A while back, I rounded up my old, unused equipment: HD650, X-Can V8p, and a Denon AVR-2802 and passed them along to my 15-year-old step-step-nephew, twice removed - I think. It's complicated - too many blended families are at work here. He's a good kid with a rabid interest in music, audio, and all things technical. I figured that it would be a while before he could afford that bunch of old stuff that was just taking up space. He would have received the Acoustat speakers too, but I sent them packing last year.
Interesting, really, that someone 15 would be interested in collecting vinyl when my generation says good riddance to all of the old issues. Sure, I could have sold it all, but it was worth more than that to give it to someone who really appreciated it. The other fascinating thing was his perception of the LCD-2 vs. HD650. He hit it exactly during a listening session that day. I didn't bring the Stax - maybe for the next family gathering. He'll get the ER-4s next time - maybe he can take the pain.
I was a teacher years ago, and maybe this will change a life in some subtle way. Plus, my wife is happy when anything leaves the house.
Anyone else have stories about passing on the legacy?