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    Join Date: Dec 2018

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    Sorry to ask but what happened to Alex? Been a while since he's last posted on here.

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    Join Date: Feb 2011

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    He's just moved on Shane, busy with family and stuff. I'm in touch occasionally, so he's doing well just has different priorities in life
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    Quite enjoyed reading some his content over the years, always great fun! Good to hear Alex is OK.

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    Yes, Alex now has different, but more important priorities in his life now.

    Good to learn that he is keeping well.
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    Something I need to consider doing now with 2-young 'uns. I wouldn't disappear, just visit the forum less often and stick with what I have gear wise.

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    depends on your circumstances and outlook, but no reason why both cannot co-exist happily. Think Alex had other interests he wanted to pursue more than audio, thus he dropped out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    depends on your circumstances and outlook, but no reason why both cannot co-exist happily. Think Alex had other interests he wanted to pursue more than audio, thus he dropped out.
    Indeed... In reference to that, I've never understood either why the arrival of a baby should *automatically* mean one moving all of one's hi-fi equipment into a spare room/putting it into storage - or worse - selling the lot!!??

    Folks panic way too much.......

    Surely it's more advantageous in the long term to integrate a baby into its new environment, and TRAIN it to become accustomed to the contents? If we'd ever had kids, that's what we'd have done, as there'd be NO WAY I'd have got rid of all my gear (or music collection), or turned the house upside down like that, simply to accommodate a kid

    It would come into the house getting used to what's already there, and like it - and while I'm at it, if I were single, the SAME would apply to any newly acquired wives or girlfriends!!

    In terms of Alex, he's much missed, but things change and folks move on. It's what happens in life, and as much as we don't like change, it's impossible to expect things to stay the same forever.... I'm sure that Alex is happy doing what he's doing now, and I wish him all the best for the future

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    Having children changes everything. Apart from anything else, you get little or no sleep for several months. You eventually also need a room for the little blighter(s), and your disposable income plummets to zero or less as either a) you lose one income or b) you pay out shedloads for childcare. So even if you don't sell all your hifi, or put it all in storage, you won't be listening to it, or adding new bits to it, for quite a while.

    We met our new grand-niece yesterday; one month old and cute as anything, but her parents are beginning to realise just how big an impact one tiny person can have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe View Post
    Having children changes everything. Apart from anything else, you get little or no sleep for several months. You eventually also need a room for the little blighter(s), and your disposable income plummets to zero or less as either a) you lose one income or b) you pay out shedloads for childcare. So even if you don't sell all your hifi, or put it all in storage, you won't be listening to it, or adding new bits to it, for quite a while.

    We met our new grand-niece yesterday; one month old and cute as anything, but her parents are beginning to realise just how big an impact one tiny person can have.
    Firstly, congrats on your new grand-niece. I wish her a long, healthy and happy life

    I don't doubt that having children completely changes your life, in many ways, some of which you describe. However, I still don't buy the notion that it *needs* to involve selling and/or temporarily disposing of the things that you REALLY love and value, and which existed long before 'baby' arrived.

    Like Grant says, it depends on your circumstances and outlook. If we'd had kids, I can assure you that the hi-fi system, all the ornaments/antiques (handed down from relatives), music collection and everything else in our house that meant something to us, would still have remained (child care wouldn't have been an issue either, as that's what grandparents are for), and we'd have trained the 'new arrival' to get used to and (eventually) respect its surroundings.

    It can be done, as one of my close friends, who builds amplifiers and repairs valve guitar amps for musicians, and is a member of this forum (you may guess whom I'm referring to), has a (now) 4-year old little girl, and the contents of his house haven't changed one iota, other than his lounge now being full of toys!

    However, his music room, containing valve monoblocks, big Tannoys, etc, and even banks of Marshall guitar amps, remains intact... In fact, I've got a great picture of his female partner in said room, along with his daughter, with the little one smiling and sitting on top of said Marshall amps, taken only a couple of years ago! I'd post it, as it would demonstrate my point nicely, but not without his permission first.

    He solved the problem by having a sliding partition, separating the lounge from his music room, so when the baby/toddler was about, he simply shut the doors to his music room, to isolate both his equipment and daughter from any danger. Simples! As they say: 'where there's a will, there's a way....'

    And I have other hi-fi/music-loving friends with kids, and also shedloads of grandkids, who somehow managed to cope without 'selling up'. It just depends on your circumstances and how willing and/or able you are to make it all work.

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    Moved into my house, (very modest three bed) when my daughter was 15months old, 18 years ago, second daughter came along 4 years later.

    House is small but music is an intergral part of my life and the set up I had then went in the corner of the back room.

    Have been many changes to the set up over those years but it's always remained in that same corner.

    The kids, as they were then have grown around it, with it, no issues, no probs.

    Music / system always been a part of my life and my wife knew that even before we became an item.

    It would not be going anywhere, kids or no kids
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    Amplification - Sansui AU-alpha 707 DR
    Turntable - Imminent........
    CDP - Pioneer PD-91
    Speakers - Spendor D7 on Soundcare SuperSpikes
    QED Silver Spiral speaker cable - airloc banana plugs
    Mains - Ultra Pure silver plated un-switched socket, Missing link EPS 500 silver plated plugs with Hi-Fi Tuning gold plated silver ceramic 13 amp fuses

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