Helpful and altruistic audio community members
Just a quick story to start the new year:
Late last summer I upgraded my analog rig, going from a Pro-ject 5.1SE/Sumiko Blue Point to a VPI HW-19 Mk 4 with a Stand Alone Motor Attachment (SAMA) upgrade and a Benz Micro SE cartridge. The audiogon member (whom I will not name at this point as I don't have his permission to write this) who sold me the VPI was incredible. First, he brought the whole rig over to my place, unpacked it, and set everything up, including balancing the table, showing me how the SAMA worked, installing the Benz and, in general, giving an analog novice lots of tips and advice on a real system.
Over the next several months he patiently answered email queries about wow and flutter and other concerns and then, when we moved about a half-hour away to a larger house, gave me detailed advice on how to safely move the VPI and SAMA and set everything back up. All this while dealing with his own life and circumstances.
None of this he had to do, of course. But it's something I've grown to appreciate and value among the audiogon community and have gladly done the same a few times when they asked for it. Yes, there are always dipshits here who make false claims or otherwise degrade the ethos, but the vast majority are fellow enthusiastic hobbyists who appreciate good sound and good equipment, even if the most of the population doesn't really care.
Any other stories of fellow audiophiles who've gone above and beyond to help you out?
Happy New Year, everyone!