For the past 4 years or so, I've been on and off the forum a lot (off mostly). I haven't been posting regularly like the first few years after joining.
Those who remember me from the old days know the constant gear change and insane tube purchases I did. For quite a few years, I was ordering tubes about once a week, I'd get at least 4 new equipments a year. I couldn't stop myself from constant audio purchase. I just wanted to try them all.
I had both good and bad times with different set ups, but I never lost the passion for music and good audio reproduction.
In this hobby, some of us forget to stop and think about the amount of money we spend.
Well, last month I got laid off of work. The company I'm working for is changing owner. I will be working there again after the renovations. So far, I've had almost 1 month off with a budget much smaller than I'm used to. I'm still waiting for my unemployment pay to come in.
So for almost a month I'm just chillaxing and listening to my system, and you know what? I'm more than satisfied. My system kicks serious musical ass! I've been using the same tubes in my tube gear for months and don't really feel the need to roll. All are cheaper current production Russians. The 300B's are my most expensive tubes but I got them last year before the equipment they were going to be used in was even made.
Tube rolling is fun and I sure miss it, but, I was spending crazy money just to hear a tonal change which didn't effect my enjoyment of music. I enjoy cheap russian tubes as much as NOS.
So that's it. No more major changes. I just want to listen to music now.
I can't say I'm proud of my past audio perversions, but I don't regret it. I got to try all sorts of gear, SS, tubes, planar, horns, bi-poles, etc. This allowed me to find my "color and preference", and that is what I'm running now.
I'm very happy that I can control myself now. I did start another hobby, but it doesn't cost much.
I'm sure a lot of you have finally slowed down, care to share your experience?
Thanks for reading