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  • 03-03-2008 8:41 AM

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    Smile [:)] My B&O- "I still have a long way to go!" By Beocool

    Next up in the "My B&O" series is Beocool from The Netherlands who definitely has the B&O bug!

    If you´d like to tell your B&O story send me a PM and we´ll include in the series. 

    cheers,

    Kevin 

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  • 03-03-2008 8:42 AM In reply to

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    Re: My B&O- "Still a long way to go" By Beocool

    I discovered B&O in the 80's. Even as a small boy I already had a huge interest in design and engineering. My main focus had always been cars till that time, but I already started to develop an interest in modern art, architecture and non-automotive industrial design as well. I was 11 years old when I first saw a picture in a magazine of a Beogram 3000 (59xx). I was totally blown away by this machine. I've never seen anything that looked so stylish, so modern. It's safe to say I was immediately hooked.

    I still hadn't seen any B&O product in the flesh. My parents, older brother and I lived in a small village and of course there was no B&O shop. Even in the city nearby, where my parents did most of their shopping a B&O shop was absent. But I was determined to get a catalogue. So I rang the distributor for the Netherlands and got my first catalogue when I was 13. The next year we moved to another village and this actually had a small shop where they sold B&O products. I went to the shop almost immediately after my parents moved there and saw the B&O products in the flesh for the first time. I can still remember the shopkeeper had a Beocenter 9000 that I really loved and a Beosystem 3300.

    I already knew I had to have B&O in my life, but after I actually saw it and had listened to the Beocenter 9000, the will to own B&O grew stronger, but unfortunately I couldn't afford it at that age. But I really wanted B&O in my life so I tried to persuade my parents to buy B&O equipment, but they refused. Still I went to this shop every time there was a new model or catalogue and the shopkeeper really liked my enthusiasm. I left the village in 1992 when I went to the university. I was really disappointed with the B&O shop in my new hometown, so whenever I visited my parents I always went to the little B&O shop where I first saw the wonderful B&O machines.

    In 1996, just after my 22nd birthday I heard that this small shop was soon to be closed. The shopkeeper had developed problems with his health and could now longer run his business. I had nearly enough money at the time for a Beocenter 9300, but he was willing to give me a discount. He really wanted a good home for the last B&O equipment he had in stock. I walked out of the shop with the Beocenter 9300, similar in design to the Beocenter 9000 I just had to have. He also gave me a B&O bottle opener. I still own the Beocenter 9300 and the bottle opener and will never part with both.

    I must explain here that the Beocenter was situated in my parents' house and not in my student accommodations as I didn't want my roommates to mess with my newly acquired masterpiece. My parents must have been genuinely impressed with it, because six months after I bought my Beocenter they bought a second hand Beosystem 5500 and a Beovision LX 2500 and new Beovox CX 100 speakers. They've always thought that the brand was far too expensive, but like I said, they must have been impressed.

    I started to earn money and have bought more equipment over the years, such as a Beosound 2300 with Beolab 2500's in my study, a Beocom 4 and a Beovision MX 7000 in the lounge. Right now I am saving money to replace my non B&O speakers in the lounge. After all, the Beocenter 9300 deserves this. I would like a pair of Beolab 3's or perhaps Beolab 8000's. The 8000's work really well in combination with the Beocenter 9300, but I saw the picture in the 2006/2007 catalogue of the Beolab 3's with the Beocenter 9500. Looks surprisingly good I have to say. I probably will choose Beolab 3's. Other items on my wish list include a pair of Beolab 5's (of course) a Beosound 1, a Beosound 3 and a Beosystem 6500 / 7000. I still have a long way to go! Big Smile

  • 03-03-2008 3:17 PM In reply to

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    Re: My B&O- "Still a long way to go" By Beocool

    Great story Beocool and thanks for sharing your experience with us.

    You really were a determined soul weren't you?Big Smile

     

    Chris.

    The use of metaphors should be avoided like the plague. They're like a red rag to a bull to me.

  • 03-03-2008 3:21 PM In reply to

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    Re: My B&O- "Still a long way to go" By Beocool

    Yes, Thanks Beocool, great story.
    Each week I feel more and more guilty that I haven't sent my story to Kevin yet! Embarrassed

    Poor me, never win owt!

  • 03-03-2008 3:32 PM In reply to

    Re: My B&O- "Still a long way to go" By Beocool

    Thanks, Chris and Andy. I look forward to your stories! Yes -  thumbs up

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  • 03-04-2008 4:15 PM In reply to

    Re: My B&O- "Still a long way to go" By Beocool

    Thanks for sharing your story BeoCool, it was interesting to read. I hope you soon aquire all of those mentioned on your wishlist!

  • 03-05-2008 2:45 PM In reply to

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    Re: My B&O- "Still a long way to go" By Beocool

    Great story Beocool, I'm working on mine now...
    -Austin (resident audiophile skeptic)
  • 03-09-2008 11:55 AM In reply to

    Re: My B&O- "Still a long way to go" By Beocool

    i love the classic jensen look , if i had the space and money i'd have a house full of it

    it would be wonderful to have your very own bno museum methinx , maybe i'll start on one in the next few years

    popgear is grate™

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