Goodbye, Old Friend

The news from the shop wasn’t good. One of my decks had been playing up for a while now & the bloke (ironically) at DJ Heaven told me what I’d suspected. It was dying.

The diagnosis & long-term prognosis? Not good – not a question of if, but when the thing departs to the Great celestial Warehouse.

Apparently the issue lies with either an aging motor or a deteriorating mains transformer. Factoring shipping costs, it would cost more to repair than replace. Yet I’ve been seriously considering it.

It was from one of the earlier Numark Battle Packs, the TT1550, the first set of decks, indeed, the first proper 2 deck DJ set up I ever owned & was also a gift from My Wife. Even more remarkable, considering I spent a good deal of my (semi)-pro life without a permanent set of my own. So you can see, there’s a lot of sentimental value attached to it.

She seemed rather, well, pragmatic about it all – as I’ve got a digital setup, it’s not as if I’m completely stranded, as it were and if it was too expensive to repair (as it turns out), then get a new when it’s convenient. In fairness, I did upgrade to a newer mixer, but I’ve still got the old one.

Sentimental? Yes. Rational? No, not really, but some people are like that with their first/favourite car, a cup/mug/piece of cutlery or teddy bears they’ve had for years, so in that respect, it’s not that bad.

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