Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: 50 Rue St Georges Paris
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I'm a dying breed, and probably as I am older I am less wise in some respects.
In the old days I would study half a dozen mags every month forming a wish list - then when the time came I would visit two or three dealers to decide and buy.
Back then I didn't really upgrade more than every couple of years or so, but I was always hankering after the next big thing. I changed far more often than I should have but on the other hand I avoided some major baloney buys.
Most of the dealers had an evangelical zeal to push me a certain flat earth way, Linn, Naim, etc but the odd one ploughed a middling furrow with brands like Arcam, Thorens, Epos etc along with some better than believed at the time Japanese separates from Technics, Yamaha, Sony ES and Denon.
I was always looking for value - and with some salesmen I smelled BS and couldn't hear their " difference ". I formed buying relationships with others lasting decades which either meant they were stand-up guys or their BS was better.
The strange thing is it would now make more sense for me to research online then buy online but it isn't what I do. Instead I look for specialist hi-fi brands that sell through dealers, research online, visit for a listen - then buy at the store.
I don't buy brands I can buy cheaply online - the brands I buy aren't usually available online - if they are the prices are little or no different.
I must like the nostalgic experience of taking my Tom Waits or J D Souther lps with me, having a coffee and buying a neat new pair of floorstanders or something, maybe just a cartridge.
I know it makes little sense, and my younger self would laugh at me but I enjoy it.
Je voudrais manger boire et baiser.