Man alive: you guys can really resurrect some old memories. I started taking apart radios (& clocks too, mom reminds me) before I could even read. Dad had a wire-recorder which always amazed me. Around age 6-7 I heard my first real audio at my cousin's place (he had brought back some '50's mono tube gear from overseas military duty) and I was Wow'd on-the-spot. Built me a crystal-set w/metal diaphragm headphone, & was fascinated that it worked with no battery or power source. Early 60's brought in the British Beatles invasion & of course I was hypnotized, despite dad's dire warnings of a 'commie plot' in progress. Glued my ears to the top-40 A.M. table radio in my bedroom, until the wee hours every night. Family friends got a Zenith portable & dad liked it, so we went for a big-old Zenith console tube stereo with 35 womping watts & a single 15" woofer. I then inherited the family's tube mono portable for my own, & gutted the cabinet. Setup speakers everywhere in my own room, mounted in cardboard boxes, coffee cans, you-name-it I tried it. Still blissfully ignorant, I obviously knew nothing about electronics, impedance matching, etc... A pre-teen then, I put together some more Allied Radio Knight-kits, & actually began to understand what I was doing. Early teens: I built a C.B. base station in my 'basement apartment' & worried all the neighbors with TVI. Built myself a mixing board & integrated in an FM tuner, tape decks, phone line, turntable, microphone & the phone line. It was all connected; at times I 'broadcasted' music illegally. Then built an all-tube low-power FM transmitter, & ran the only pirate radio station in town. Age 15: got a job at McDonalds & earned enough $ to build my own Utah bass-reflex 3-way's: zip corded to a 1959-vintage beam-power-pentode amp built from a kit. Got an old Rek-O-Kut belt-drive turntable + Schure M3D cartrdige for cheap, & I was in heaven. Age 19: Replaced the then-fried-out Utah 15's with 3-way CTS separates & home-brew crossover. Worked at the university radio station & discovered Klipschorns; swore I'd own a pair someday, now I do. Built my next amp, 120w/ch S.S. on breadboard from a schematic; didn't like the sound, so I taught myself how to tweak the component values. Been through a multitude of "real" equipment since then. The only time I wasn't seriously playing around & changing the system was 1984 thru 1997, when I had Luxman Ultimate series components (used, so they were affordable) THAT was the most musical my rig has ever been. The power amp finally failed; 3 years & $20K (retail) later, I'm still experimenting. This is still "more fun than a barrel of monkies" (yeah I had a couple of their LP's too). As Gunnar says: AMP ON!