I'm not sure that that's the very first time "sorry about your wallet" was used, but I do remember several members lamenting the state of their wallets prior to that post. It was those statements that would have sparked the original "sorry about your wallet" reply.
Head-Fi-holic: With headphones would just be a benny.
Jun 22, 2001
Actually, it was me -- it was in a private email to another member -- 2 channel -- and I repeated it here, because I thought it was funny. I also knew that as a catch-phrase, it was pretty good, and going to be extremely popular -- yes, I knew it was going to become the head-fi unofficial greeting.
I'll see if I can find the post.
Also, at some point since then, jude was interviewed by...Stereophile? I think it was?...and he went through the trouble of finding it out again.