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.


Yes, it is now called the "SPARK" Museum. Previously, it was known as "The Museum of Radio and Electricity". It has a non-commercial, low-power radio station called KMRE (the call letters are self-explanatory). You can visit them at kmre dot org and listen there. I visited it many, many times when I lived in Bellingham.
I assume LP’s don’t count!

Until my divorce, I was an art collector, or more specifically, animation art. Production cells, pencil drawings etc. Or, other artist’s interpretations of animation art such as Warhol. After that, art in general (my field) and books. I don’t think of my books as a collection because I can’t imagine not having them.

Just one collection really. After my big D, I became very involved in knives - specifically folding pocket knives. I’m a rank amateur compared to many, just like stereo gear. But, I like the ability to have my entire collection in one or two cases. While I started with production knives as most do, I soon started buying customs.

I love the various materials, almost all are custom forged/fabricated. Timascus, Mokume, Mokuti, Damascus, San Mai Damascus... Carbon fiber has made huge strides because of the industry. A few years ago, all the CF was sourced as surplus from places like aviation. Some of the CF now looks nothing like the basketweave my motorcycle has or tripods are made out of.

Is collecting photo gear a collection?

Oh, one popular material is micarta (before plastic). While there’s some really talented people making it today, the hot stuff is vintage, of course. One popular one is Westinghouse micarta. It’s hard to believe, but the desk tops we were carving our initials and other things in back in the 60’s and 70’s, that were junk in the 90’s is now worth a fortune. Some of the micarta used as electrical insulation can be worth thousands. Resin and cloth. Go figure!
hypoman5 posts05-11-2020 1:49pmKeuffel & Esser Leroy lettering equipment as well as Letterguide lettering equipment. For those not familiar, these were pantographic type templates that were used extensively in the engineering and architectural fields before the age of computer generated typography. I even have a template with vacuum tube layouts for making engineering drawings.
Interesting, Hypoman. One of my earlier jobs was surveying. At one point I did all the drafting, nothing like you're talking about, but all the finished plats were India ink on mylar. Straight-edges and templates on risers, and all the lettering done free-hand. (Everything done first in pencil for layout, of course) The good old days.