Yes, you did the right thing. Drown your sorrows over a nice dry martini, and enjoy your music.
I hope they weren't Heitz Cellars 1974 Martha's Vineyard! But, if they were Opus One or the like you may be excused. The Rega and LP's will be with you for the long term, and the wine is a one time experience. Although, with the '74 Heitz, the memory will last a lifetime. As an audiophile and wine aficionado, I can sympathize with your dilemma. But, I think you did the right thing.
Can you believe these dorks who are willing to lay out ANY amount of money for a bottle of vino? And just because some reviewer in bed with the growers gave it a class A rating in a promo mag? Reviewer probably gets his samples at half price, no wonder.
Anyone with any sense buys Gallo. Wines are all 12% alcohol, they all taste the same.
You forgot to add the :-) Sometimes well written sarcasm looks *too much* like the real thing...
Personally, I thought your post was hilarious... I vote to put it in the Class A, limited frequency range category of recommended Audiogon jokes and nominate you for the category of the Cornfedboy-in-absentia "Best Sarcasm in Response to a Different but Very Annoying Thread Involving Bizarre Conspiracy Theories" Award for the 2002 Audiogon Awards.
Yes. Alcohol actually messes up your hearing. Ever wonder why the music gets so loud the more you drink? Perhaps this lends itself to the mysteries of reviewers' opinions, as well.( The preceeding is personal conjecture, as I do not know any reviewers personally. I have been to my share of keg parties in a former lifetime, and to that part, I can attest.)
Like a lot of people who appreciate excellent sound and/or wine, I don't have the time to audition every piece of equipment out there nor taste every wine. Accordingly, I look for opinions. Unfortunately, everyone has their own view and advice is all over the place. Just look at responses to various questions on Audiogon - 20 different suggestions to the question "What [fill in the blank] goes well with [fill in the blank]". All probably very good suggestions, but difficult to try them all.
The difficulty with high end audio is that there does not seem to be the equivalent of Robert Parker - a purely independent (i.e. not advertising supported), reasonably reliable reviewer.
At some level, I suppose I am lazy, but I can get what I need from Parker and make reasonable trade-offs among wines. Sure there may be something "better" for more money, but I know I can end up with "very good" at any cost/quality trade-off. (e.g. Why buy a bottle of Petrus when you can get a case of Lynch Bages for the same price?)
Maybe the answer is that high in is inherently more complicated with the interaction of various components, cables and listening environments. Maybe the answer is for time-constrained people like me, just about any high-end set up is better than Sony so don't sweat the trade-offs if you don't have the time.
It would be nice though, to have a Parker. In the meantime, I'll just keep reading posts here while being bored to tears on conference calls. Irrespective of what I said above, I have found them helpful.
I never make such tradeoffs. I want music, I want audio, I want wine and want it all. Excessive alcohol hurts and interferes with the sound of your system, particularly if you ralph into the power supply or your ARC SP-10. Moderate alcohol doesn't hurt a bit. There's a big correlation between audio and wine as it seems, just as there is between audio and cars. (ex-stereophile Publisher Larry Archibald, in addition to being a car collector, is a BIG wine guy, and Robert Parker is also an audiophile.)
That being said, Araujo Eisele is one of my favorite wines and I will always trade my rare vinyl for wines!! (I have doubles.)
Robert J. Reina
Audio Reviewer/Musician/Wine Instructor/Investment Banker
flex does the name you have choosen have to do with bodybuilding? if so i am i muscle head as well. i do enjoy wine but i love cars working out and tunes much more. my best friend is a huge wine and stereo nut, he has taught me about wine, i have taught him about tubes, he now has a tube research , sound lab system. i am sure his wife hates me though.