Many of you are too young to have seen American autos change every model, every year. We are not talking a new tail light treatment or grille, but whole new sheet metal, profile, interior, color choices, the whole schmear. At least I got to be there at the birth of planned obsolescence. By the 70’s, American mfgrs. realized that you could sell more new stuff even faster if you not only make it look old in < 3 years, but make it begin to fall apart then, too! Yeah! That’s how ya do it.
Ian must have skipped out that day in manufacturing school. My M80s show no signs of falling apart and still sound damned good. Good enough that I can't justify replacing them.
Sigh, I'll just have to live vicariously through you Bob.