8 February 2015
Upgraded my secondary stereo (and it is a two speaker set up - two ears = two speakers) with a Luxman K-110 cassette deck. Manufactured in 1987. Has four magic words printed on the back - Made In Fucking Japan. Original MSRP on it was a couple beers short of $500. Cost me the same as the deck it replaced - $10. Thing does not appear to have been used much. My tapes sound so much brighter now.
Began its new life playing music for me with a Little Country Joe and the Fish. "Gimme an F!"
Put a big smile on my face the Luxman did. Same sort of smile a man gets when he hits a 50-1 shot at the racetrack.
Our buy until you die society is really something else. You buy a machine that would have burned up most of a pay cheque of mine in 1987, hardly use it for nearly thirty years, then give it away to charity where it fetches $10 because our buy until you die society has long since moved on to digital machines. Digital machines that will not fetch even $10 on the used market in 2045 I might add.