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Some lovely posts in this thread. Interesting to read & tells a little bit more about the member.
My Musical journey began right from as far back as I can remember. Both my parents were doctors. My mom gave up practice when I was born and decided to be a homemaker. My dad was then working for the Tata s (Tata Chem) and was posted in Mithapur, Gujarat. We had a huge home and a Grundig TT with electronics that I cant recall. Both my parents were heavily into music (NOT HIFI like me) I can see the gear & me enjoying the music in many of the pictures that I have managed to preserve. This was in 1969 and this bliss continued till my Dad suddenly passed away & we had to move to my maternal grand parents home in Bombay.
Here too there was a nice audio set up as my grand dad was heavily into Opera/classical & had a Quad set up (Yes the old ESLs with the monos that he had bought third hand). By the time I was about 10 my Grand dad(who was working in the CBI which was a transferable job) was nearing retirement and even with my mum restarting her practice, the finances were poor. Meanwhile my mum fell ill things just nose dived till she too passed away and things were hell. I dont think the stereo was even turned on for those years.
I think I was about 14 when I sold the quad speakers & bought myself a SONY ORSON deck,amp & speakers while retaining my TT.
Whatever the set up the music I inherited was a balm. I almost never went to college and days were spent in music, sports & in bad Co. By the time I was about 16 I was way off the straight & narrow and my Dads sister took me with her to Oxford where she was a neuro as it was impossible for old grand parents to 'control' me.
Those 2 years in UK were an eye opener as far as HIFI learning goes. Was exposed to loads of electronics. Worked part time at the local HIFI dealer and the old man was too kind.
Returned to bbay with marantz electronics and B&W speakers (everything was bought pre owned) and a sane mind! Completed my education and started work (at a large Brokerage firm at the BSE that belonged to my dads dad)and my HIFI journey resumed once again. Maternal Grand parents(who I was living with) were able to support themselves and I spent most of my money on HIFI, music & cricket/tennis gear. Would hire records( from melody & Vibrations) all thru the week and copy them on tapes.
Times were good financially and I could buy three audio set ups and place them in all the rooms of my home. Had a huge collections of inherited LPs and my own tapes. Meanwhile was gifted a Sony CDP and a few CDs by my aunt. Music was such an addiction that there were days when the set up was played for over 12 hours. Was enamoured by good tapedecks and had a lovely three head technics machine & the matching amp & speaker. Capitol electronics became a second home as some gear of mine was always there for repair.
I never spent on the big names then & almost always bought stuff pre owned. Would buy all sorts of cables and try out the wierdest of tweaks in order to get better sound.
Saved up a bit and bought the B&W 804s with a Bryston 4BST and moved into my own home alongwith my wife. Grand parents had moved on and the old flat and all my gear was left behind for my cousins to enjoy.
Have almost all the music even today between these two homes (actually a few Godrej cupboards!!) though the gear has been changing ever so often. Apart from a few LPS that I have retained for sentimental reasons all the rest are given off to friends, relatives and I have really concentrated on Cds.
Whatever set up I had or the frame of mind that I was in MUSIC was/ is always a huge part of my life.
Just last evening I went over to an old parsi widowers home as it was Navroze and I had been putting it off for a while. The old man (86!!!) shocked me with his passion for music, his massive collection of LPS/CDS and the icing on th cake was him playing the violin for my wife & me.