SevenCubed - 8:46 pm on Sep 4, 2012 (gmt 0)
Antique for sure.
But that's the nice thing about the more simple times of long ago. Technology was less complicated so the average user could work on their own equipment to maintain it for long-life expectancy. These days it's becoming increasingly more difficult to work on anything ourselves without specialized tools or a degree from star fleet command. And also for lower end technology manufacturers make it difficult to get repair parts, presumably to help them with their "built in obsolescence". Sort of like with cars and the starter/bendix combo -- older cars typically had them mounted on the inside of a fender separate from the starter. When the day inevitably arrived of the dreaded "clicking" on turning the key you could get out and whack the bendix casing with a rock while someone is turning the key and away you go. These days, if I'm right, I think it's integrated into the starter and the whole unit has to be replaced :(