Hi musiclady. You won't get a definitive answer on this one. Some people swear by tft monitors, and some swear at them! In general, I think the picture quality of a good crt beats that of a tft, but tft is getting better all the time, and a good tft is approaching the picture quality of a good crt. Crt can suffer from colour fringing and focus defects near the corners, wheras tft can have dead pixels, and the picture is only viewable over a relatively narrow angle. Where tft wins every time is in the amount of desk space it occupies.
The only way you can really decide is to go to your nearest large computer store and see for yourself.