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Yes, I once carelessly got rid of a Garrard turntable that my dad offered me for free.

It wasn't mentioned in any of the magazines of the day and being young and impressionable I assumed this relic from yesteryear couldn't be very good. 

All the talk back then was mainly of Dual, Rega and Linn - at least in the magazines I read (Popular Hifi, Hi-Fi Answers, and that notorious Linn/Naim propagandist rag, Hi-Fi Review).

Still doesn't excuse my idiotic decision, nor many of those that followed.

In fact there are many valid reasons why vintage gear can hold its value quite well, and nostalgia is only one of them.

Some of the restoration jobs people have done on some vintage gear are simply quite fabulous. These Hi-Fi restorers cannot be too far behind their automotive counterparts.

Another item I discarded was an old valve radio, and yes, it was another big mistake. 

Lack of perspective, lack of perspective...

Moral of the story?

If you find something you really love, then look after it and take very good care of it.
I miss my AGI 511 preamp (1976). Part of my first high end system! Used it with the GAS Son of Ampzilla and the Infinity Monitor speakers with the Walsh tweeters! Now I have two Sons and a pristine pair of those Infinity's purchased over the past several years!
Quad 57 ESLs!
There is a drive and impact with dynamic speakers but I will never forget the 57’s sound!
No! Newer gear is SO much better. Although it costs WAY more than my old gear.
I miss tape now and then.  Had a Teac reel to reel (X-7R) and an A-450, top loader cassette deck.  The rituals of threading the reels/setting the levels, etc., were “appealing” in retrospect...quaint.  They sounded good, no denying it, particularly the reel to reel.
Would I trade my Node 2i and Tidal to have it all back?

...naaaaah.
My Altec Lansing model 19s. The first song I heard on these was Black cow by Steely Dan. Totally hooked on them after that. I’m curious about how they would hold up to my current system.
I sure do. Sold a fully refurbished Krell KSA-250  amp 10 years ago and missed it ever since. Arguably the best sounding power amp I have ever owned. The other item of HiFi equipment I regret selling were a pair of Yamaha  NS1000M speakers I purchased new in the early 80s and sold 6 years ago. That was a mistake, they looked and sounded stunning. But, hope is on the horizon, thinking about buying a pair of Yamaha NS5000 speakers. Every review I have read on these speakers rates them very highly. So, if you are a former NS1000M owner that upgraded to NS5000, I would love to hear from you.