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Old 01-19-2019, 07:42 PM
Mooh Mooh is offline
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My soldering gun died last fall, I'd had it since high school in the mid '70s.

My Craftsman table saw dates to the late '80s. My cut-off saw a year or two later.

Panasonic boom box from about 1990 still gets cottage use, and my mother's old Panasonic AM/FM radio from the '70s still works despite the kitchen grease. The plug in wall clock there is at least 50 years old and still keeps great time.
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Old 01-20-2019, 03:05 PM
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I have a 1939 Atlas drill press that is all original including motor. These presses were built to last a lifetime! Made in Kalamzoo, MI. You couldn't buy this quality now for any amount of money.


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2001 Tacoma C5C
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Old 01-20-2019, 09:12 PM
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Dynakit Stereo 70 and matching PAS-3 preamp. Date unknown, produced between 1959 and 1972but I've owned it for 35 years, but it's a twin of my college stereo gear. Found it in a thrift store for $100, barely working. It's been repaired and re-tubed twice, so I've at least quadrupled my investment in it. Like a good tube amp should, it sounds luxurious, smooth and refined-- even through small speakers that didn't cost a lot (NHTs). A lifetime investment, this! One of 350,000 Stereo 70s sold, which must make it the most popular tube stereo amp in history, right?
Guitars? A gradually changing cast, now including: Seagull SWS Maritime Mini Jumbo; Seagull S6 Folk ('02); Simon & Patrick Woodland Mini Jumbo ('07), Godin Icon 2 Convertible; Godin Fifth Avenue Kingpin; Ibanez Mikro Bass.

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Old 01-23-2019, 07:13 PM
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I still drive my 1994 Corolla, 206,000 miles.

ok, that's not an appliance.

My son still plays my $80 1970 Ventura nylon string guitar. It sounds better than many $1000 guitars.

ok, that's not an appliance either.

My grandparents bought a refrigerator in the mid 1930s. My parents were still using it into the 1980s. I'm not sure how long it lasted past then.

Our 5 year old refrigerator leaks water. We payed $100 for a service call. The guy could not fix it. also We keep rags on the floor around the fridge to soak up the leaking water. We have to replace water filters and air filters on the refrigerator. Never used to have to do that.

We bought an oven / range the same year as the fridge - 2013. About 6 months ago the "control unit" went out. Service tech wanted $400 plus another $200 labor to replace it. I found the "control unit" online for less than $200, watched a youtube video of how to replace it, and did it myself.

But, really.....?!?!?!?! Should we have to pay major bucks to fix major appliances so soon??????? They don't build them like they used to.

And nearly everything these days will not function unless the EXPENSIVE "computer" / digital control unit works. And what always breaks?? The ridiculously expensive digital computer / control unit.

rant over.
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Old 01-23-2019, 09:10 PM
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A GE refrigerator that my parents bought new in 1952 is still keeping cold ones for me in the shop. A 55w JVC (Japan Victor Co) tube type, green light faced stereo receiver from 1972 that I bought used in a pawn shop 35 years ago is powering my Kawai Digital Stage Piano thru 12" EV's. My late fathers' Craftsman table saw that I learned to cut on I still use in my shop. He bought it new before I was born in 1957.
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Old 01-24-2019, 06:25 AM
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I am almost hesitant to post this ( bad karma?), but I have a Newtone electric fan forced wall heater that was installed in a bathroom in 1977 and still works perfect. Some of the items posted like tools and radios, thats cool that they work but outside of a refrigerator that runs all the time, this is a daily user, sometimes more than twice a day for showers. Figuring in for summer weather when it is not needed that means it has run (is running) 15 thousand cycles of use in 42 years. That is pretty impressive for the Newtone line of appliances.
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Old 01-24-2019, 06:44 AM
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In the house there's a Teac A-2340 reel to reel Simul-Sync recorder and a Garrard Zero 92 turntable, both bought new in 1972 and both still working just fine.

In the shop there's a 1944 Delta 24" scroll saw, a 1948 Oliver 8' bed lathe, and a 1950 King-Seeley 12" bandsaw. The Delta and the Oliver are both original in every aspect, including motors. I replaced the motor on the bandsaw with a larger one when I built a new stand for it 35 years ago.


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Old 01-24-2019, 06:52 AM
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My vintage Pioneer CS 801 stereo speakers from 1974.

I've never heard a better-sounding set of speakers.

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Old 01-24-2019, 01:10 PM
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I'm not sure how old my Toastmaster toaster is, but it still has a cloth cord.
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