Thanks for the heads up, Lisa!
I've just started taking Wilton Course 1. I went shopping after the first class to price some mixers. I really wanted to buy the KA but it was just out of my league. Instead I bought a hand mixer with a stand for $35. That worked fine for the cake I made later that week, but the buttercream was another story. What a nightmare!! The next day I saw your post. After the miserable experience the night before, I was ready to trade up! It just came a few minutes ago. Now I can't wait to get it home and open it up!
Thanks to everyone who posts with questions and especially those that reply with their expertise. Even though I've never personally asked the question, I've learned a ton!