Hmmm. Interesting. After expressing my reservations about the LX I half expected to awaken today to find a severed horse's head on my pillow, yet it seems that I'm far from alone with my thoughts.
As has been said, I couldn't see what there was to shout about with the horizontal titanium shutter blinds when the rubberised fabric blinds in most SLRs will outlast me (I'll try to resist the urge to point the cameras at the sun with MLU engaged!) Pentax seemed to have the vertical running metal shutters well sorted in the ME, K2, etc. (were they in fact Seiko?) and yet apparently the horizontal titanium jobs were sometimes prone to cracking.
Pete - you're very lucky being given a KX. I've had mine since 1986 and no complaints. Unfortunately, I was only given an MZ-50 at the weekend, but it would have been rude to refuse it and you can never have enough cameras!
And, of course, there's nothing wrong with Stan Kenton. In fact, he seems to have rather more fans (me included) than the LX does!