A week it trashing audio.
I finished with my client with wish I worked for a while, the contract with a new client kicks in 2 weeks and this week I do not work. Well sort of. This week is a big project on my aim – to reconcile the value of my audio leftovers.
We leave in moderate house but generally we have no space issues. Amy would like to have a few more 5000 sq feet walk in closets but it is rather a perpetual state of mind then a practical desire. We have around 1770 sq feet basement. The basement, like all basements is stuffed with unused household items and… with huge amount of audio elements that are leftovers from my time when I actively did audio design and experimentations. This week, I need to reconcile the value of those leftovers and preferably get rid of the things that I feel I will not use. This is very much not Amy request – she is surprisingly accommodating. I just feel it is the time to do it in my life as I have too much even for myself. Not the last factor that Amy will be moving to Boston Hospital soon and we will be giving up pout NH apartment, so naturaly a ton of new household items will be moving to out basement – we need some extra space.
I do not think that my active audio design times are gone, even if I sound this way sometimes. I have continuing interest in audio and just last week I invented a new topology (!!!) of SET amplifier, sort of a very new revolutionary way to driver DT power triodes. I very much feel that sometimes I will return to my audio experiments. For now I do nothing in audio but juts playing audio – in fact it is how it shall be but I do like the active design phase as well and will be back to it. So, naturally I would like very much to keep my work bench, my large collection of drivers, all imaginary components, testing equipment and etc. The question I ask myself is how much all of it I need? Do I need 6 oscilloscopes, 4 generators, 5 tube testers, 44 drivers of the same type (yes I do have as much 10” Scanspeaks woofer), hundreds of the tube that I know I never will use and many more things? Sure I have my fantasies that sometime we might move and I might want to build a new large ULF bass array and perhaps to employ my 6 Aura 18 drivers or 8 Altec 15G. Something however strike me in this as non intelligent – if I need anything then I will get anything – why do I need to herd all it if I am sure I will not use it. The driver and tube are still kind of civilized things. How about over 150 power transformers or over 50 computer-grade large capacitors?
Anyhow, this week is a big cleaning week when I will be trashing a lot of things that I feel I do not need anymore. For sure I will keep the things that I value but frankly I have a LOT of disposable stuff. I also will be compacting storage. For instant we have sauna and I figure out that it would not hurt if under the benches of the sauna I will be storing tube. Just for Milq have over 200 6C33C and 750 5E5P, do you think 200 degree of sauna will hurt them? It is not to mention that under the bencher it is way cooler.
Anyhow, it is a big cleansing week. If I live in more audio-heavy neighborhood I might did some audio garage sale, it might be even fun. Fortunately I have a different definition of audio fun….
"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche