Does anyone collect something else other than music.

 I guess all of us must be collectors at heart, both music and kit, but are there other collecting obsessions out there? Many people collect watches, cars, mountain bikes and so on.

I have started a small collection of good Scotch malt whisky. Always loved whisky, but never studied the range and quality available. It may be a bit easier for me, living in the UK, although most bottles seem to be available in the US, at comparable prices too. The only drawback is that I don't get to drink any of the good stuff, as the collection is something I intend to leave to my kids, who all have tastes above their pay grade. Whisky has always been collectable, but prices do seem to be on the up. It is staggering what bottles, particularly of the best distilleries and closed ones, can go for. Prices over £100,000 for one bottle, aren't unusual, with interest from all over the world.

 I like all whisky, but my current favourite is probably Caol Ila, a not too heavily peated  Islay distillery. Glad to say my consumption has remained very modest. Unfortunately, when we emerge from Covid 19, I think there are going to be a lot more problem drinkers.

 So what do you collect? If you are a whisky fan too, perhaps post your favourites and bottles worth collecting.



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@flatblackround , @noromance , @kacomess , thanks for your nice comments.

@kacomess , I believe you are referring to the SPARK Museum. I recall having read about it, but I’m on the opposite coast so a visit most likely isn’t in the cards.

Regarding bakelite, the five plastic radios appearing in one of my photos are sometimes loosely referred to as bakelite, but more precisely they are made of a somewhat different plastic known as Catalin. Unlike the much more common true bakelite, Catalin often has a semi-translucent and/or marbled character, although less so in modern times as Catalin tends to darken or even change color with age. (Although with enough sanding, polishing, expertise, and patience its original appearance can be restored). That character combined with the deco styling many such radios had, together with their rarity, makes them particularly appealing to collectors and correspondingly valuable.

Thanks again for your comments. Best regards,
-- Al

I collect antique radios, and to a lesser extent vintage tube hifi equipment.

The appeal of antique radios to me derives from their unique combination of aesthetic, technical, and historical factors. Also, it’s interesting to note that the better radios of the 1930s, if properly restored, can far outperform just about any AM radio made today in terms of both station getting ability and sound quality. Partly because they had to, as stations in those days were fewer and farther between than is the case today, transmitters were much lower powered than they are today, and AM radio was the main source of entertainment in the home in those days.

The photos shown at the following link represent just a fraction of my collection:

Best regards,
-- Al