I can't agree more, I've been using my GP mount for thirteen years, and all I can say is that it's reliable and very easy to use. I do have MT1 motors on both axis, but mostly use the RA for tracking and correct DEC manually when needed. I like the option of going in for a coffee or dinner and come back to the same view or close to it
I was using a manual Stellarvue M2C Alt-Az mount because I like to keep things very simple. Where I live all but the brightest DSO's are pretty much out of the question, so my focus (no pun intended) is more on the Moon and planets. But I've been very much into photography lately and I wanted to find a GEM so I would only need to manually track in RA. Hard to find any non-motorized, non GoTo, manual GEM's these days of high quality without spending a fortune (and most of them also weigh a ton). All of the affordable manual GEM's are really just the same inferior Chinese clones of this Vixen GP.
I was just browsing the CN classifieds mounts' section and I saw a lot of ads for all the used clones up for sale, but something told me to hold out. I went pretty far back, page after page, way into mid-September postings when I came across the ad for this. The guy still had it, and it turned out he was interested in my M2C so we did a trade. Serendipity smiled on us. I'm pretty happy to have the Vixen.
Due to limited time to observe/photograph, I'm usually not out very long, but being able to simply turn the RA control and re-center an object makes things very simple and easy for me. I've owned so many GoTo motorized mounts but I really love the idea of not worrying about battery power any longer.