What do/did you do for a living?

With the increasingly high priced items people own and are selling, I'm curious about the line of work people do or have done. I thought my $5k integrated was a massive investment, but seeing users searching for $100k speakers or $75k SET amplifiers has me curious about the varying lines of work people do to afford these items. 

Just retired commercial artist. Working mostly with Disney the last 35 years. Freelance. I’ve painted for all the movie companies, VHS + DVD covers, movie posters, etc. If you’ve had kids, you’ve probably had my art on your shelves.

House in the woods paid off years ago. I always seem to be in the right place and time to find audiophile level equipment. I can’t imagine a system sounding better than what I’ve ended up with. It was just dumb luck how it came together. Total investment, around 25K for main system.

@jjss49 Yes. When I saw this I felt that I may have added to it. After a quick look it seems that it escaped me. So in correction....

I was a Researcher/Professor of Plant Breeding until I retired in 2006.  Became a  Audiogon member in 2011 as part of reuniting with this audio hobby.

Will now need to go back and revisit this thread.


I am a retired engineering geologist.  30 Years in foundation exploration, geotechnical instrumentation, groundwater clean up etc.  Worked another 10 years as a sub-surface geophysical tech doing ground penetrating radar, electrical resistivity surveys, some seismic work etc.  I have always been an audiophile even before I even knew what it meant.  Built my first system in the air force with a Knight kit tube amp, some home made speaker cabinets and a Thorens TD 101 tt I got at a pawn shop.  It has been uphill ever since as time and funds allowed.  Listen mainly to jazz and classical.