A while ago I blogged about my 50-year-old food processor. My dad bought it for his mum in 1956, and it has been passed down through the family to me. It's a real workhorse - built before companies realised it was good business to build bad products that would wear out and need replacing every 5 years or less.
A few weeks ago a small but crucial part broke. I fixed it with Araldite (as you can see I have carried out repairs on various bits of the machine), but it broke again repeatedly and eventually was beyond repair.
The Braun service centre said they could not help, as it was just too old and they didn't stock the parts for it anymore. So I took it to a small precision engineer in Macclesfield. He says he is sure they will be able to make me a new part and get my food processor running again. I do hope they can. The motor is strong as an ox. I am sure it has another 50 years to give. It would break my heart to have to throw this lovely old machine out, and all the family history that goes with it.