My favorite Gourmet Cooking Tools Store had a sale a few weeks ago. I have been wanting one of these for about two years.
First of all the most amazing thing is that to clean it, you simply fill it with about 5 qts of water and a couple drops of dish soap, turn it on high, and wait a few seconds. I made a Leek and potato soup tonight and as expected, the Vita-Mix did an excellent job. I can't get over how quiet this thing is.