anyone ever contemplate just getting rid of everything?

Discussion in 'General Audio Discussion' started by mike0565, May 6, 2018.

  1. bshorey

    bshorey Super Member

    Gilroy, CA, USA
    I sort of did that, once. Got married, had kids, life got in the way kind of thing. Went through this with the audio gear and the cars. Thank God I didn't sell everything, I mothballed a couple of sentimental pieces and one of my beloved cars. Years later, I got back into both hobbies, and was immensely happy that I held on to what I did. It took years to build both collections back up, however I must admit that it was kind of fun.

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  2. 0Hz

    0Hz AK Subscriber Subscriber

    I feel the same way about computer stuff. I had a lot of old gear that while not worth anything in particular, some parts could go for money and re-acquiring them now would be very expensive and time consuming.. I was building my own stuff since I was 12 or 13, piece meal etc. I wish I had held on to a lot of stuff. I've still got a Voodoo2 card that I don't even know if it works or not, I have a half finished system in the attic I need to take out and get working on too. Got a very rare sound card for free that I hope works out well.. Starting over is really painful when a lot of stuff from 30 - 50 years ago is now just becoming impossible to find
  3. Ohighway

    Ohighway Wannabe Minimalist Subscriber

    "...anyone ever contemplate just getting rid of everything?..."

    Yes...yes I have. But when I think it through....when I make a change I'll likely hang on to a few pieces I've owned since the 60s and 70s, as well as hang on to a few of the very best pieces I own.

    Anything I've gotten rid of so far I have not missed.
  4. Audiotfoot

    Audiotfoot AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Lewistown, Montana, USA
    I have gotten rid of equipment and lived to regret it. I miss Marantz amp / receiver combo that was given to a friend.. And a my first tape deck / speaker combo - which my wife gave to her brother while I was at work. And there was a period of several years when the receiver, TT, tape deck and CD player were mothballed due to lack of room. But then the kids moved out, the equipment moved back in and now my sons' old bedroom is my listening room.
    .Unless you are willing to replace everything when life gets better, store everything if it's in the way, or continue to dust it if it isn't. There's a near 100% chance that things will change and you will once again be able to enjoy music.
  5. Jayrosc

    Jayrosc Super Member

    Upstate NY
    Hey Mike...I agree. That said, I'm dumping all my gear right now except for a great receiver and two pair of great speakers. The stuff I keep is worth it's weight in gold, even if I only have it on for 20 minutes a day. Turntable is out. Spotify is in.
    I'm near you by the way, up in Phoenicia.
  6. sqlsavior

    sqlsavior AK Subscriber Subscriber

    EspaƱola NM
    When I'm finally in a home that I own, and plan to retire in? After 40 years of hauling it around with me?

    Nope. No way.
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  7. JimPA

    JimPA Distinguished Member

    Grover's Corner PA.
    Yes some of the time I use my furnace and at other times I use the air conditioner.
  8. mkane

    mkane AK Subscriber Subscriber

    103 miles N. of S.F.
    Kill your television
  9. 4-2-7

    4-2-7 Smart Ass Sponsor Subscriber

    San Francisco Peninsula
    I mean really how many hours do you want to sit and listen to the washer and dryer? LOL My point was that when I was growing up everyone pretty much had some kind of stereo in the house and me and friends as an adult setting up our own homes though the 80s and up. It was there for once in a while for most people, when they had company over and or parties. Some people might have taken a day out week to listen after work, maybe a little more on the weekends. It was also generally for the whole family to use, so they did the same thing with friends or while the parents where out of the house. That's what I meant by normal usage and appliance for the home.
  10. JimPA

    JimPA Distinguished Member

    Grover's Corner PA.
    My wife enjoys when I have music on with my main system.
    After 29 years of marriage she doesn't understand why I have to always have speakers playing something.
    When I am in the house I usually have a receiver on which is a lesser system so I can listen to something on am or fm.

    Basically I have a need to listen to something that comes out of loudspeakers not appliances.
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  11. imral3

    imral3 Super Member

    Blackwood, New Jersey
    I'm sure you can find an hour a week to "force" yourself to sit, relax and enjoy listening. Don't get rid of it... you'll regret it.
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  12. GD70

    GD70 AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Northern Westchester Co, NY
    Most would sell the first born to have your system!
    Don't sell it! Regrets suck when you want to hear the system you carefully assembled, but it's gone.
    I listen as much as I can, but the bulk of my listening is weekends. Inside, or outside, music is on a good portion of the day, and my wife enjoys it as well.
    If you had 20-30 pairs of speakers, 10 amps, 15 TT's etc... Then yeah sell and keep the best pieces.
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  13. DChen

    DChen New Member

    Music was and will always be important in my life. Until I can afford to hire musicians to play for me on a whim, yeah I'm going to hang on to my gear. My schedule fluctuate wildly over the years but sooner or later I'll have time to come back and enjoy the music.
  14. Sandstrom

    Sandstrom Seldom turns out the way it does in the song Subscriber

    4-2-7 is 100% correct. Ultimately it is just an appliance. I think that most of us can tend to get "emotionally involved" with the gear we use for many reasons, nostalgia, sentimentality, appearance, rarity, collectibility, etc. but hopefully our main reason for hanging on to what we have is that it sounds pleasing to us and is there when we feel like getting wrapped up in the music.

    Although I do agree with the statements regarding holding onto it as it doesn't cost anything (until you are interested in getting into it again), I can also see the argument towards just liquidating it all if it is not in use. If, down the road, you miss having that "go to" system you can always acquire something new. Most of this stuff can usually be found without too much trouble in this day and age.

    It can be really refreshing, tearing something down and starting all over. The assembling of nice system can be really gratifying and fun! Then again, if you don't feel the pull to build a system again, you know you made the right choice for you! Whatever you decide best of luck and you'll ultimately know what the right choice for you is.
  15. cgutz

    cgutz AK Member

    SE South Dakota
    I haven't given any thought to getting rid of everything...but my wife has...especially the pieces in storage.
  16. hjames

    hjames ... SPRING forward? Where's that Cake? Staff Member Moderator Subscriber

    VA near DC
    Define "in storage." If its on site in your house or a shed, that's one thing,
    but if you are paying for external off-site storage, best to cut that expense as quickly as possible ...
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  17. cgutz

    cgutz AK Member

    SE South Dakota
    Onsite only. And I only have 4 or 5 pieces. I do have 3 audio systems set up in different rooms. She does like the music however.
  18. nedseg

    nedseg AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Yes. And No.
    Before I retired, I attended a conference that was held at a seminary, and got a peek at some of the 'monks' rooms - and found the stark simplicity very appealing. Bare bones simple vs. the mess of crap I seem to have everywhere.
    When I retired I was finally able to spend more time listening, and with the help & posting of 'those more knowledgeable than I', have wrung really stupendous sound out of my old system. Now I spend hours each day enthralled by many amazing recordings of very talented composers/musicians - no regret there at all!
    Very glad I 'kep' all that old stuff while I was working so many hours that I didn't even have the energy to power it up!
    BUT...if/when the time comes when I'm 'less able' and have to 'sparsify my habitat', I'd be pretty happy with the PC/Topping D50 DAC + JBL305 combo, and dump all the rest (well, maybe upgrade to the newer 308MkIIs?)
    That plus some decent VR games I'm thinking might get me thru my 'dotage' in simple, clean & neat fashion?
    Time will tell.
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  19. Bob

    Bob AK Subscriber Subscriber

    West coast
    several really good reasons to downsize. sell to buy higher quality esp while the going is good
    (think flippers wit 5 figure TOTL Marantz/Pioneer receivers), sell two buy one, etc

    second: saves you from spinning in your grave as your heirs dump those copies of Aja, the
    Pioneer stacks, those mint WE 300B tubes, etc or give away for $5. or worse, landfill.

    there was a guy who wrote a book "die Broke" - premise is sell everything, spend like crazy and
    pull the lid over...
  20. OutlawSun

    OutlawSun Active Member

    Dallas, Texas
    Sounds like burn out to me or in the very least you've got other interests that are stronger for the time being. So listening here and there is fine even passively while working on other things. I don't think you have to purge everything out. If there's gear you simply just don't use that much in general (especially before this current state) I could see pairing down. Especially to spend less time swapping gear in to justify its existence even if you don't particularly care for that piece. But overall I think it's more reasonable to step back and just do other things for a while than do anything particularly rash like purging it all. Sometimes when you love a hobby you have to take a break from it once in a while to appreciate it.

    Yeah this is the most reasonable view. My gear is there when I want to listen to music. It's something that really interests me but it's not necessarily my only interest. I tend to be pretty cyclical in terms of what I tend to spend time doing. Sometimes I listen to music sometimes I'm busy messing with other things. But when I really want to listen to music I have a setup I enjoy for that purpose. I think it's good to have a mix of hobbies though simply to avoid simply burning out.

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