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  1. Is anybody interested in a Shinola Runwell (designed by VPI) for a seriously discounted price? I don't have a need for it, so thought I'd offer it up here to see if anybody might want a bargain that I can't take advantage of. There has never been one for sale on eBay or on Audiogon — they are limited and this is the first one I know of that's for sale second-hand. Here's the scoop: The table is black on black; this color combo is sold out. As you can see, it looks amazing. https://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/7602587/36__1_.jpeg The turnta
  2. There's good stuff from almost every era, though you have to fight harder to find it in, say, 1984 or 1995. For example, most 'heads don't care that much for 1987, because shows were short, but the spring of that year is on fire and I love it too. I'm where most people are: I love much of 1969, 1973-4, and 1977, but I didn't see them in the Keith years, so later stuff like the best of '88/'89 and all of early 1990 still speaks most to me. My first GD show was 4/22/83. Lots of people love the GD for the jams, and I do too, but I really came to them for the songs, so Phish and the ot
  3. Correct. I do have some Teslas and some Mullard (reissues). I think they both run about the same temperature. The Rowland is Class D, so it's slightly warm. Since I'm in the attic, when the sun is out it's just too hot with the tubes glowing. But at least it gives me something to look forward to in the fall.
  4. It was huge, and there was so much stuff it would make me want to puke. Of course, they had more expensive stuff, but the standard stuff that goes for $15-20 now was everywhere for $5 each. That woulda been about 1996 or 1997. I don't know how big it is now, whether they've downsized or whether they've been able to keep up. I was driving through last year and tried to stop, but we got there right at 6:00, which is when they close. Bummer.
  5. It was a birthday purchase, by far my most expensive LP ever for the time, at $100. There's one on the Bay right now for $300, about the same condition as mine. Go wild! Quite right. Thanks for the advice. I swear I tried that, but I guess not.
  6. If you're 17 and you have 400 LPs already you don't need my stinkin' help —that's WAY more than I had at that age, and some of them were pure shite from the early 80s! OTOH, I'm sure my daughter would trade places with you just to prove what a shitty parent I am. ('Twas always thus, I suppose. She's actually a great kid. And as a dad I'm at least a 4 out of 10, maybe even a 6 on a good day.)
  7. I got no idea why it won't let me type "vinyl" with an "s" on the end. I've tried three times. It corrects each time — basically proving my point, amirite?
  8. This topic is giving me such a woody. I collected fiercely in the 1990s, in retrospect the best time possible since everybody was dumping LPs. I'd spend $100 or $200 at Jerry's in Pittsburgh or the various stores in Chicago, DC, the East Village, Vancouver, London, San Francisco ... and I'd come away with more LPs than I could carry. Sometimes I had to find a UPS drop-off before I got back on a plane. (There were no UPS Stores back then.) The first of two kids arrived in 1999 and they took most of my time, so I've barely bought any vinyl in the last 15 years. But for he
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