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How much money do you have invested in this "hobby?"

How much have you spent on your current system?

  • < 500 USD

    Votes: 9 1.8%
  • 500-1000 USD

    Votes: 15 2.9%
  • 1000-2500 USD

    Votes: 90 17.6%
  • 2500-5000 USD

    Votes: 101 19.8%
  • 5000-10000 USD

    Votes: 116 22.7%
  • 10000-15000 USD

    Votes: 68 13.3%
  • 15000-25000 USD

    Votes: 49 9.6%
  • 25000-50000 USD

    Votes: 40 7.8%
  • >50000 USD

    Votes: 23 4.5%

  • Total voters
    511

JayGilb

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PC: $600
DAC(s): $200
Rack of vintage amps: $1000
DIY Speakers: $1000

Total: $2800

I buy non-functional equipment on-line and repair it for low cost.

Still have a lot of my equipment from just after university (30 years), when I started making a good paycheck and had minimal expenses.
Getting married, raising children and putting them through college completely stopped any purchases and now I am picking up
a piece here and there.
 
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JaccoW

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Had to rebuild at the beginning of the year from a €3000+ setup:
But the reel-to-reel will be sent in for a major overhaul and I have a couple of mods planned for the turntable. That's easily another €500. Matching stands for the speakers for €200 + some new cables to make it work.

Next year I want to replace the aging laptop with a Morefine S500+ mini pc to serve as the media/music centre and perhaps add a NAS.

So by this time next year I will probably be in the next size up. :p
 
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JayGilb

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Had to rebuild at the beginning of the year from a €3000+ setup:
But the reel-to-reel will be sent in for a major overhaul and I have a couple of mods planned for the turntable. That's easily another €500. Matching stands for the speakers for €200 + some new cables to make it work.

Next year I want to replace the aging laptop with a Morefine S500+ mini pc to serve as the media/music centre and perhaps add a NAS.

So by this time next year I will probably be in the next size up. :p
Sweet deal on that Akai. I have always wanted to refurbish a reel to reel, but I would screw it up. Not too many techs have that type of experience anymore.
 

JaccoW

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Sweet deal on that Akai. I have always wanted to refurbish a reel to reel, but I would screw it up. Not too many techs have that type of experience anymore.
It used to belong to my grandfather so it has a special place for me as well. My father has the matching Akai everything stereo set.
I'm pretty handy but as soon as I opened it up and started looking up guides I knew this was best left to the professionals. I have a tendency to destroy things when I desolder them and that can get very expensive in a machine like this.

Luckily there are a couple of them here in the Netherlands. One is Electro-Andijk who sells original parts for practically everything. Another one nearby is VintageAudioRepair who also sells a lot of overhauled vintage machines.
 

atsmusic

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The first question is this hobby and the second is current system. Two VERY different things for me anyhow.
 
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