Originally Posted by RayDunzl
It's a long story because I have so few.
I had about 1,000 by the time I graduated college. Then life got in the way.
30 years later only had another 500 or so.
since I retired I buy quit a lot and at this point have about 3000.
Frankly I feel guilty and as if I erred. At this point in life one should have a 10,000 disc collection. At least that is my self expectation and I failed miserably.
Below is an OP from another site that I started just a few days ago that explains a bit about me and my listening style:
"I noticed that some folks in the music threads tend to never spin the same disc twice. I also know that some have a hard time getting to music that they have bought to give a listen. Particularly box sets.
Heck, I regularly pass on box sets because I know I just can't consume it.
My style is to become a bit intimate with whatever I buy. This demands several listens of an album before I shelve it or continue to leave it in my rotation.
Also, I always listen from first to last note of an album. On occasion I will listen to a single disc of a three disc set but that tends to be the exception and generally there is some continuity to it. Like today, the first two discs of a 3 CD set were recorded at one venue, the last disc at a different venue, So I just put on the one disc from the second venue.
That said, I think I am remiss for adapting the "style" of listening I have.
After all, part of the enjoyment is having the "collection." At least for me. And needing to listen several times to what you buy really cuts down on what you buy.
If you can't get to everything, so what? It's yours and you love owning it. It's in your library. How rewarding!
So what is your style? Do you always spin everything you buy ASAP?
Do you insist on evaluating it over several listens like me?
Do you avoid box sets, love them and always listen to all immediately?
Buy give a listen and sell?
How important is your "library" to you? Is having a library part of the enjoyment or is it strictly utilitarian and your are all about streaming now and wish it always existed?"
It made for some interesting conversation among audio friends, I'd enjoy some replies here too if anyone cares to share.