A lot of people don’t get the turntable guy. He rambles on about the esoteric minutia of RIAA curves, output impedance, upgraded record mats and a million other things that most people can’t possibly fathom making a difference. Not content with just enjoying some tunes, he is THAT GUY. That guy who is chasing the perfect experience, some state of hi-fi nirvana. He is a lot like the gear-head: the men and women who modify the air intake on the engine for more horse power or buy a fancy tire because it makes the car handle better in the corners. The gear-head and the turntable guy, oddly enough, don’t always get one another. The automobile and the record player have a lot more in common than what most people think- just like the gear-head and the turntable guy.
Both the automobile and the phonograph, as it was then known, trace their origin to the late 1800’s. Both would see production and importance grow rapidly. By the 1920’s what was becoming known as record players and cars were seeing new waves of customers as the prices of production began to fall and the availability grew. No longer were these exotic machines with commercial and industrial uses. Cars not only served a purpose in everyday life, but would become status symbols as well. The luxury market embraced both automobiles and home entertainment. Soon these items became virtual necessities.
Skip ahead to the 1960’s or 70’s and no urban home could do without a car or a turntable. Only a few generations before these inventions were little more than tools of industry. Now children were growing up with the dreams of owning their first car and getting their own turntable in their bedroom. Along with these dreams were born fanboys: people who could not get enough time to listen to their favorite records, constantly chasing the most life-like experience or tweaking out the performance of their muscle cars to get the most out of their ride. Just as the gear head thought he was racing in the Indianapolis 500, the turntable guy dreamed of conducting the Indianapolis Symphony. Just one more trip to Hi-Fi Buys (http://www.ovation-av.com/category.jhtm?cid=284) or Nappa would get them so much closer!
So as history has played out, the car guy and the turntable guy are not that different. They are often of the same generation, and even of the same personality type. So what if some hung at the Vogue (thevogue.com/) while the others were down the street at the Tee Pee (answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061008191041AAtweBC)? Everyone has a hobby. If you have read this far, you are probably a turntable guy. Or a car guy. Only you can write the end of the story.