Well it depends on the CRT you get. There are a lot more CRTs out there, hence you could end up with a crappy one if you don't investigate the company. I have a KDS, and it is bright and vivid. It isn't all that heavy either.
Some of the best companies IMHO are Sony, NEC and KDS.
Yeah, Plasma is really really nice (*crys* NO!!!) I like CRTs though, they are much much higher quality then LCD for gaming (I DONT CARE WHAT THE FRICKIN RESPONSE TIMES ARE!!!!) LCD sucks.. Ghosting, Burn in, dead pixels, SO MANY PROBLEMS. Plasma is the best, but CRT is the best between LCD and CRT.