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There are times when I feel older than my chronological age, and other times when I feel younger. Usually it's because of a transitory change in physical health, occasional mental health.

Right now I'm feeling ancient. I still use(d) a CD player, and after a period of working imperfectly, this week it failed. It's about 35 years old. In electronics years that's probably equivalent to 300.

Replacements turn out to be scarce and, for the most part, very expensive, aimed at the ultra-high end of the audio market. The only consumer-grade model actually available seems to be a Yamaha at $379.

For the moment I've slotted in a spare DVD player, but it's audio isn't very good.

Meanwhile, my Internet radio tuner became obsolete this month. It would work if the server it used hadn't been decommissioned, and its firmware can't be updated. Internet audio tuners are not quite as hard to find as CD players, and one is coming in a few days. I have this because the public-radio service in this region switched its classical-music and news/talk frequencies, and the one that is now the music frequency is of too low wattage to receive here.
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