Still got two items of equipment that are now arond 25 years old that i purchased in the early nineties which still sound fantastic to my ears today and i have never had the itch to upgrade (Linn LP 12 record deck with Linn Lingo power supply used in my main HiFi system together with a pair of Mission 753 floor standing speakers which i use in my home cinema setup).
Photos below taken from the internet just for visual purposes only and are not my actual equipment.
My equipment is long gone, and to try and re-buy my stuff now would cost thousands of pounds, for example to re-buy my SME Pick Up/Tone Arm would cost £395.00.
I hate to think how much the rest of my old Hi-Fi kit would cost.
Back in the day, when I was about 5 or 6, my parents did buy me two 78 rpm records, one was "Diana" by Paul Anka and I can't remember the second one, other than my aunt accidentally broke it (I cried at the time).
My Sony Hi-Fi stereo cassette deck, it could take 4 types of tape, Ferric (normal), Chrome, FerriChrome and TDK Super Avlyn.
My 5-Band Stereo Hi-Fi Equalizer.
Totally forgot about my first proper record deck that i bought during the late eighties which i still have stored in my cupboard and haven't really used apart from the occasional test since purchasing my Linn LP12 back in 1990.
Revolver deck with Linn Basik Plus arm and Audio Technica Cartridge (again pictures taken from the internet for illustration purposes only)..
I'm jealous that you've managed to hold on to your system, the moment my kids came along and started to toddle, my Hi-Fi system became items of immense interest for tiny inquisitive hands, my Hi-Fi's time was up.
Still, thinking about it, when I want to listen to some music all I have to do now is press a few buttons, but back then I had to virtually go through a ritual to retrieve my delicate albums from their protective covers, place the vinyl platter on the alter, which is my turntable, turn or my amp, my equalizer and finally my turntable, then place the tone arm on the record, after making sure the turntable has spun up to the selected speed and then start listening to my music.
After the music has finished, do all the above in reverse, what a rigmarole.
Hi again Schnapps
The guy running the HiViNyws YouTube channel said that the difference between listening to music via MP3's and a (well balanced) Hi-Fi system is like looking at a very detailed (flat) picture and being in a 3-D scene.
I must admit, I agree with him.
Also, buying a good Hi-Fi system nowadays does not have to cost a second mortgage but, I believe, it's still going to be expensive.
Hi UK Bob,
I always tend to keep most of my HiFI and AV gear, just can't be bothered to sell on or take to the AV graveyard scrap yard, i am bit of a junk hoarder in that respect (saying that most of my gear was top notch back then).
Don't play much vinyl nowadays and mainly stream Spotify via my squeeze boxes doted around the house, much more convenient or maybe i am getting lazy in my old age without the effort of getting off the couch to change the record sides.
Saying that i do miss looking at the artwork on record covers (some of the covers to me are a piece of art and i appreciate more than the majority of the paintings you see in modern art galleries).
You said, "i do miss looking at the artwork on record covers", I do so totally agree with that sentiment. Buying an album was not just buying music, it was buying the artist's visual concept of his/her/their musical work. That's why album covers had to be preserved and protected, just like the music contained within those vinyl tracks.
Still, those were the days.
When vinyl was king, i wish now that i invested in some vinyl picture discs (instead of the standard black LP's).
I used spend ages in the record stores drooling over these.
I am sure the picture disc LP's are going for silly money nowadays must checkout Ebay ?
Unfortunately the additional extra price of these was out of my price range at the time
This is the only picture disc LP that i have ever owned which i have still got somewhere in storage.
Never been one for 45 single records or pre recorded cassette tapes LP was my media of choice