Thank you for the replies guys. You made this much easier on me, I don't feel so guilty spending the money now, ha ha. I'm not the type to run out and buy new tech stuff every time a new model comes out, so I'll be holding onto this for a long while, it's worth the investment especially if my county expands it's digital coverage.
I've only had Radio Shack scanners, dozens in the house throughout my life and they've always held up great. It will be interesting to use a new brand with new technology, I'm already shopping for aftermarket antennas.