an '02 or '03 and saying how lucky they were to get the earlier one. I am in the market for an AS model but would greatly appreciate any help with this date issue before settling into the search. Are newer models lacking parts or finishing? I appreciate all the help.