by Anura Guruge
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Why I hadn’t got a Jensen earlier is just another one of those inexplicable mysteries that litter my life.
Yes, I have two (I think) turntables and a few old amplifiers and speakers stored in various nooks and crannies
but they have never been hooked up.
I did have a record player when we lived in Gilford but I gave it away
because I planned to get a new one. Well that was 7 years ago.
My last real system was my Linn Sondek, Naim and Linn Isobarik
system, which I had bought in the U.K.,
in 1981 when I first started doing public seminars.
I just checked eBay. The prices are crazy.
I think they were crazy in 1981 but my finances were different.
I don’t need a Linn right now — or ever.
There was a time when I had over 600 LPs.
I whittled that down to about 300 when we lived in Gilford.
Then I decided just to keep the very special ones and threw the others away.
I now have about 60 — most from the late 1960s and early 1970.
They have seen a lot of use.
I would cringe have a $500 Klyde cartridge traversing those grooves.
Actually haven’t bothered to check what the cartridge situation
is with the Jensen.
OK. I just checked. ~$35. Hhhhmmm.
I had, and still have, some very esoteric, eclectic, kind-of-folksy
taste in music. Here are some of the LPs that I have
been listening to, again, with the Jensen.
I had genuinely missed the ‘Strawbs‘.
‘The Man Who Called Himself Jesus’ still does numbers on me.
I saw the ‘Strawbs’, kind of by mistake, in 1969.
‘If it was so simple’ by ‘Longdancer‘ is my theme song for life.
‘Pentangle‘ should have been bigger.
I saw ‘Quintessence‘ in Swansea in 1972 or 1973.
“Matthew’s Southern Comfort”.
That is WHY my son is called “Matthew”!
That tells its own story.
I wanted to call him ‘Gordon’ after my all time hero Gordon Greenidge.
I was told I couldn’t because it sounded too Judaic!
Never understood that. So the compromise was: Matthew Gordon Guruge.
The only child that I named that has a middle name.