***Long Post Warning*** I have been wrestling with the decision of what system to tear down, so that I can set up Dr. Strangelove’s Pioneer system, from the Fest. I was going to set it up, here, next to my computer. That means out goes the 4300 and 2 pair of EPI 100s. Temporarily, at least. Meanwhile, friend of ours (the DW and I) finds herself in dire straits, as her idiot husband leaves her and goes to live with his (female) first cousin, not in a platonic way. She goes to work and comes home to find the place almost empty of furniture. He did take all the music and gear. Jo finds herself with no tunes. He did leave her the little 13” TV. I gave her a half dozen CDR’s from our library. She was over while I was at the Fest, and heard stuff she liked, so I burned ‘em. She tried to play them on her $5 POS DVD player from the pawn shop, and no go. Went to the local Value Village, and the girl was carrying out a Sony CD changer. Filthy. Asked her how much. $10. Can I test it? Nope. Is there a remote? Nope. How about $7.50? OK. Out I went. Next door, to the Cash Converters, where I asked what would you give me for this? Let’s test it and see, says he. He hooks it up, on the bench, loads it with CDs and CDRs, and takes a Sony remote from a box. Puts it through its paces, it is a champ. Not so much as a hiccup. He offers me $3. I say, “No thanks, I’ll keep it. BTW, do you want to sell the remote?” $3, says he. But the back is missing, I counter, I’ll give you $1.50. Sold! Thirty minutes to clean it up, and it looked like new. DW tells me that her friend is trying to play the CDs on the DVD player, into the little TV. NOW I know where the Pioneer system has to go! Took all of it over last night, and brought music back into the world of this nice lady, who has endured a world of hurt. She is pretty tough, and just about jumped through hoops, to keep from crying, and almost made it. When I left, she had five CDRs in the tray, on shuffle, and she was dancing in her living room. I gotta tell ya, I never heard anything so sweet as that. Those project 120’s are going to get a workout, but they will be up to the task. I’ve been riding this high since last night, and I still get the warm fuzzies. Doc’s system is going to be well-used, and well-loved, by someone who needs some music in her life. Tyler was right, music will DEFINITELY elevate the mood. Thought you guys should know.