the discussion about old turntables having a come-back reminds me of a conversation I had with the owner of a 'classic' Jaguar XK120 car. Vic, the owner, said he (and his XK120) were invited to the launch of the latest Jag range. Whilst his Jag was the star of the show, he was asked by a really raw salesman if he (Vic) wanted a new Jag (with some discount on offer). The salesman asked what 'extras' Vic would like. Vic said, 'no engine management system'. The salesman looked puzzled, and said it couldn't be done. Vic said his Jag had been running for 60 years without one!
Vic also told me that he developed front disc brakes for his XK120, which were later sold by Jaguar as an after market alternative, and that he had replaced the rear wheel bearings with those from a combine harvester (well, he lives in Devon, as do I !). In some ways, Vic's story reminds me of idler drivers, a bit agricultural, but simple to repair, and still source parts, and those that can't be sourced can be made (like bearings, idler wheels and arms, etc.)
Do I prefer the XK120 to a modern Jag, you bet. Do I love idler drives, you bet. And decent ones don't rumble, its just a silly rumour put about by the rubber band brigade!
We have no need to hide away with our prized possessions, but openly provide music to those who have ears and an open mind!
Vic's prized possession.