if I can cheaply and easily fabricate replacement parts for a piece of gear at home, that piece of gear has a ton more inherent value than gear for which I cannot do so.

also, I'm much more likely to screw around with it.

@djsundog truth. and being able to screw around with stuff is the best.
@djsundog my partner is no longer rolling their eyes when I say "I'll get that but I'll need to print replacements for those bits that are awful". Have now seen the power, they're instead filling up a notebook with ideas and tinkercad with designs. Repair/remix culture is growing strong out here.
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