Thanks for your responses and recommendations. Looks like the classic series is overwhelmingly preferred both here and on another forum I posted to. So not only will I save some money, but if you are all correct (and I have no reason to doubt you ), I will also head off some potential problems experienced with the more expensive models.

I think I will be considering the 2217 even though it may be a little more than I need initially. I do tend to push the limit a bit with my stocking.