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How long do good speakers last?
My pair of H. H. Scott "bookshelf" speakers from 1967 still sound great for their vintage despite moving across the continent and back, among other travels. They still look good as well. 
Biggest "bang for the buck" audio gear you have owned(in your history)?
Schiit Vali 2+ $150Incredible value, and I like it a lot. 
BIC Venturi fans?
BIC Formula 1s were my very first "real" speakers. I bought a line demo pair from Sam Goody's on Chestnut Street in Center City Philadelphia for $70 hard-earned paper route bucks sometime in '73. The venturi loaded mid/woof and the compression hor... 
Great musicians who should have been famous except....
Thought I'd throw a few great, highly distinctive but underappreciated guitarists into the mix:Sandy BullTal FarlowLenny BreauDanny KalbPaul KossoffHilton Valentine 
1973: The genesis point of my audiophile odyssey. Started with a Panasonic receiver with a fish eye tuning dial and plastic, trapezoidal single driver speakers. Also, had a BSR changer (4800?) with a ceramic cartridge. This system was a ubiquitous... 
Looking for great jazz guitar recordings - any recommendations?
Darkness, Darkness by Phil Upchurch--a stone cold classic 
Your favorite male soul voices
John Boutte 
Bettye Lavette
Few artists of any genre have Bettye Lavette's ability to redefine the meaning of songs that have long been fixtures of our consciousness. While she has done this for me several times, her reworking of Elton John's and Bernie Taupin's "Talking Old... 
Anyone else a big fan of Norman Grantz' Pablo Label form the 70's/80's
The pinnacle of the Pablo label for me is Joe Pass' Virtuoso. My cousin, a phenomenal guitar player in his own right played the record for me in the summer of 1976 when we had a landscaping business together. We played the record so many times tha... 
exceptional voices of female singers (non-classical)
Ellen McIlwaine blows my mind: 
The longest you have owned any gear?
Some pieces open the door to the music--regardless of their vintage. My 39 year old Nakamichi 600 II is one. Properly tuned, it plays music very compellingly.  
Best Acoustic Guitar Players Of All Time?
Lanny BreauSandy BullMississippi Fred McDowell 
Sarah Vaughan....Best Performances and Recordings
"No Count Sarah" was an album she cut with the Count Basie Orchestra (w/another pianist) that had a lot of great music. Jazz standards like "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and "Just One of Those Things" receive strong treatment. But, the cuts that make ... 
Best Debut Albums
Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood MacOscar Brown Jr. - Sin and SoulJanis Joplin - Cheap ThrillsThelonious Monk - Genius of Modern MusicThe Band - Music from Big Pink 
Martin Logan CLS vs. ReQuest
Had every incarnation of CLSes and subs over the course of 15 years, and enjoyed them immensely. They are as others have indicated, highly revelatory, especially with small scale music. I have never encountered a better speaker system for reproduc...