November 3, 2011
Started at age 12 with my first $20 phonograph and a Rolling Stones' Honky Tonk Woman 45rpm record. I played the song over and over until finally my older brother gave me a Grand Funk Railroad album. Advanced a bit when I used my college grant monies to buy my first real system which took me through college. Finally started to get serous in 2000 when I purchased a beautiful pair of Aerial Acoustics Model 10T speakers in Rosewood and continued to grow from there. The tweaking started around 2001 when a distributor sent me a fabulous line conditioner to audition just for the heck of it. That's when the bug bit me and I started to realize as one insightful reviewer once said when criticizing the performance of perhaps the most touted amps of the day, "Thar's a lot more music in them thar recordings." Actually, there's volumes more music. Not only in the overall presentation, but in every single note.
I've been into high-end audio seriously since 2000 but dabbled with it for many years prior. I don't cry listening to opera or choral but enjoy music & love to tweak.