first, hi... and thanks for lending your expertise... on to my issue.. ive been hunting on and off since '87 when i first passed hunters safety at the ripe old age of 9... all my hunting has been firearm. mainly due to areas i hunt offer longer shots and i dont typically put the effort in to find deer in the deep because my hunting time is usually confined to late afternoon when i get out of work... that all changed this past season when i tried hunting the woods and took the biggest deer of my life.. where one had to react, maneuver, adjust on the fly, huge pressure, huge buck, from no shot to out of sight, readjust, call, react, get him to come back and then have to switch lefty to get the sights on him and pull the trigger...from 40 feet at that with a bipodded 6-18x scoped 308... now ive got a taste for a 'real' hunt, i want to do it with a bow... ive just recently aced hunter safety (again, because in my state its now combined with archery) and now i have to decide on equipment. here in lies the problem. my local shop only stocks bear (which is fine because i 'like' bear) the bigger problem is they will only fit me when im buying... and maybe an issue, the only thing they have in stock in my range price wise is the 'attitude'... 'my' issue is ive been looking at bear for a couple of weeks and im set on the traxx. recently, the tremor has peeked my interest as well... they're just so damn pretty... so i guess my questions are: -ive almost totally conceded that my only option is the attitude, but they will order anything i want if i am going to buy it...is it THAT bad to settle on a bow having never shot it being i have no preference at the moment of smoothness/valley/back wall...(i know you should but i just dont have the option without traveling 100 miles..) -is twin cam tough to time/expensive if i cant do it/how often does this happen/is it a product of string stretch/does it happen often/abruptly/slowly over time -how long (with proper care) does a string last... is it a yearly thing or a 500 shot thing... how do you know -i dont want to be a victim of speed hype but it doesnt take a rocket scientist to understand faster is better... is 12 fps worth $200 (the difference in ibo for tremor at 322 and the attitude at 310) not to mention that im never gonna shoot an ibo set up... near as i can figure ill be shooting 27-29 inch draw, 50-60lb, 400-450gr arrow so what should i be looking at... id like to keep speed as high as practical but i start to get nervous when the generic calculator im using says ill be in the 230fps and under range... what is a jump proof speed on an unaware deer (i know if hes got you pegged hes likely got your shot beat anyway) -is there anyway to further reduce noise without sacrificing speed... i.e. would a felt (or other material)pad on the string stop be effective? the rubber just seems a good durability option versus the quietest possible option. -are limb savers practical, useful, effective... -i really dont want to get a bare bones bow but i have better ideas for the sight and rest... are the package deals really sufficient or is it ALL about marketing partnerships, subsidies, and rebates... assuming the bear 'traxx', 'tremor', 'crux', and 'attitude' are your only choices what is your decision and why sorry for the long read... hoping for some insightful feedback... links for info appreciated but not necessary, personal knowledge and opinions are absolutely welcome if they are relevant to my particular situation thank you so much.