Well, it's finally happened. I've been frugal and hung onto my food processor for probably 15 years or more, and it finally broke. I'm ready to upgrade, but a Vita Mix is out of my budget. What else do people recommend, that might cost a little less? Mainly I make smoothies (would add more peels, seeds, etc if the machine could handle it, which my old one couldn't!), puree soup, shred cheese and veggies, but I'd do more with it if it had the capability.