I've had nothing but good luck with my Saitek X45. Its sturdy, easy to set up, and has been going for a LONG time. I've tried the CH
Yoke and Pedals a few times, most recently at Airventure 05, and have always been disappointed. So have most pilots I know who have tried them. I don't have any impressive credentials flight-wise, but with about 200 hours in Cessnas and Pipers, I felt the CH
products were so poor in terms of construction and design that flying with the X45 actually felt more "real". Its possible these demo units have been beaten terribly over the years, but thats not really a testament to their construction either...
Obviously this is subjective, but I'd say make sure you try out the CH
stuff before you buy it... I've read some good things about the new Saitek yoke, but I can only comment on the old X45--not the yoke.