Bob’s long, strange trip began on February 2, 1972, when the number #25 directed him at the first fork in the road.   He was one of the few high school seniors in his Iowa hometown who were subjected, by having reached 18 years old in 1971 - and having no college deferment and no firm plans set -   to the involuntary Vietnam draft through birthday lotteries. As things turned out historically, Vietnam would not have been the case, but as of February 2 the number 25 strongly suggested a military future. He enlisted voluntarily just after high school to secure a desired electronics education and avoid Vietnam which, by then, was winding down.

Long before 1972, Bob was perfecting DIY electronic projects at home and in his 1963 Chevy Impala.   He had already installed an eight-track player. Car cassette players were trending in 1972, so he wired in a cassette player as well and began collecting cassette tapes to add to his eight-track tape collection, which was then consigned to basement storage.  His military electronics education and experience formed the foundation for his future in classic audio repair beginning in 1976.   

From 1976 to 1996 he was a master class repair technician  at the Radio Shack Corporation where he specialized in the component audio equipment popular in the 60s and 70s that we now call "classic" or "vintage." Most of those years were spent in Chicago, IL. In 1996 he left Radio Shack and owned a small repair shop near Albuquerque NM until 1999 when he met his future wife and they conceived of  then moved to Colorado where they have been since 2000.  This website was created primarily for audio equipment repairs in addition to small parts for DIY projects. As the classic 60s and 70s stereo revival materialized and more baby boomers dusted off their old turntables and tape players, the small parts side of the website began to dominate. We have remained at the top of our niche internet field, spinning your albums and tapes, for years. Bob no longer accepts repairs, but is an email away for advice on DIY repair  projects. He will celebrate his 65th birthday in 2018 and enter into the Medicare fork in the road, but has no plans to retire then, soon after, or ever. This, according to Bob.


The Sexagenarian Twelve: We've all had favorite albums come and go. These twelve albums were released during the 1970s. It's music that is still appealing to our more sensitive, aging ears, without our having to skip a track or two, that we didn't hear ad infinitum decades ago. Hundreds of albums were scrutinized. These emerged as the ageless sexagenarian twelve, IOHO. This is a work in progress - we continue to search for albums from 1974, 1976, and 1977  that fit into our qualifiers. As much as we like Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, from 1977, we disqualified the album because of two or three tracks heard too many thousands of times over the last 41 years.

Elton John - Tumbleweed Connection 1970

Van Morrison - Moondance  1970

Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers 1971

Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson 1971

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Will the Circle be Unbroken 1972

Neil Young - Harvest  1972

Tom Waits - Closing Time 1973

Pink Floyd -  Dark Side of the Moon  1973

John Prine - Sweet Revenge  1973

Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks 1975

Dire Straits - Dire Straits 1978

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Damn the Torpedoes 1979


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