How do you people keep your kit looking so shiny and new?

horace

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I know some people are very fussy when buying hifi - the phrase 'must be mint' shows up regularly in the classifieds.

I also know that some of you are very good at keeping your stuff looking like it just came out of the box, even after years of use.

So what's wrong with me? I'm quite a careful person, but it seems like I only have to look at something and a ding, mark or scar appears on it.

So how does that work then?

Yours confusedly

Martin

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horace

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I lick my entire hifi every weekend.
Note to self: do not buy any kit from petrat.

Yuk!

In any case, I don't subscribe to any process that removes the protective layer of dust - it's the hifi equivalent of keeping the plastic covers on new furniture (I know people who do that - makes yer arse sweaty, but keeps the sofa looking minty).

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Frizzy brizzy

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My team of specially trained Filipino houseboys polish it while I sleep at night.

in the real world little pixies come out at every opportunity to kick punch and defile my treasures, I invariably leave some trace of ownership on everything I've bought.

I have pets, friends and am a clumsy bugger. I killed my laptop last year with a well aimed coffee, and still have nightmares about removing the stylus on my vdh grasshopper with a long sleeve jumper. Or when a very young ginger Tom decided to sharpen his claws on my just upgraded Lv obx rw , got there Just in time!

 

horace

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My team of specially trained Filipino houseboys polish it while I sleep at night.in the real world little pixies come out at every opportunity to kick punch and defile my treasures, I invariably leave some trace of ownership on everything I've bought.

I have pets, friends and am a clumsy bugger. I killed my laptop last year with a well aimed coffee, and still have nightmares about removing the stylus on my vdh grasshopper with a long sleeve jumper. Or when a very young ginger Tom decided to sharpen his claws on my just upgraded Lv obx rw , got there Just in time!
Ah yes, those pixies are tricky little bastards - put dings in places you wouldn't think possible. Hifi crop circles.

One night I'm gonna stay awake and wait for the little feckers. When I catch them they'll get a proper twatting.

From this, I deduce that the secret of mint hifi is a house free of pixies.

This place is an education.

Martin

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horace

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A nice layer of dust and a ding or three just adds character to kit. :^
Exactly. And it enables you to identify the kit as 'yours' when it turns up later on eBay. A guarantee of future feelings of nostalgia. Careful owners are denying themselves that opportunity.

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IanG-UK

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I also know that some of you are very good at keeping your stuff looking like it just came out of the box, even after years of use.So what's wrong with me? I'm quite a careful person, but it seems like I only have to look at something and a ding, mark or scar appears on it.
Not sure if still available now, but when Quad were Quad and not IAG they would do paint touch-ups/resprays at the factory, even same day service. I'd guess Michell do similar. As for Pioneer ...

 

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My team of specially trained Filipino houseboys polish it while I sleep at night.
Prefer my pair of Thai house girls, Ting and Tong .

Rubbish at house work, but I'm loathe to get rid of them ;-)

....a slightly damp microfibre cloth once a week seems to work for me, with extra extra extra caution when doing the TT area underneath the Cartridge !!

Am pondering having a bespoke cover made for the Delphi.

 

Beobloke

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Given my slight OCD tendencies where my hi-fi is concerned, I do get a bit twitchy when my items get more than a barely noticeable patina of dust.

Also with regard to...

A nice layer of dust and a ding or three just adds character to kit. :^
...on the other hand, when you take your old stuff along to an audiojumble and find that something identical but shiny and immaculate is on another stall for the same price, guess which one will sell first?!

Over years of buying and selling hi-fi equipment, I have doubled the price of many budget items just by giving them a damn good clean.

 
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I smear with butter, wipe around a bit with a damp cloth, then let the dog lick it clean

Given the chance, dog would eat rat too

 
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It's quite simple for me, the only time I use my kit is at Scalford, the rest of the year it's boxed up and I just talk rubbish on here instead:^

 

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