The very first high fidelity equipment purchase I made was a pair of Infinity Qb speakers I bought the fall of 1979, my freshman year of college. I bought them at a little stereo store in Coldwater, MI (I long ago forgot the name of the store, but would probably recognize it if I heard it.). Word had spread to our little college campus, that the dealer in Coldwater was having a tremendous sale on their stock of Infinity speakers. I remember I paid only $204 for the pair (brand new in the boxes, with warranty), which I thought was a great deal, because most places were selling them for $350/pair. The sale was limited to stock on hand, and I got the last pair of Qb's at that price. For the next six months, our dorm room stereo consisted of the Qb's, a Marantz 1030 integrated amp that I picked up used from another student, and my roommate's Technics entry level turntable. We listened to a LOT of vinyl, mostly courtesy the Columbia House and RCA record clubs. The turntable was our only source. The following spring, I picked up a slightly used Bang & Olufsen Beogram 3400 turntable, that I also still have and use regularly, to replace my roommate's Technics and give my my first complete stereo system. Unfortunately, the little Marantz was stolen about a year and a half later after I loaned it to a friend. The Qb's served as my main speakers all through college and the early years of my marriage. In the early 1990s they become my front main speakers in a 5.1 surround sound system, my first and only attempt at a home theater system. Then the kids came and such frivolities as stereos and home theaters took a back seat. The Infinities went into storage until December 2010, when I moved out and my ex-wife filed for divorce. I pulled them, and some of my other old stereo equipment, including my Beogram turntable and an NAD receiver from the early 1980s, and set up my first stereo system in over 15 years at the "divorce house". Hearing those Qb's for the first time in over 15 years brought back memories of how good they sounded. My kids, who had never heard a real, honest-to-goodness stereo were blown away by the sound quality and especially the imaging. They had never heard anything like it. So, the exact same pair of speakers that introduced me to quality audio listening, brought me back into the fold. Which has only snowballed from there. About five years ago, I discovered that my local Goodwill stores occasionally have some really cool stereo gear than even a divorced father of 3 can afford. I've gone through several pairs of speakers, currently have four systems running in my house, have given each of my kids, and my girlfriend, systems of their own. About 4 years ago, I pulled the Qb's out of the rotation, took them apart, ordered the components from Parts Express to recap the crossovers, but have never gotten around to completing the project - life and too many other projects got in the way. In addition to the crossover recap, my original Qb's have a few cosmetic flaws that need addressed (snags on the grill cloth, one grill frame broken, repaint the front baffles, tiny pin hole in one of the rubber woofer surrounds and do something about that hideous vinyl covering on the cabinets). A couple months ago, I did a complete restoration on a pair of JBL L36 Decades, that I purchased at Goodwill (where else?). That inspired me to dig the Qb's out of the back of the closet and get back to work on them. Well, I started by re-gluing all the cabinet seams with GorillaGlue and installing hardwood dowel braces between the front baffle and rear cabinet wall. But, that's as far as I've gotten (again, several other projects keep getting priority). Well today, as I was making my usual Saturday Goodwill rounds, I stumbled on some familiar looking boxes in the furniture section of the second Goodwill I visited. I immediately recognized them (of course). They looked nearly mint. The grills were perfect. When I pulled them off, I was slightly disappointed to see than they were Qa's and not Qb's. I was also a little daunted by the price. I won't mention it here (as I don't want this moved to Dollars & Sense), but it's the most I've ever paid for speakers (or anything else) at a Goodwill. Whoever priced them new what they had. So, no big scroe here, but they were in such fine shape, I had to have them. Logic being that I would swap the woofers, EMITs and grills with my original Qb's and then resell the Qa's to recover my cost. Basically, get my Qb's back to near mint condition at zero net cost (other that the crossover caps that I bought four years ago and still have on hand). When I see something in such nice condition at Goodwill, I always wonder why it ended up there. A quick look at the fuses on the back showed they were both blown. I suspect the owner wasn't aware what the fuses did and thought the EMITs might be blown. I took a chance that the EMITs weren't blown and thankfully, they are not. I've been listening to the Qa's all afternoon and evening and while they obviously don't have the midrange of my Qb's, they have that EMIT magic and nice tight bass of a 10" woofer in a sealed cabinet. No pictures yet, but I'm starting this thread to give me the incentive to FINALLY finish restoring my first ever real speakers. They deserve it after sticking with me all these years - and so do I. I can't wait to hear how they sound after I rebuild the crossovers. Still trying to decide what I want to do about the cabinets. I definitely want to pull off that hideous vinyl and apply some real veneer. The only question is what species? Walnut would be the safe choice, but I already have too many other walnut speakers. Perhaps oak (maybe whitewash them like I did the JBLs for a more contemporary look) or maybe cherry, or teak, or rosewood, or.... Stay tuned for further developments.