I have never been a huge fan of the looks of the darker-faced pioneer gear from the early 1970s, and I think I know why. They say you covet what you know, familiar things. Wait, Hannibal Lecter said that. . .well, this wouldn’t be the first quote on this site form a psychopath. I didn’t start coveting hi-fi gear until I was about 12 years old. That would put the year at 1977 - past the dark-faced gear – into the brighter-faced, clear glass and stainless look. Those early days of cutting ads out of catalogs and audio magazines and taping them to my bedroom wall laid the foundation for my affinity toward the mid-to-late-70s gear I have today.
What? You had posters of Corvette’s and Charlie’s Angels on your wall as a teenager? What kind of a freak??? . . . Ahem, yes – those might be considered more “normal” things to lust after as an adolescent. Well, it took 20 years before I could afford the gear I always wanted, and another ten before collecting became an obsession, errr – hobby. So – now I collect the gear I once couldn’t afford, and instead of a wall filled with advertisements I have racks filled with actual gear. And oh yes, just for a dash of retroactive karmic adjustment, I also have a poster of Kate Jackson in a bikini on my garage wall.
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