Happy Thanksgiving - Quick dcs verdi question

Opinion on purchasing a 4 year old Verdi only transport to match my delius and purcell......any service issues ? Has anyone replaced a laser....is the work done here in the US...I'm hearing that a service center may come to the US soon. Sonically....your thoughts as well
I had the drive replaced because it couldn't read the SACD layer on Hybrid discs. It worked fine on Redbook CD's and SACD discs. The work was done at Audiophile Systems, the USA distributor. It was about a 2 week turnaround and cost about $300-350 out of warranty. Love the transport smooth operation and sound is A++ BTW I've owned Audio Research, Accuphase, Esoteric transports, amoung others, and it is the best.

Had my Verdi for 5yrs now. Replaced the optical assembly unit twice since. Seems to be their only weakness thus far, a two yearly routine! Had my first ordered from local distributor (hence, factory) costing 450 pound. However, my second, I bought (the exact same part-optical assy.) direct from Sony Service Center, and had my experienced technician friend did it, 1/2hr job and cost?---$50 all up!! Hope this help.
I removed the cover from my dCS Verdi and the laser is the KHM230AAA which is still available on ebay.

My first laser lasted two years and after that would not read hybrid CDs. It appears you need to stock up on lasers if you have one of these units