Hi Blueturtle! That is so funny you has a little funeral for your loyal iron. I can't believe it lasted so long! I had a B&D but it broke in only a few months. I have another low-priced model now, bit I can't wait to upgrade to the Oliso. Quilters really put a lot of strain on their irons, so its no wonder so many of them end up failing. Oliso has a warranty, plus the Pro is designed especially for quilters, so I'm assuming the chances of it failing are low. Plus, my wrists are going to be really happy using the iTouch feature instead of having to lift the iron up and down.