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  •  We have a big old Whirpool microwave... (26+ / 0-)

    ...that has to be at least 30 years old. I was originally in the break room of my bureau, but one evening a crusty old technician decided to cook an egg in it without piercing the shell. That blew out the ceramic "floor", and my boss let me have it for nothing. Ninety bucks later, we had a new floor cemented in over the lower reflector, and a working microwave. Had to replace the timer (mechanical), and then the store that sold and serviced them either moved or went out of business. The timer crapped out again, but the microwave still works. We even replaced the small incandescent bulb that lights up the interior with an LED one!

    The fact that the store went out of business leads me to believe that today's microwaves are being made as disposable items. I also remember a microwave store that sold all sorts of gourmet gadgets to use with your microwave. They are long gone, too. YMMV.

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 10:35:56 AM PST

    •  Our Amana is 23 years old this year (14+ / 0-)

      Know that because it was a wedding present from Mr. Scribe's folks. Bought at an independent microwave shop (store also carried microwaveable dishes and other related goodies) that no longer exists. We'll probably have to replace it sometime this year; it's getting a bit creaky and not heating quite as well. But it's definitely served us well; I've done actual cooking in it as well as using it to heat leftovers and frozen dinners. (We have an electric kettle which we use for heating water -- since I'm a tea drinker it's a lot more useful.)

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 01:07:26 PM PST

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      •  The Amana I had was called a Radar Range. (4+ / 0-)

        Had it for years.  Got rid of it because it would cause static on the radio and I thought its seal was not working properly for the microwave emissions(?).

      •  Those Amanas were great. (3+ / 0-)

        I used to work for the Amana distributor when they first came out, doing cooking demos..   We'd go to a little appliance store in a tiny town and put on a sixty minute class, cooking a Salisbury steak and gingerbread with hot lemon sauce from scratch.   The farmers and their wives loved it, and they were fun to do.

        We also did demos in department stores, where we cooked gingerbread and handed out samples with the hot lemon sauce.  The smell really drew people in.

        At the time my kids were little and they'd stay up at night hoping there was something left over.    Sadly, I could never afford to buy an Amana.  They cost between $700-900 at the time--like $1200-1500 now, I'd say.   But they were definitely quality.   Solid, and made in Iowa then.

        "Because inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened." -Terry Pratchett

        by revsue on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 08:13:57 PM PST

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