Compounds in general are harder on the center servings and cables around the cams. Also, most need a bow press to be able to work on them. More moving parts equals more to go wrong. Recurves wear the string and center servings less because the string angle is less acute at full draw and they can be pressed with a simple stringing aid that comes with the bows.outdoorsaholic13 said:Dpms I was hoping to not spend more than $1000. I really want something quiet with good speed and kinetic energy. And sorry I am new to cross bows but what do you mean by harder or easier to maintain?