Informal polls are probably the distant cousins of Tracey's "nosy surveys."
I might have mentioned a while back that my stereo is on its way out. First, the tape decks went, which really sucks because I have a ton of tapes, many of which were made by my late friend J when we were in high school and college. (Yes, at some point I will be getting a digital converter but that's a ways off.) Then, the remote conked out. A lot of the good functions--CD shuffle, sleep, I can't even remember the rest anymore--were on the remote, so they were lost. Basically, to operate it I have to open the TV stand door, and leave it open. And then bump into the door a million times because it's glass. . . or shoo the cat out of the stand. So warm and cavernous.
It's been at the top of my wish list to replace the stereo. There was an impromptu training for my side job this morning, and I noticed on my way that I was passing by the electronics store where my parents bought their TV (and mine). On the way home, I stopped in to check out the audio.
Did I ever luck out--the first salesperson to say hi to me turned out to be a huge audiophile. Thousands of dollars of audio equipment in his collection, including a top-of-the-line turntable. This guy was serious about music. So I told him my predicament, and that in light of the fact that there aren't many mini-systems with tape decks and/or with the capacity to play more than one CD, or even mini-systems in general, I was contemplating building my own system. He showed me some options.
Definitely I will get what I want if I build my own system. But at what cost?
Receiver--this one, I think, he showed me on the computer. $250.
CD carousel--6 discs--I currently have 3. $220.
Cassette decks--there's only one--surprise! $200.
I can use my current speakers--saves money, I guess. He told me that if a receiver's good, it can make even junky speakers sound amazing. Mine, believe it or not, aren't too junky.
The setback is that he had every component except the receiver in stock. I took his business card and said I had some thinking to do.
I didn't mention I had polling to do. So. . . about $700 when all is said and done. What do you think?
I know I fret about money, but I'll have some money left from my tax refund(s) after paying for my new brakes, and I've been stashing away some of the money from singing. These pieces are good quality and should last. I take good care of my stuff. I've had my Phillips minisystem for about eight years now (well, seven good ones, anyway) so these could go the same or longer. There really aren't that many options out there.
Should I do it?
Or should I keep looking, even though there aren't that many places left to look?