My A500+ I had since-new probably gave up the ghost some time between 1997 and 1999. By that point, I'd moved on into the worlds of PCs and Macs. Then, some time in 2006, I got into a chat with a friend about Amigas. He ran a PC repair business at the time, but had previously done Amigas. He said he still had about a dozen A1200s, so gave me one to play with, for old time's sake.
It got a hard disk fitted, then Kickstart 3.1 and a Squirrel SCSI. I had well and truly caught the retro bug. Then I discovered Amibay, and the rest, as they say, is history. :-)