For me, it's lack of storage space. It also doesn't hurt to be spending money on this hobby. Otherwise I'd have more music than I know what to do with.
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For me it's primarily finance that has slowed down buying. A secondary consideration is that in many classical works, I have my "definitive" performances. Not to say I wouldn't listen to new recordings with new artists: but that brigns me back to the first consideration.
Thirdly, I have ~3k LPs & 2k cd's to keep me going -- but, as all would agree, there's never enough!
Since I am an irrational collector with inconsistent habits, the idea of limits is even more crazy. Sometimes I have a theme, like all the great performances of one composition. Or I might be working in a place for a while that has good stuff in great condition real cheap. So I mine it until I leave. Then I meet somebody who really knows something and I get recommendations. I have been playing the radio in the hotel with a pen and paper. Then I had to have every Mosaic Davis LP box. Someday I will go deaf and die and it will all go to the dump.
It's probably the wallet. Not that I can't afford to buy more music, but I refuse to pay the inflated price of cd's. Really, I feel like I'm being taken advantage of when I pay $16.99 or $18.99 for a single disc, or $29.99 for a double. I won't do it anymore!
I gave up on LP's years ago, which is kind of sad, but no regrets.