Happy to be here; it's been a long time coming. That's a Dancing Great Blue Mudskipper to the left. I first developed an interest in music by listening on a remote mountain top on Oahu to F. Valli on an AM transistor radio station KPOI (really) lead the Four Seasons sing "Sherry" in the middle of the night with perfect silence around and a starry sky above for a soundstage behind the music. I almost literally don't remember music before that. And then I got ahold of my father's new from Asia Sony TC-530 7" R to R in 1963 and recorded dance show music from the TV like Sadaka's "Tallahassee Lassie". I still have the tape and the deck--mint other than needing new rubber. I went to refinishing the 18" tall cabinets of a homemade set of speakers a friend gave us and hooking them up to a fold up record player and buying 13 albums for $1.99 from Columbia Records so I could listen to the speakers. Then on to a Harmon Kardon Nocturne 330 and Goodman speakers somehow, and then a Garrard SL-95 turntable and finally some JBL 100's with the burnt orange egg carton grill. I literally made my way through 200' of waist-high flood waters racing down the city street to get into my trailer to get those babies off the floor and up to a higher level so they would survive. Stolen to my everlasting disappointment a few years later. But that loss created a need and so I went in 1982 to check out Fried Speakers in Philly to maybe buy some bookshelf speakers I hoped to be able to afford, and Bud got a hold of me among all the other shoppers and took me into the back room, his work area, stock room, lab, and office and played me a set of G/2 floor standing loudspeakers that weren't on the showroom floor. Moody Blues I think it was. I left with a set of those of course, at I think it was, $1,825 each. I can't believe he didn't try to sell me a set of bookshelf speakers to go with them. He was a trip. My other stuff is just quality consumer stuff, but its listed here and compared to the rarified acoustic environment you folks listen in, it's OK with me if you have a little knowing smile on your face. You earned it.