You are bad!
We will have to agree to disagree about the Crack. You really are painting the Crack in an unfairly poor light. I suspect you have never owned one yourself? They come together quite easily and have a large forum of support to get novices over the few hiccups that a beginner might encounter. Overall, it is a fun amp to built and it does sound very good.
I had a Heathkit amp when I was a kid - my dad made it for me for my birthday. I had one of those Radio Shack 150-in-1 kits as well...
We all have our priorities Stan and decide what to spend our money on. I have no problem with people who spend thoudands of dollars on audio gear - I did it myself during the 80's with my stereo then 20 years later with my home theater.
The only "problem" I see around here is an appaent abundance of younger people buying expensive gear with money they dont have when they should be putting it into an IRA instead. Oh, and listening too loud too often.
But I try not to judge because I made foolish choices too when I was just starting out.
Ah, to be young and foolish once again.