Originally Posted by mironathetin
I would not sign that.
Isn't it much more rewarding to listen to music after a long adjustment and tweaking session? Makes the listener much prouder of his work compared to only streaming something from the cloud.
Convenience is - well convenient - but also boring.
I'd state that most parts of this whole forum is about the pleasure you get from tweaking and enjoying its results. Although most of the time, tweaking in the head-fi sense is buying new and carefully selected stuff, maybe changing tubes. In your sense it is using your hands, ears and instruments (tools) to get there. Thats different but even more rewarding than just shelling out money.
I DO subscribe to the approach you advocate here. For 30 + years - and if lucky, something good might be around the corner after all these years of "carefully selecting stuff, studying electronic components, measuring phono gear, etc,etc, atc, etc etc, ..............................ETC.
I merely wanted to point out for novice perhaps a "new set up by the dealer" approach might be easier to get initialization from. A rotten tonearm output cable in an otherwise superb vintage TT might turn technically unable totally off listening to vinyl - and vintage gear DOES have its ills and quirks, often each brand or even single model having issues only experienced DIYers and professional service people are aware of and knowledgeable enough to fix it. It might be little silly trivial thing - but it can be perfectly capable of ruining the experience.
I think gear should be means to listening to music and not music to be means to test gear, after being carefully selected, tweaked, etc.
I am first in the line who could be deservedly so accused of the later - whenever an improvement, tweak or whatever is done to phono gear, it gets listened to with tested and tried recording(s) I am really familiar with and can rely on. There are records I had to listen to so many times I grew almost totally indifferent to the actual music on them - in a way producing the same sensation as monday arriving at work. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sarHj506AU
I wanted to clearly present "both sides of the LP" - so to speak.