Impressing friends with your rig


I don't have any friends into hi-fi so it was a rare occasion when I had a musician friend over who loves music but has no clue about "stereos" or formats or equipment AND who wanted to hear the system.

First off, they were very impressed with the fact that some of my gear is vintage. That the slate plinth weighs 70 pounds, and that the table, speakers and amps are over 50 years old. They were intrigued by the tubes, blown away that a 6SN& could cost $150, and stunned that the cartridge replacement cost was around $2000.

After showing and explaining the equipment, I demoed a few tracks on some 60s analog vinyl. It was pretty cool to watch their reaction when the needle dropped. Live jazz with lead trumpet, female blues vocals - you know the drill!

All they could say was how real it sounded, how they’d never heard anything like it. It was also one of those days when the rig sounded really good.
What experiences have you had like this?


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I don't get to show my system off very often.Most visitors are content with background music.One exception was the father of one of my son's school mates who also happened to make his living in his younger days as a rock musician.He noticed the equipment and asked to hear something.He was astounded, literally.He declared it was the best system EVER and nothing could be had that could better it(hahahaha!)Right.Whenever I run into him or his wife they always mention that evening.
@jtcf Tektons look great on those stands.

@abucktwoeighty That's got to be RI!
My audiophile friends love the system. My non-audiophile friends think I’m bat-s*it crazy. My kids and grandkids have removed all doubt .... they know for sure that I'm nutz. 

Frank
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@elizabeth - I have avantgarde's and exactly the same reaction - "they must play loud". So I always start with something soft :-)
@tpreaves - I've also built a stereo for my tastes and needs - I find that I need music in my life. But I love sharing it too, and am lucky enough to have a small number of good friends, male and female, who have a passion for music and enjoy coming around for an afternoon and a beer. Even better if they bring some new vinyl.

But most of my non-audiophile friends see my stereo as a bit of an indulgence, and don't really get it. They are intrigued to start, but rarely hear what I hear. In my experience it takes a certain sort of person who can sit in front of two speakers, close their eyes and allow themselves to be transported. Most are quickly bored, fidget for a while, and eventually need to start a conservation. So I've stopped offering to turn on my gear for most of my family and friends, and for casual acquaintances - only if they ask. Each to his or her own.