You never know what lies around the next corner. I recently got re-connected with a very old friend of mine (Rob). It's been great to finally figure out where he ended up--prior to finding him, last contact, March 1982.
Anywho, we've been talking via email for nearly a year now, off & on. I decided to send a pic of my new passive (he was a bit of an audio nut too) and made mention that I've scanned ebay for years to find a pristine Pioneer SX-780--my first piece of hi-fi gear.
Rob emails back "today is your lucky day, oldest and best friend of mine, I happen to have a mint condition SX-780 in it's original box in the garage for the low, low price of.....shipping, and a photo of it in it's new home."
Now that's truly an old FRIEND.