|Re: Expected lifetime and failure modes of vintage 15C?|
Message #9 Posted by Valentin Albillo on 22 Mar 2012, 7:16 a.m.,
in response to message #5 by Eric Smith
Obviously some electronic products are better made than others, but nevertheless, if you have a 20+ year old electronic device that still works, consider yourself lucky.
Matter of fact, I have *many* 20+ yo and 30+ yo electronic devices that still work as new and look as new to boot, including calculators, cassette players, CD players, cameras, whatever.
The most remarkable, IMHO, is this Sony D-50 portable CD-player about 30 years old and utterly like new despite heavy use:
I use it rarely now as it doesn't play MP3 (of course !) but last month I listened to 3 brand-new audio CDs I bought and it sounded as wonderfully as ever.
By the way, I don't consider myself "lucky", actually I think luck plays a small part, the really big part being played by manufacturing quality and careful use.
Quality items were built to last back then, unlike today's throwaway items pre-programmed for automatic obsolescence so that after a year or two they'll either stop functioning altogether o simply be considered out of fashion despite still being perfectly functional (cough, *cell phones*, cough).
Best regards from V.