Stereokarter, my hobby has not yet caused a divorce from my wife: we both work, have separate bank accounts, pay 50/50 on communal things, but she uses her personal funds for high-end fashion (she just came back from Paris with Yoshi Yamamota outfits that put her back as much as a Koetsu cartridge) and I use my funds for, well, my "hobby." She lives in a world where all hifi components still cost about $500 and I let her believe that. However, I do sneak cables into the house when she is at work and I did evade the question "How much does this cost?" when she saw the Simon Yorke turntable in my room for the first time with the words: "It is priceless, like all geniune art." (I know, stupid retort, but it worked). However, I have to say this: all of the girfriends that came before my current wife without exception have all strangely "claimed" (took without returning) one piece of my system upon the break-up of our "relationship." One girlfriend took a Nakamichi cassette player (not a big loss) but another took a pair of Jadis JA80s (I was briefly engaged to this girlfriend, as well as the Jadis's as it turns out). The break-up with this particular woman was so painful and dramatic, and she was so fiercely against me getting my amps back (something to do with "retribution" for the "suffering" I had caused her), that I just gave up trying to retrieve them. Years later, a mutual friend told me that she donated my Jadis's to the Salvation Army!