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  • Are You An Equipment Swapper or Not?

    My reference system stays pretty steady:

    VPI Classic Direct: ~2 years
    cj ART amps: 6 years
    cj GAT preamplifier: 7 years and just updated to Series 2
    Magico S5: going on two years
    Atlas: just updated after 3 years or so
    Doshi V3.0 phonostage: newest addition, under a year
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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    -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
    -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

  • #2
    No. My budget won't allow me too. I need a good Lottery win.

    EDIT:
    Genesis G7.1f speakers: 4 years
    Marantz Ref PM-KI-Pearl: 3 years
    Oracle Paris MkV: 1.5 years
    Dynavector DV20x2L : 1 year
    Pioneer RT-909: 1.5 years.
    Last edited by Johnny Vinyl; 05-15-2016, 12:39 PM.
    Dynavector DV20x2L MC cartridge - Genesis G7.1f speakers - Marantz Reference PM-KI-Pearl Int. Amp. - Oracle Audio Paris MkV turntable - Various Morrow & Valab/King cables

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    • #3
      I have picked up quiet a few bits and bobs over the years, but I tend to hold onto things rather than sell them on.
      Main System: Sources - Digital - Moon Andromeda CDP, Esoteric P5/D5 SACDP, AMR DP777 DAC, Dell PC. Analogue - SME Model 20, Graham Phantom 1.5, Ortofon 7500, Technics 1200 (heavily modified), Triplanar 7, VDH Gold, Revox B77 2, various analogue tuners. Amplification - BAT VK52se pre, Passlabs Xono, Music Reference RM200 mk1, BAT VK75. Speakers - Anthony Gallo Ref 3.5. Tables - Clearlight Audio. Cables - Altlas, Audience, Analysis +, Wireworld, XLO. Mains -Dedicated Spur only.

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      • #4
        Is there any hobby or endeavour where their practitioners don't regularly swap or change out their gear?
        TechDAS | Graham Eng | ZYX | Boulder | Magico

        "Listening to Analogue music is an act of rebellion in a digital gulag" - Simon Yorke

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        • Dr.Ears
          Dr.Ears commented
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          Jewish divorces are expensive, but well worth it.

      • #5
        Nope. I get what I want and I stick with it. I don't like making bad decisions that would put me in a position to want to change in the first place. I think it's a waste of money. I do respect those that do change equipment like underwear... What ever floats your boat is fine by me. I prefer wasting excess money in other $$$ draining hobbies...like cars for example.
        Christian
        System Gear

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        • wspohn
          wspohn commented
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          I also waste/spend a lot on far too many cars (just sold one and sold another couple over the past 2-3 years so sitting at 7 right now). At least it is cheaper than boats!

        • Kingrex
          Kingrex commented
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          I drive my cars to the grave. I get something good then use the heck out of it. Not abuse, use. I am always changing fluids and filters.

          My Stereo Is getting close to complete. Mostly tuning it now. I won't buy a major part till I retire in 10 years, then maybe build a room to hold the Pure Audio Quintet.

      • #6
        The need to change is like a bad itch that has to be scratched, it has nothing to do with whether the initial decision was a good one or a bad one. I'm into my music again, when it was P-cars I threw away stupid money in a very short time. I'm a lot smarter about how I allocate resources, I hate loosing money like the next guy and have mitigated it to the point its a non-issue.
        TechDAS | Graham Eng | ZYX | Boulder | Magico

        "Listening to Analogue music is an act of rebellion in a digital gulag" - Simon Yorke

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        • #7
          How people made bad decisions that they regretted later?
          Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
          Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
          ________________________________________

          -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
          -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
          -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
          -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
          -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
          -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
          -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
          -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
          -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
          -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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          • Dr.Ears
            Dr.Ears commented
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            You mean besides getting married and having children?

          • MylesBAstor
            MylesBAstor commented
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            Take my wife please.

          • Kingrex
            Kingrex commented
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            I bounced through a few DAC before I discovered the Server was far more Important for great playback. That was a waste of money.

        • #8
          Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
          How people made bad decisions that they regretted later?
          Making bad decisions, whether in regards to hobbies or anything else, is not something to be regretted, but rather learned from. Regret invokes negative energy...something I try and distance myself from.
          Dynavector DV20x2L MC cartridge - Genesis G7.1f speakers - Marantz Reference PM-KI-Pearl Int. Amp. - Oracle Audio Paris MkV turntable - Various Morrow & Valab/King cables

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          • #9
            Originally posted by rockitman View Post
            Nope. I get what I want and I stick with it. I don't like making bad decisions that would put me in a position to want to change in the first place. I think it's a waste of money. I do respect those that do change equipment like underwear... What ever floats your boat is fine by me. I prefer wasting excess money in other $$$ draining hobbies...like cars for example.

            When I first started into this hobby, I stuck with my gear for years, if not a decade or more (Rowland, Aerial 10Ts that I still have). Getting back into the hobby around 2010 or so I've swapped more gear and lost more money than I care to admit. Regrets? Quite a few in the recent past. But I feel my system is really settling into place and now I can focus on my LP collection. Carts and cables may be the only thing I really play with in the foreseeable future.
            Kronos Sparta -> Trinity Phono -> Trinity Pre -> CH Precision A1 -> Magico S7s

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            • #10
              Originally posted by Johnny Vinyl View Post
              Making bad decisions, whether in regards to hobbies or anything else, is not something to be regretted, but rather learned from. Regret invokes negative energy...something I try and distance myself from.
              Good point. Most of the time bad decisions lead to better one's the next time....hopefully.
              Christian
              System Gear

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              • #11
                Buy and Hold

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                • #12
                  Let's see. Threshold amp 1994, Hovland preamp 2001, revel Studios 1999, TW Raven and Tri Planar 2009. Do I qualify for the switching club? Probably not. Married 29 years one time. I guess I pick my women and audio equipment the same way. But some of the equipment will get swapped soon. New TW arm probably later this year. I have the IFi phono 2 on order since I am space challenged and I am not ready to ditch digital for rack space.
                  TW Acustic TT with Ref motor & controller; Tri-Planar Arm; Ortofon Windfeld-Ti Cartridge, Harmonix-Combak platter mat & weight; PS Audio Stellar Phono Preamp; KLAudio Ultrasonic Record Cleaner.

                  Bluesound Vault-2 Music Server & Streamer

                  VTL 6.5 preamp Series II
                  Pass Labs 150.8 Amp

                  Piega C711 Loudspeakers

                  Symposium Osiris Rack; Symposium Platforms and Roller Blocks plus grade 2.5 Balls

                  Acoustic Revive RR-888 Low Frequency Pulse Generator, Synergistic Research 12 UEF SE Line Conditioner, Level 3 HC AC Cord and Level 3 power cords, Synergistic Carbon fiber wall plates, Synergistic Research Orange Outlet, Furutech NCF Booster Braces, Audio Art Ref IC, MIT Oracle IC, synergistic Research Atmosphere X Euphoria Level 3 Balanced ICs, Synergistic Research Euphoria Level 3 Speaker Cables, Synergistic Research Cable Risers.

                  Sennheiser HDV 650 Headphone Amp; Sennheiser HD800s Headphones.

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                  • #13
                    Originally posted by rockitman View Post

                    Good point. Most of the time bad decisions lead to better one's the next time....hopefully.
                    That's part of the reason I became a reviewer. In other words, prevent others from making the mistakes I did. Learning from our mistakes is useful but sometimes we often attribute the issues to the wrong things. For years people eschewed direct drive tables only to find out the technology was solid but the implementation was flawed. Same could probably be said about solid-state gear and even RBCD now.
                    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                    ________________________________________

                    -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
                    -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
                    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                    -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
                    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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                    • #14
                      Main components only:
                      Linn LP12 - 32 years
                      B&K ST-140 - 19 years
                      Antique Sounds Labs MG-SI15DT-S - 16 years
                      Sound Dynamics 300ti - 19 years
                      Tekton Lore - 4 years.

                      I think that's pretty "stable"!

                      I have a whole lot of other gear of various vintage, mostly in storage. I've had Linn Kans since 1990 (bought used) and VMPS RM2neos for about 15 years, though they have been in storage since about 2010.

                      Bad decision? Letting my Acoustat Monitors go when I sold my house in 1988.
                      Steve Lefkowicz
                      Senior Associate Editor at Positive Feedback
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                      Analog 1: Linn LP12 (MOSE/Hercules II), Ittok, Dynavector 10X5 MK.II Low, iPhono2/iPowerX; Analog 2: Pro-Ject RPM-1 Carbon, Talisman S, iFi iPhono.
                      Digital: Samsung 300E5C notebook, JRiver Media Center 28, Tidal HiFi, Qobuz Studio), iFi NEO iDSD, iFi iUSB3, iPurifier2, Audioquest Jitterbug.
                      Electronics: DIY passive line-stage, Antique Sound Labs MG-SI15DT-S, Burson Timekeeper Virtuoso
                      Speakers: Tekton Lore, Magneplaner .7
                      Interconnects: Morrow Audio MA1, Vermouth Audio Black Pearl, Audioquest Evergreen
                      Speaker cables: Morrow Audio SP4, Vermouth Audio Red Velvet, Audioquest Type 5
                      Digital cables: Aural Symphonics USB, iFi Gemini twin-head USB.
                      Accessories: Sound Organization turntable shelf, Mondo racks, Pangea Audio Vulcan rack, Pi Audio Group Über BUSS, Monster HTS2000 power conditioner, Kinetronics anti-static brush, Pro-Ject VC-S record cleaner, Spin Clean record cleaner.
                      Headphones: Schiit Valhalla amp, Burson Conductor Virtuoso Amp, Meze Audio 99 Classic and 99 Neo, Beyerdynamic DT770Pro 600 ohm, DT770 Studio 80 ohm, 1More Triple Driver Over Ear, 1More Triple Driver IEM

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                      • #15
                        I don't swap. Most of my gear I've had between 10 and 20 years. Newest things are my carts and those are 5 yr "old" carts. Main reasons I don't swap is I'm satisfied for the most part, and don't have the megabucks for true high end gear to replace the stuff anyway.
                        Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (Stereo) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (Stereo) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (Stereo) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (Mono) , Luxman Tonearm (Mono) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (Mpmp) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-650 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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