I am sorry.
You may have felt you didn't have much of a choice here... and it IS sad, and I do sympathize... but I admire you for your ability to choose what needed to be done. Nothing is worth clinging to. You have kept your freedom, and that's the most precious thing you have. AND you made someone else happy. Congratulations, and best of luck.
The past year and a half I 've been attending Brooks Institute of Photography for my MS in Photography. No time for work, so finances are tight and I needed to make a few sacrifices. But I'll never get rid of my lp's. So eventually, I get another turntable. It may not be as nice as the TNT 5, and then again it may be better.
Godspeed on your journey Rosstaman! The rig will come back to you if you want it to and perhaps even better! Congrats on the fine educatin'! Brooks is a good school, and no doubt worth the sacrifice. Sorry to hear that it means no vinyl for a while, but at least you made someone else very happy.
I am sorry about the loss of your analog gear. It must have been a difficult decision. I live in SB. If you ever want to listen to a favorite LP or just sit and listen to analog feel free to contact me. I have a SOTA Nova TT with a Kuzma Stogi arm. A Benz M2 is mounted to it. I am actually in the process of auditioning several phono stages at this time. Perhaps you'd like to help me with the process. I can certainly use a an extra set of ears. Feel free to email me if you like.
I understand your sense of loss. As soon as you feel your skills are at the next level to which your studies are taking you, then see if there is a need by any company for new professional images which you provide in exchange for equipment, or discounts.
The real soul of your future analog rig is in the fabulous record collection that you are keeping intact. It won't be that long until those records spin again. Certainly, Jennifer Warnes does seem to connect with the listener in a very special way on vinyl, reminiscent of how Amanda McBroom touched many of us well traveled audiophiles in the good old days.