Usless but interesting many of you old timers started with original Large Advents?

It was actually my second "real" system...but it is simply historic how many people that love great audio systems and the music they allowed us to enjoy started or at one time owned the original Large Advents.  If there is to be a list of the most influential audio products of all time, the Large Advent would be at or near the top.  I guess another interesting question would be how many sets of these Large Advents are still in use.  My brother in law and my sister still have a set of Small Advents in use in their den. 
My Mother was listening to very bad radios and a stereo from Mongomery Ward.  I purchased her a KLH compact unit (either 20 or 24 model) and it proved to me that if exposed to better sound, most could hear the difference.  I also put up a mast with a great antenna and she could get many stations clearly.  In the final years of her life I believe the system gave her much pleasure.  Because of her age and heritage she enjoyed "big band" music and I treated her to a live performance in her later years.
I had some crappy speakers when I was playing around with crappy radios as a kid, and then I actually built a pair of crappy speakers. But when I was a sophomore or junior in high school circa '73-'74, I bought a Pioneer SA amp and a pair of Large Furniture Advents.  They are sitting next to me on the floor of my family room as I type.

About 15 years ago when my son finally vacated the basement and I turned it into a man cave/home theater, I went a little nuts and acquired stacked advents on the left and right, a pair for the center, a pair for the side and a pair for the rear. I've had professional musicians tell me it's a killer setup. I also bought a pair for my daughter and came across a beautiful pair for my living room. Like I said, I went a little nuts. This was all before price inflation set in and prices are double what they were new for speakers that need surrounds.

I have over the years listened to other speakers of course. Each time it seemed I would have to spend many multiples to get anything that sounded as good.

And go easy on that Old Timer talk. "Well into middle age" is the preferred nomenclature.
I started with the Large Advents in the 70,s before moving on to the Spendor BC1s after approx. 5 years. After that followed Acoustats, Shahinian Obelisks, Dynaudio Contours and finally to my current speakers, Martin Logan Vantages, about 10 years ago. The latter speakers are keepers.
My first set of speakers way back in time.  When I moved out of home, after college, my dad wouldn't let me take with me.  They sounded so good with his old Grundig reel to reel.

My younger brother has them now and still uses them.