Amen! Cutting the cords is terrible, and even worse for me is switchboards. I have three 555 boards and had to solder connections back on the terminal due to the way they were just cut off. I also found some boards I was going to buy but the whole framework of wired connections had been cut out. Thank you for posting that information!
Also, you may be the wrong person to ask, but my ring gen power system died on my 555 board. Do you know what I might use that won’t break the bank now that I am retired? I have good talk battery, just need the ringing power. Thanks