Collectors, hobbyists, and enthusiasts should simply enjoy in what they partake, as long as it doesn't hurt anyone. This hobby brings tons of pleasure so I say, keep calm and carry on.
All the best,
All the best,
You ARE obsessed as are most of us posting on this site. Humans are prone to addictions. Things could be worse ... it could be booze, drugs, work, gambling, or blondes. Personally, I can't imagine life without music, and the music I love is collectible... at least to me. If I started listening to every cut in every CD and vinyl album I have, there's no way I could finish within the lifetime I have left. And yet ... I continue bringing new music home. Go figure.
As "nonoise" said ... enjoy your obsession. :-)
Frank, same here....I could never ever listen to all I have. It would take me maybe 100 years, and yet i too keep collecting new music every chance I get LOL.
Simao, I shall bask in it LOL! Yes, at times it gets a bit overwhelming, but I would not change a thing.....:)
I have this Thrift type store in town that I find my self visiting maybe once a week or so. They do a lot of clean outs of estates etc.....and there is always a new to me record there waiting to be discovered, all for just a buck apiece! Just today I scored a VG++ Bobbie Gentry "Ode to Billie Joe" LP! It sounds fantastic.
Ah, but the truly obsessed audio junkies take it even further. He/she considers the artists he/she reproduces in the listening room each session to be personal friends. If anyone is interested, you would be welcome to come over sometime and meet my friends Art Pepper, Stan Getz, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Ella, Sarah, June Christy, Etta Jones ... all accompanied by Cal Tjader, Barney Kessel, Ray Brown and Stan Levy.
Hey, look ... Mel Torme' just walked into the room. HiYa, Mel ...
Don't care much about blondes. Of course, you are materialistic to a degree. We are physical, you know, 'materialistic', in a manner of speaking, whatever else we might be. When it crosses certain line and becomes something which is hard or impossible to consider normal - that's another matter. Women are jealous and envious, no doubt. So are men.
Monks are not materialistic.
All others are.
It is a matter of degree.
You may be paying more attention to your gear than your wife.
That's competition. Love the story about the San Jose techie
whose wife thought he had overdone it and while he was traveling
had goodwill make a pickup of all his stuff.
Buy her a toy that she may find replaces her need for you.
Like a Sybian.
Love my toys. I have three separate sound systems-one for vinyl, home theatre dolby atmos, and a small emotiva bas-x100 which I use with a pair of HD600 headphones and B&W 685 S2's and a thrift shop sony SACD 5 disc changer I found in a thrift shop. I have two Canon DSLR's with an assortment of lenses from 16-400 mm. 13 watches and six firearms. My records go back40-50 years that I bought back in the day and CD's when I got that bug back in the 80's. My best thriftshop find is a first edition Parlaphone mono pressing of Sgt. Peppers' Lonely Hearts Club Band with all the inserts which I have played twice, cleaned up and put away. Got it for $3.98. I am retired, live alone and am Prince of my domain. My cat Fatboy is King and he is rather disdainful of it all. But it all keeps me home at night as I would rather be home than anywhere else.
Thank you all for the overwhelming responses!! I think I feel better now about my obsession with my equipment and music! I kinda look upon it all as my mistress....lol. ugh If the wife only knew what I really spent on this stuff over the years...aye yi yi....oops I gotta go, Nancy Sinatra is in the room 😁
Yes, as others have said. But at least it’s an obsession you can share with others. Almost everyone can listen with you and appreciate how great it makes their favorite artist sound. They may not understand the obsession but they can appreciate the stuff - at least for a while.
Not all hobbies give you that!
Three things, in no particular order, comprise my short list of obsessions: Long rides on my Harley; afternoon, late night, sometimes all night listening sessions of my favorite tunes and taking care of my large yard full of trees. I'm most grateful my wife is patient with the Harley and music thing and greatly enjoys the trees, as it makes a great haven to accommodate her love of wild birds.
Maybe a bit materialistic, but it keeps us sane.......Jim