Must admit the only complaint I had with my TAK128 was the focuser. Unlike my TAK76FC, that was silky smooth 100%. No amount of disassembling, adjustment, adding feather touch knob mechanism, oiling, and even sending it to Takahashi America could get it working right. The lens was still superb but over the many years the focuser situation would interfere and disturb my viewing. So I completely swapped it out and never looked back. I realize many of you have never experienced this type of annoyance. And for the most part TAKs are built well. But every now and then something slips through the QA cracks. For me Feathertouch was the answer. The focuser is a mechanical work of art with the ability to carry any on my eyepieces smoothly.
and it doesn't cost much more than the micro pinion ! WHY does the micro pinion cost SO much ?