Yes it is. Particularly when the WAP is hanging somewhere and you need some equipment to pull it down and put it back up.
Otherwise, I agree with Steve. As long as your controller firmware is 7.0.X then you'll be fine. Firmware 7.1.X and upwards will no longer support the 1230.
If you want an option or discount to upgrade your 1230 to the new G2 models (1600/2600/3600) then talk to your Cisco SE/AM (not your authorized Cisco reseller) and mention the phrase Technology Migration Program (TMP). This program exists.