Yeah, he was thinking shaft on tub got damaged due to bad bearings altho can't really see it. But he also wondered if you can get defective bearings w/a new part. Assume you've seen that happen since you mention it.
At this point if we have to replace both parts have looks at cost of both pieces vs new machine.
Could it also be bearings that cause the weird growl noise on slow rotation (especially since it's only in 1 direction)
OK - thanks a lot for the advice.