According to your blue book the low for the amp is $560, the last sale was for $1490 and the high was $2700 probably before September of last year. An investment in good sound is always a sound investment
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Ah yes...the good ol' days. Simple times. Heck, I remember back in the mid 70's when I was around 10. My uncle had purchased for me, my very first walkman (ok ok, portable player). For Christmas. It was an Aiwa, auto-reverse (god help us all), Dolby B portable player. It wasn’t just a few days later, when I was tweaking the alignment of the head for better sound. Little did I know that I just crossed the line between tweaking...and lunacy. Did it sound worse now? Or better? I can’t tell! How do I put it back where it was originally?!?!? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! And little did I know at the time, I had just become an audiophile. CHEERS!
Yes, I remember the good old days. The price of the HiFi hobby certainly has changed, although there are still good values within some modern products. I remember lusting after the ARXA turntable as a kid in high school. It was so expensive to me at right under $100.00 that I had to settle for a used one and was very happy to find one in a HiFi store for $69.00 which now seems like a laughable pittance under the new cost. I still remember the day I hitchhiked to White Plains and found the table for sale. Had to come back later in a friend's car and pick it up. Still have it today though! I would starve and save my lunch money, $5.00 a week allowance, and whatever else I could scrape up to build my dream system including a Dynaco amp and preamp that I found used for $60.00 each. I used headphones for a while, trying to scrape up enough for speakers. One Christmas, I came down stairs to find a pair of KLH 17's under the tree. Unbelievable, thanks Mom and Dad!
Thanks Audiogon, I am enjoying the Hub.
I’ve made my share of wrong turns to be sure. Doing the right thing for me was more an adventure or coincident than one of premeditation.
My first Gee wiz car thing was the Dan gurney AAR ‘Cuda. $3995 new! It was a short lived fantasy as banks did not care to finance kids without any credit history, and I had a job and half of the sale price in hand.
That experience got me so riled I wanted to shoot somebody and there just happened to be a police action going on in which, the US government was deeply vested into, so off I went. My draft number was six anyhow, so I thought I’d beat the rush, and pick a better spot by enlisting.
The thing about being in the service and over seas too, was the pricing of all that electronic gear! Even on a petty officers pay, one could get all sorts of pretty good gear, and I did. or so I thought at the time. it's funny how those things happen. I got the first Akai continuous play cassette deck. Well, almost hands free would be more apt a nomenclature for the device. It would stop play, then physically flip over the cassette IF you placed a wee bit of sensing tape at the end. lol
The TEAC 10 inch reel to reel tape deck was the better choice by far, but had issues playing in the car.
I opted not to go into the new Quad stereo sound so popular then so accidentally I made at least one decent decision and bought a Kenwood 2ch discrete receiver.
I passed utterly on the JBL Century series units and bought a pair of Bertagni Geostatic omni directional 3 inch thick silver & black speakers. They looked great sounded good, but had no bottom end at all. One of them quit working six months after we returned to the states.
Along my way, I ignored outright tube gear, like the Scotts, Fishers, and who could afford McIntosh’s? Live and learn seems most applicable in my case. However, buying for investment purposes remains a chancy and vague prospect as usual, but especially now, as the audio realm rushes towards positive changes with such great pace.
As for the first kiss allegory, while on a temporary recruiter duty assignment, I met the office secretarial temp. She later became my wife of 23 years. So sometimes in spite of numerous misadventures, and passed by opportunities, fortune does smile upon us now and again.