That would depend on the gear in question.
How much I enjoyed the make up of the gear in question plays a huge in it all.
The feature set, and the sound quality of it also play an important part.
If I paid about $1,600.00 to about $2,500.00 for an amplifier back in 1984, it was probably a SOTA piece back then (or pretty damn close to it), and enjoyed the performance and the sound quality of it back then, then about 35-40 years later, then more than likely, it’s going to have some sentimental value to me, and that being the case, I’m more than likely going to have it redone and recapped, that many years later, though I will still enjoy it immensely, it will no longer be considered SOTA.
If liked a piece of gear which I paid WAY MUCH less than that, then even though I may or may not keep it. How sentimental it is to me is going to be a factor as well.
More than likely, I may eventually either part ways with it and give it away?
Or I may decide to keep it, but I will either put it in a secondary system, or I may put it in retirement all to and just use it occasionally then.
It won’t be a full time piece anymore, that’s for sure.