Obviously, we buy and sell from/to one another via BT, but that isn't the only way. Some of you in various areas attend local AK festivals, and some have AK friends who pass various components along. Just reading threads and looking at images has an influence, too. Shortly after joining about ten years ago, I bought my third Thorens TD-165 TT after reading about vinyl and wanting to experience it again. Bad idea, really, but it was fun for awhile. Then I read about the Sony XDR-F1HD tuner selling new from various vendors on the cheap, and promptly ordered one. Good idea. Still have and use it, and had some mods done since. About six years ago, I decided I wanted a pair of Klipsch Forte speakers, but by then a decline in health prevented me from getting out and about on my own. Besides, I wanted a pair in walnut, and in excellent condition, and pickings on CL were very slim in the OKC area. Dallas was the nearest good used market, and AK member tomlinmgt in the DFW area volunteered to help look. About two weeks later I had a very, very nice pair of Forte I in oiled walnut. A buddy drove me down there to pick them up. Still have them, used daily, in the bedroom. Mister Pig influenced the acquisition of the Levinson integrated amp. I'd only considered buying new separates, but he convinced me to consider buying a slightly-used high-end integrated amp, through his writing abut his system with the NuVista Integrated, and through PMs. Best audio purchase I ever made, and the heart of my system. There are many others of you who've influenced me by sharing your perspectives of, and experience with, your gear. And I have bought and sold other items via BT. What are some of your best additions to your thundering herd acquired under the influence (of AK)? Or, have you made any local AK friend(s) that visit(s) for listening sessions? EDIT: A couple years after I got those Fortes, AKer dcmfan drove up from the DFW area to help me recap, reseal and brace them - a kindness I shall never forget because it's about a 4-hr drive one-way. Just a prince of a guy.