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  1. That is the right strategy - encourage counting until someone proves too good at it. I've known plenty of people who felt they could beat the house. None of them ever did - I'd hear "yea, I was up a few thousand... should have stopped" and I'd smile and think "and that's exactly how it's supposed to work".
  2. From 2001 to about 2012, I purchased DVD's seemingly every week. I must have 1,500-2,000. Seeing how lousy and limited streaming really is, I'm happy I have them.
  3. I have a pair of Martin Logan Motion 40's with a ribbon tweeter. Yea, they're good.
  4. I honestly don't know then - you have lots of options then. You'd get better advice on an audio forum. I would make an account at and ask there. You'll get all kinds of good advice about your entire system.
  5. This one seems to get decent reviews, and is pretty well thought of.
  6. The stylus is the actual "needle". The cartridge is the entire square thingee. I never replace the stylus, just the cartridge after 1,000 hours or so. Before you spend anything, of course make sure that any other source (CD, digital) doesn't have that same muddy bass. Also, make sure it's not the album - for example, side 4 of the "blue" beatles greatest hits is very bass heavy for some reason. At least on my system. But it's somewhat isolated to that. Lastly, make sure the cartridge is aligned properly. I'm horrible at this, and hate doing it. I use this cartridge.
  7. ok, let's talk American Factory. This is little rambling. Really sad and fascinating documentary that lays bare many problems that almost seem unfixable. On one hand, we have American workers who had a taste of the "glory days" good life when an average, semi-skilled worker could earn enough to live an above-average life. This has proven unsustainable in the long term, at least in Capitalism - we learned that paying above-average wages for average skills is not sustainable. That's a big reason a lot of these plants closed, and GM's pension obligation (essentially, paying workers who are no longer working) led to the need of a bailout. But to put a human face on it is sad. On the other side, we have the Chinese, who are unquestioning to the company, will work long hours in unsafe conditions for garbage wages because... wait, why do they do that? These people are clearly not happy. When you have to sing songs about how happy and joyous you are, guess what? You aren't either one. I felt as sad for the Chinese as I did the Americans, because these people are clearly so subdued and beaten down that they dare not question anything. So we mix these two into American Factory. The biggest takeaway I got was the unwillingness of either side to acknowledge their mistakes or grow. The Americans want to go back to modern union policies that long-term, end up by destroying companies because the numbers simply do not work, given our system of government and lifestyle. We don't want to change - we just want a $30 an hour job so we can take vacations and have weekend bbq's. And the Chinese executives want obedient slaves, like they have back home. And that doesn't work, either. I was a little creeped out on the visit to China. The military style "count off" (which was laughable when they tried to recreate it in America), and the "company song and dance" at the reception were bizarre. It was like an Amway meeting taken to astronomical extremes. Don't these people get tired of being told how happy they are? Or is fear of being taken away in the middle of the night still a thing (I guess it is?) And in all of this, automation looms. Eventually, we won't need any of these people. What then? No good answers - only more questions. And problems that seem unfixable. Great movie. (and yes, do NOT wear a "Jaws" shirt to a big meeting. Wow, did that stand out, as did the "fat" Americans.)
  8. Has keyboards. But not disco. Not rock. And not country. It sounded "new". That should clear it up!
  9. I'm late again and haven't yet watched AF, but I will comment on TLBMISF in this regard. I watched this a few nights before the SB, and really liked it (nice film work and use of the city), but then after the SB and seeing in my FB feed the negative reaction to the halftime show by (essentially) white men, it made me think of change and how we react to it. Is the reaction to the haltime show just a larger version of gentrification, as it's fundamentally that same feeling of "this isn't the place I grew up in"? - it's just projected on a larger scale (which then takes a somewhat ugly turn into racism.) That's a question I can't answer, but I do think the parallel is interesting. The movie also made me feel a little insightful, in that my mom just moved out of our childhood home. She was there 48 years. So now, I have no reason to ever really visit the old neighborhood again. I walked it last year, and looked at the places I played 45 years ago. The one empty lot that we made all kinds of jumps for our bikes was still empty, but long overgrown. I braved the ticks and such and found the "big jump" my friends and I spent a week making - it's still there. There are maybe 15 guys on this planet who know about that thing. It made me a little wistful, but also happy that I had the experience. I didn't feel loss, or want to reclaim it - just grateful that, so far, life has been pretty good to me. Change is inevitable, whether it's the old neighborhood not being what it was, friends moving on, etc. It's how we view it that's different. Some of us see it as loss, and want to go back/preserve it, and some of us accept it and move forward. Not sure either is fully right. Really good movies make us think. This one did just that for me.
  10. Those are some decent older B&W's. I have a pair of larger B&W bookshelves (602's) - they were my first decent pair of speakers. I still use them for the garage system. good forums for audio is - they lean slightly vintage there, so there's plenty of people with good info.
  11. nah, I wouldn't spend that on it. Cartridges... I'd stick w/ the red for now. See how it sounds / how you like it. Much like whiskey, there's a point of diminishing returns as you go up the price ladder in audio gear. You can really go nuts with anti vibration stuff, better cables, etc. Does it all sound better? Probably. How much better is debatable. What speakers do you have? I have found those make the biggest difference in sound.
  12. It looks like the biggest differences are: 1) Acrylic platter 2) 33/45 switch (instead of having to move the belt). If you are never going to play 45's, I would just upgrade the platter of the DC at some point. The acrylic is nice (and nice looking too). did you get the red or blue cartridge?
  13. This is EVERYTHING. The logistics and such can evolve over time. You can hire out for a ton of stuff. But to actually make money on your own? That's something truly special. Because most people simply can't. I use a whiteboard and a paper pad for tracking projects. My middle-manager friend teased me about it. But he was sure to add "hey, it works for you, so have at it". Because he knows I make as much as he does, without leaving my house and answering to nobody in particular.
  14. Funny - I'm 53 and have been smoking for close 40 years, and calling it flower the last year or two just sort of happened naturally. It makes sense to me.