We were over at a friend's a few weeks ago. One of her friends was also there, and was complaining that her KitchenAid mixer made a funny noise and that it was broken. I did have to ask - broken didn't mean non-functional. It just meant making a funny noise (well actually a very loud grinding noise). She mostly just wanted an excuse to buy a bigger fancier model.
I now have a KitchenAid mixer.
There is a commercial repair place in Sparks (Reno's only suburb). It cost me $60 to get the thing repaired. It is a monster. They are convinced she actually dropped it on the ground in order to damage it at all. I just stuck it on my scale and it weighs nearly 22 lbs. The repair place said they have seen KitchenAids in there that are +50 years old. I am beyond excited to have gotten such a cheap one that is now basically in perfect shape.
Now look at the picture. I don't have a silly splash shield thing for the bowl, but the repair place also sold accessories so I have all the little whisk-y things in the picture. The Captain Hook bit there, that is the problem. It is for dough. I have spent possibly the entire evening looking for bread recipes...