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Old 01-12-2016, 05:55 PM
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Is there still anybody out there so hopelessly romantic to truly believe that this hobby could be ANYTHING BUT a complete sausage-fest, just like A/V clubs, R/C vehicles, miniature modelling, electronics, etc.?
I wasn't going to go there but I was hoping against the "sausage fest" thing!
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Old 01-13-2016, 06:30 AM
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When I was around 14 I joined my school's radio club where we could do our own reports and shows. I think we were two or three boys and two girls. The boys mostly used the Studer A80s, the girls never got their heads around even threading tape and almost immediately switched to digital editing. I might have had a lot to with the decision for analogue though ;)
Getting used to threading tape on a pro deck was merely a matter of seconds having practiced threading on home recorders since the age of 6. Those two were rather stereotypically girlish though, it's a social issue, not a biological one. I don't doubt there were as many boys in that school who would've been equally stumped.
Old 01-13-2016, 08:44 PM
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Not quite the same thing, but my lovely wife (who for the most part utterly HATES listening to any of our band mixes) has truly got 'golden ears.' Like, I A/B'ed a late-early pressing of U2's "Boy" right next to an early second gen. pressing, and she was like "wow, that bass drum sure sounds a lot meatier in the upper mids." She realized before I did that we'd need Bowie's Blackstar on both CD and vinyl.

I'm sure she could fuss over the gear, but she'd way rather let me do that. I'm a lucky guy.
Old 01-13-2016, 09:11 PM
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My other half has tin ears and refers to my tape equipment as "outdated junk". I've offered to upgrade her car stereo but she says no, her aging stock system sounds fine. At home she doesn't listen to music. There are other interests we share like working on cars but when it comes to audio, we're on other sides of the spectrum.
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Old 01-13-2016, 09:50 PM
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Man, if she'll work on cars with you, don't complain. Tiny hands and dainty fingers can make big problems into small ones, especially if header clearance is an issue.

Originally Posted by mopar300m View Post
My other half has tin ears and refers to my tape equipment as "outdated junk". I've offered to upgrade her car stereo but she says no, her aging stock system sounds fine. At home she doesn't listen to music. There are other interests we share like working on cars but when it comes to audio, we're on other sides of the spectrum.
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Old 01-14-2016, 04:11 AM
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Oh man, a gal that can help with cars

My GF has a RTR and uses it, sometimes I do have to go bail her out,,,,
Old 01-14-2016, 07:11 AM
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My other half has tin ears and refers to my tape equipment as "outdated junk".
Just before Christmas 3 of my children paid me a visit and asked me if I had any Christmas music to play, I told them I had some on cassette somewhere."No" they said and put my TV on and selected a 24 hour music channel that was playing Christmas hits. 5 minutes later I was in the kitchen and my daughter shouted "Dad there is a phone call for you and it's from the 1980s and they want their cassettes back" They all fell about laughing.

Back on topic.....I never remember ever seeing a female audio sales assistant either in the golden years, white goods yes but the HI-FI gear never.
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Old 01-14-2016, 08:23 AM
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How many impressed by quality sound?

No, I don't know any that are into reel to reels or audio equipment, but I'll bet we have impressed a few over the years with the great sounds from our equipment. Thread a reel to reel tape on a regular basis, though....naaaa.
Old 01-14-2016, 08:29 AM
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Kin who get into reel to reels?

How many of us have kids or relatives who have gotten into our hobby enough to want to keep our equipment working when we are no longer here? Most can not thread a tape or even know which combination of buttons to push to even make sound come out of our stereo systems, I'll bet.
Old 01-14-2016, 08:42 AM
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My old lady flips every time i even look at gear I "may" want one day when things settle down in our lives.

Then again this is the same woman who listens to the same music and performers that our 16 and 18 year old daughters do.

She keeps telling me to come out of the past. I keep asking her why she keep s betraying hers..just listing to the car radio can be a real shit show.

She wasn't always like this, but my gear collection got so big it took a 18 foot u haul to transport it all to storage when we lost the house.

That was July 2014 and it's cost 140$ a month every month since. She's pissed my gear has a place too live and I dont. I told her at 50 I'd never have time to replace it all again and I've gotten rid of everything extraneous already.

Meanwhile she lives with relatives and has more useless shit than a constipated cow.

It's biology pure and simple, women just don't get male hobbys.

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Old 01-14-2016, 08:57 AM
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Blind guy beats them all!

To add somewhat to the post below about the audio crew at school, I went to college in Boston in the late sixties,and majored at first in radio production. There was a guy in my class that was blind. As part of our final exam, we had to back cue a record on a turntable, then start the record at full speed within so many seconds. I'll never forget the first time Ken Myers sat down at the turntable, couldn't see what he was doing, scratched the heck out of the record, and the tonearm went flying. One of the jack ass guys behind me starting laughing loudly. The joke was on him in the long run, as not only did Ken eventually hold the school record for cueing up a record the fastest, he was one of the few of us who spent their lives in broadcasting....Ken with his own talk show on a major radio station in Boston! We attended a junior college. During orientation, the dean of the broadcasting school held a meeting . He said "look to your right, then look to your left...within one year, one of you will be gone(dropped out or transferred to a different program). By the end of the second year, the second will be gone!
Of the three of you, only one will graduate from the program, and of those who do, less than 10% will spend their lives in broadcasting. Talk about a wake up call speech! Ken was one of them.
Old 01-14-2016, 08:57 AM
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I've gotten a whole slew of gals into vinyl, and I mean actually into it, not just buying Crosley Record-Ruiners and listing to Hipster tunes, but, I've never met one who cared about Reel to Reel at all. I guess all the big, precise, mechanical charm of a R2R with 10.5" reels whipping around at 15 IPS is just a very male fascination.
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Old 01-15-2016, 08:57 AM
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My mom owns a RTR (Grundig TK 145, typical basic 1/4-track mono 3 3/4 single-motor affair) and I don't doubt she's perfectly able to thread a tape but she's just too busy to do it - all her daily music needs are fulfilled by her 1966 Blaupunkt portable FM radio. Point is she was around when RTR was new and she got one as a teen. Later, like most people, she moved on to cassette because it was a lot cheaper and took up less storage space but wouldn't have dreamed of getting rid of what she had - my family isn't like that.

My dad briefly considered getting a RTR in the early 60s but then chose portability over quality and bought a brand-new Philips EL-3300 the year it was introduced. Used that well into the 70s until it broke and never regretted the decision. In 1969 that thing travelled all the way to India, Pakistan and Afghanistan in a Volkswagen van with three students of chemistry doing a study on radioactive fallout after bomb tests.
Old 01-15-2016, 10:49 AM
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I don't know any.

Back when I was a single man living in an apartment complex , I had a female friend that loved music and enjoyed many types of music. We would take turns going over to each others apartment and listening to music. It slowly evolved into her always coming to my apartment because I had better stereo gear than she did.

At the time, that consisted of a Pioneer SA-9100, TX-9100, JBL L-100s, Pioneer RT-1020H and a Garrard Zero 100 TT with a Shure V-15 Type II. I was OK with that, as she would bring drinks or snacks. We were just friends and it was always a good, relaxed time. She was an Engineer for Dupont and eventually was transferred to another location.

Over the years I dated several ladies that really enjoyed listening to my stereo, but none that ever had an interest in the equipment, just the sound.

When I was in college and worked at the stereo store, I occasionally sold stereo gear to a couple, but rarely if ever to a woman unless she was purchasing it for her boyfriend, husband or son.
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Old 02-17-2017, 09:06 AM
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There should be.

Women, stereotypically, have better hearing than men, so you think there would be more of them here.

I met a few when I was working at Laserworld (a laserdisc video rental store. Yes, all LD, no VHS. Obviously, no longer open.) as they also had some higher-end audio components to reproduce the Digital Sound bitstream. Most of the women were older (teenage kids or retired) nobody pushing around strollers. Too busy with that, I suppose.

We had some demo music playing In the store and one frequent female customer came in, paused, walked closer to the speaker an said: "You know what a really good reference to a good speaker is? It doesn't get louder as you get closer to it." I've heard a few thousand-dollar speakers do that at shows, so yeah. Some are quite hip to the scene.

But unfortunately, I believe audio is just like cars: "Oh, I let my husband worry about those things... " I heard a lot of women say that too. Ok, feel free to report, ban, or delete my flagrant post now...
Old 02-17-2017, 10:34 AM
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Musician Shelby Lynn is big on RTR and analogue.
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Old 02-18-2017, 08:15 AM
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Well, there is this gal on YouTube. I don't agree with everything she does but she is doing OK. I don't think she is on this forum though.
Old 02-18-2017, 08:34 AM
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Maybe we could get more females if we put Doilies on the decks or made dust cover with them.
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Old 02-18-2017, 08:49 AM
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Luckily, it was my WIFE who really wanted a turntable. She even looked at reels locally with out me knowing cause she knew I had always wanted one.

I'm pretty blessed to have her - frankly, Sawtooth isn't as handsome or charming as my posts and avatar might lead one to believe.

It is strange to me how she loves the music, but doesn't listen critically at all. Transistor or tube... sounds the same to her!
Old 02-18-2017, 10:37 AM
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As with my boys, I sent my daughter off to college with a system that included a deck (an RT-707) and a handful of tapes we recorded together. Keeping it going.

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