..I'm almost embarrassed to say...Ken reprimanded me for letting it go so long but I had well over 4000 hrs on the original bulb but believe it or not the picture was still relatively bright. Of course it's a lot like the frog in boiling water...you get so used to it you lose touch with how poor the picture actually is. With Ken's calibration eqpt and his magic touch the results are striking!
Thank you! We will see what he says on Friday...i have asked him to bring a long HDMI run to test the direct route...if it works, we will get a good quality white one and put it around the edges of the mouldings to hide it.