Is It Time To Sell My Vinyl Rig?

Hey All,
There once was a time when I looked forward to shopping for arcane mono classical and jazz vinyl. The anticipation of hearing a newly cleaned recording from 1957 that I didn’t realize existed until just a few hours prior. The satisfaction of owning 200 plus records. But now since I’ve upgraded my DAC and Transport, I’ve become disenchanted with vinyl. It still sounds musical but not nearly as close to a live performance as my digital setup. So I’m now I’m thinking about selling my ASR Mini Basis Exclusive MK 2 phono preamp and my modified Thorens TD 145 with AT 33 mono anniversary cartridge. I could put the money towards a surgical procedure that I’ve been putting off. Will I regret this afterwords? I don’t even know how much to ask for the equipment or whether someone would even take an interest in it. Any ideas out there?
I grew up visiting and hearing performances at the College Conservatory of Music, which my paternal grandparents graduated from. The Tokyo String Quartet in residence, the Juilliard String Quartet, student and faculty recitals, etc... I’ve also spent many an evening at Music Hall listening to the CSO. Also, I lived in Paris and Koln and made use of the cultural advantages there. From my experience, no recorded music, despite the format, sounds like hearing music played and sung live. I will say however that with my stereo and a recently recorded cd, that I can experience a performance that will bring me closer to that live experience than I’ve ever experienced before from a recording. Hopefully, it will just keep on getting better.
Digital streaming can't replace original vinyl records.

Digital can't replace physical object.

Music from the past originally pressed on vinyl (tapes, cassettes etc) before digital was invented. This is Crème de la crème of analog.

There for a time in the 90's when records cost nothing, dealers who purchased a warehouse of record at that time become millionaires in 15 years. Now record collecting is a lifestyle and an expensive hobby. 

When someone keep telling about digital streaming like an alternative to vinyl records I think for such person music is .... 

1) Something originally recorded digitally (which is definitely not all the great music recorded prior to the 80s). 

2) Just something playing on the background.

3)  Cheap or almost free way to get music online.  

A person who ignore analog (records, tapes etc) is a "normal person", while vinyl lovers are a bit crazy about their hobby. I like crazy people. 

Digital sucks! 


I wonder if people realize how silly they sound when they go on vinyl (or other) rants. I can't relate to people who get so worked up emotionally that logic goes out the window.
reubent, yes I still live in Cincinnati, though I spent a lot of time while growing up in Mass.