The "times of my life" greatly affected my thoughts and feelings about gear I have owned.
You may have some of the same memories or feelings. The age I was, my friends and family, the rooms/home, and more had real impact on my thoughts for much of the audio units I have owned. How can they not? My best friend has passed, and I am no longer with the prettiest woman I was with...and a great house/room for a great stereo. So, all I am saying is that for me there is more to fondly remembered audio units I have owned than the gear itself. The same could be said for the sports cars I have owned.... I have had better and more expensive cars...but the one I drove back and forth to Road America when I was racing Formula Fords is in my mind more that the "better" cars I owned later. Does this make sense with your experiences? Thanks.