I watched the Christmas lecture, given by this lady:
She's right, of course. I remember, when I was younger, everyone along the street used to bring me their record-players, tape decks, wirelesses (as they were known, back then) and all manner of things, for me to repair.
But, there are a couple of problems, with that, now. Often (Mostly?), it's actually cheaper to buy a new one. Plus, of course, today's stuff is all digital and sealed-unit stuff, which is impossible to repair without a load of specialist tools.
Pity. I have an old Sony "Tapecorder" (An open-rell tape-deck), which is almost as ancient as I am and the thing still works as well as it ever did. But, of course, I've repaired it loads of times. Believe it, or not, I can still get some bits, for that, from Sony UK.
People never used to buy a new TV, when it died, coz the local repair man could usually sort it out, in a couple of days, at the most.
How long before we run out of the "rare Earth" elements, that current technology is using-up and ditching, too? Often, just because it isn't the latest "thing"?
How come mobile device recycling isn't big?
I have to say that I quite despair of the current "throwaway" culture. My computers are all second-hand, or built from other people's throw-aways and I'm, actually, quite proud of that.
Yes. There was a shop in a nearby town which used to fix things and they went out of business because people stopped wanting to fix things.
I, too still have a couple of old reel to reel decks. One (A Sony TC630) needs new belts, rollers and heads, but I am still to throw it away (I've
had it for nearly 50 years.) and the other, a Thorn which takes pride of place in the lounge room, hasn't been powered up for a couple of years,
We do live in a throw away world, even cars are almost not worth repairing once they've gotten a few years old.
You might get lucky, if you contact Sony, Leigh.
I sent them a mail, yesterday. Apparently, they till have some bits in stock, for old machines, like ours.
You never know....
Our friend's ex was a TV repair man. Inherited the business from his father. No work at all. Apart from retuning teles for old people.
Hi End electronics are not often thrown away. The majority of those pieces are resold. It's the mainstream consumer products that have development
a throwaway culture - and for good reason. The cheaper the product, the less purpose to repair when the damage has totaled the device.
You don't find Klipsch, Bowers & Wilkins, or Velodyne speakers in the garbage. You don't see McIntosh amps thrown away. You don't see Technics turntables in a bin, or a Sony ES CD player tossed. Rarely do people who build their own computers pitch them. Pioneer Kuro TV's never get thrown out. The throw away culture I am convinced is limited exclusively to the things that people aren't educated on, and the cheap consumer market.
i.e. Bose, Sanyo, Vizio, Apex, Vivitech, RCA, and GE. Not to mention all the off brands and white-van brands out there.
ETA: I have fixed Kenwood amps, refinished damaged Klipsch and JBL speaker cabinets, replaced capacitors on amp boards, rebuilt computers, rebuilt CD players, fixed turntable rotors, built speakers, and built crossovers. This professor I certainly hope is not speaking of my particular generation, because he'd be wrong. There are a lot of people my age who have done the same.
She does say it's the younger generation.
I, too, still repair some things, coz I'm ancient and the "Make do and mend" philosophy is still strong, for me. I even stand old sauce bottles over new ones, to get the last drops out, still. Sadly, my tenosynovitis prevents me doing more, with regard to repairs.
The thing that gets me, is the current lust, almost, to have the latest device, even though there's squat wrong with their current one, just to keep up with the Joneses, as it were.
The old one? 99% of them just get binned. I only throw things away when they really are totally buggered, even now.
I have three old laptops sitting in a cupboard that just died over the last 4 years. Mostly battery/charging issues. The charger was £89 for one of them and the internal battery for another was similarly priced. When you factor in that it might not be the only problem, people go for new.
You are correct, Chrno. Sadly, people seem to think that MP3 is the highest form of Audio. That said, with my hearing, it is....
I'm with you there, I still have a lot of my old vinyl and an old Dual turntable, again, it's more than a couple of years since I've used those. My main observation would be that amplifiers and enclosures seem to have improved whilst the "old" recording technology seems to have gone by the by. Flac, whilst the best of a bad lot is, IIRC, still a digital mechanism where analogue can record the original with the associated harmonics that tend to get lost in the digital age. The only thing I don't miss, is the hiss and pop of older media.
Good points, Chrno. However, I am amazed (loose term here) at the quality of sound produced by some of the bookshelf speakers compared with the larger
units of my youth.
That said, if someone were to offer me a set of old Klipsch units, I will fall over myself getting them before they changed their mind.
Exactly! I am well aware of placement and design. It's a pity that most, myself included do not have the money, or space to set up a decent listening
I suffer from Tinitus, but not as a result of poor listening habits, I've had it ever since a drunk parked on top of me at 100Kph. Not much I can do about that, sadly.
Vinyl, actually, has a wider dynamic range than CDs do. If you have a good turntable and the record's not scratched, it'll sound better than a
I remember having a conversation, about that, in my old house.
To stop the bickering, I put both a CD and a record on, at the same time. Both being The Dark Side Of The Moon.
I kept fading, between the two, asking them to decide which sounded better.
When they'd all decided "That one!", I simply lifted the stylus from the record and, of course, the sound stopped.
Their faces were pictures.
I love it Katzy!!!