The best things in life are not things
For the longest time as a DJ, my Technics 1210s were my life. I can't recall playing in a club anywhere in the world in the 1990s and early 2000s that didn't own a handful of these beautiful design classics. They shadowed my every move. They were ubiquitous with DJ'ing.
They were also brilliantly functional - heavy duty, beautifully weighty, rock solid, dependable design classics. I had three at home. A set in the studio for working on my sets with, and one in the living room for playing my extensive collection of Sonic Youth, Tackhead, Renegade Soundwave, Butthole Surfers and of course Napalm Death (amongst more esoteric choices).
A couple of days ago when my Pledge Music Page launched, these were amongst the items up for grabs, to help fund the current Piece of Me album project. Much to my surprise and delight, they sold in the first 24 hours and I'm thrilled to know they will be going to an excellent home in Germany where they will no doubt serve someone very well in the coming years and months.
In some ways it's sad to see them go (as well as my collection of 5000 records which were spirited away a few weeks back), but I would much rather see them enjoying active service than ending up being used as book ends. It reminded me of an excellent saying that I've been trying to communicate to my 8-year old daughter recently, "The best things in life are not things". Whilst these decks are the finest out there, for me it's the experiences we have with our time that counts for way more than the things that we acquire during our lives.