I've used this mount for about 10-15 hours. There's some chips in the saddle plate from normal use. I've added some velcro to each tripod leg to hang the Autostar hand paddle, but can remove it if you like. I've also upgraded the firmware to 26eC, it shipped with 26eA.
$500 shipped UPS ground in the boxes Meade used to ship to me. Includes mount head, tripod, accessory tray, D cell battery pack (batteries not included), dovetail, polar finder scope (batteries included and never used), 10 pound counter weight and instruction manual.