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    Quote Originally Posted by hifi_dave View Post
    An attempt at getting the thread back on track.
    Aww... You can't beat some classic AoS thread drift, especially when the discussion becomes emotive, moves away from hi-fi, and into what *really* makes folks 'tick'!!

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    Well I was going to post the same a long time ago - but wasn't sure what constituted "high-end". A figure of 50K has been mentioned. Is that for a single source system? Are those current prices?

    At the moment 100% of my system comprises used gear, some of which is 45 years old. To date I have probably spent around 10K, so do I qualify (not that I really care)?
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    How much have you spent on fine wine, since you were old enough to buy it, compared with hi-fi?

    As for myself, I dread to think!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    Well I was going to post the same a long time ago - but wasn't sure what constituted "high-end". A figure of 50K has been mentioned. Is that for a single source system? Are those current prices?

    At the moment 100% of my system comprises used gear, some of which is 45 years old. To date I have probably spent around 10K, so do I qualify (not that I really care)?
    Relax, comrade. You will be safe from the tumbrils when Marco's Glorious Revolution begins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    You could just front them down. You go to e.g Starbucks and say either you pay full tax on the profits of your UK operations or you close them all down and don't trade in the UK at all. I'd bet they would not call the bluff. Not that it would be a bluff.
    See, I can sort of get Amazon or Google's tax-dodging, but what I can't get is tax dodging a-la Starbucks when you have significant bricks and mortar, with UK footfall! Shows how loose our laws really are, and more disturbingly props up this idea of "the City" - basically a tax haven thinly disguised.
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    A lot less than that! It is only within the last ten years or so, that I have happily spent 10 - 20 on a bottle of wine.

    But then some might spend 50K or more on a classic sports car, or a painting or a piece of sculpture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    A lot less than that! It is only within the last ten years or so, that I have happily spent 10 - 20 on a bottle of wine.
    Ah I see, I thought you'd been a 'wine-o' for rather longer... For me, it's more like the last 25 years... Could've had myself a lovely pair of TADs by now, instead of my ancient big 'ol wardrobes' - or maybe even a 'decent' CD player, in order to properly rubber-stamp my 'high-end audio' user credentials!

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    The 'high end' of my system is on the shelf. The 'low end' sits on the floor!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    Sound like we have an 'echo'.
    Lol
    Regards Neil

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