when I left my job as an economist quite a few years ago (to become a youth worker), I sold many things so I could buy a real car so I could study full-time and not have any debts.
I sold many vinyl records that I am gradually recovering as CDs. Mind you, I haven't hunted down the BTO CD. (If you don't know what that means, you are very very lucky... although, b-b-b-baby, you aint seen nothing yet..)
but I also sold my Acoustic Research speakers and turntable and Marantz amplifier.... since then we have lived with my darling partner's Pioneer amp and speakers that she bought in .. er... 1978???
since then we've added a Denon CD and cassette and cheapo Luxman turnatable (yes, they made a cheapie)
three years ago, our retiring presbytery minister gave us his set of (better) Pioneer speakers.
then........ last week I was about to complete the last week of a six week "wired church" course in Seaton. This was the sixth week of driving into the local shops, ordering a large fried rice (or curry fried rice - I alternated) from the chinese take-away - then browsing in the blockbuster video next door while they were cooking (I bought sooo... many ex-rental movies).
BUT I went there early and the next next door electronics shop was open. so I came home with a 30 year old Rotel tuner/amp that had been put in for repair and not collected. $80. I probably paid too much. It was $400 30 years ago!
but I've plugged it in and I'm speechless. I can hear the music again.
and its a warm transistory thing, not digital. just wonderful.
yes, I have so many CDs, but I can actually hear the music.
and with the system, it's the jazz/folky stuff that comes to the fore.
this sounds like a tacky blog, but I'm digging out old vinyl and swooning with the sounds.
I come home and crank up the sound - AND you can turn up the amp and it sounds better, not worse!
30 years. 80 dollars. really.
habit can make us deaf.
I come home and run to the CD or record racks and crank up the volume and I'm in audio heaven.
I've got a big pile of LPs - the Call (collectibles), Sweet Honey in the Rock, Cactus World News, the Del-Lords (!!!), Talking Heads, U2's "Boy" and "War", Clannad, Sting's "Soul Cages", even Tall Stories EP. Then I'll play Patti Smith, vintage Randy Stonehill, the Alarm's "Declaration", Leo Kottke, a bit of Elvis (Costello), Stephen Cummings, and two exremely sublime discs from Van the Man (Poetic Champions Compose...), early Los Lobos, Sinead's first disc, and Sam Phillip's "Indescribable Wow".
Might even put on the Miss Piggy Exercise album.
ooohhh. strumming, soul, sax, s.... oh, you know... rock and other stuff.
I'm swimming, people. swimming.
maybe the TV next. after all, it's a 13 inch and we've had it for 15 years or so. that's why we watch DVDs on the laptop.
what a weird household.