Our vintage audio equip, is something that the new status, new record buying generation needs to pay big money for to enter this world of vintage audio, They are driving up the prices so they to can also have the bragging rights of a monster Marantz, Pioneer, Sansui at any cost, that's fine with me. Everyday I am thankful I collected my things years ago and I did because I liked it, even when it wasn't as cool anymore. Never ever purchased a item to "flip it" sometimes I get too attached to things because of who owned it , or. the story of the item. I do tend to try to improve some equip, but not for money, or status, for sound and personal enjoyment. I purchased a perfect Sansui 9090db in 2003, for $320 , I hated to spend that much $ then but I was at a point in my life that I could finally have one. I Had only seen them in magazines in the 70s growing up ,and never spun a knob on any real hifi gear. I have a stock Marantz 4400 proudly doing daily duty that im sure needs some caps and resistors by now, but I still have the old Sui covered with a old T shirt in the bedroom, still perfect. Could double my money on the auction site. That's not it, its about peeking under that shirt every so often and thinking..... "yup THAT thing isn't going anywhere" Neither is the Marantz.