After reading the article in TAS about the 10 speakers that changed hi end as we know it, writen by Harry Pearson.( this was a well writen article in my opinion) I was thinking with the amount of small towns who host various museums and halls of fame is there enough interest to suport a audio museum.
If you think about it there are a lot of people with a lot of old gear that would donate it to a museum. If you have some note worthy gear you could sell it but the amount of money you get is not great and it often ends up in younger hands modded or taken apart and sold for parts. So why not donate it to a museum.
Manufacturers may see value in contributing by way of restoring old gear for the museum, as a way to interest public in high end gear. By way of cash donations, on going companies might sponsor for example, a Conrad Johnson room Many companies say an on going problem they have is not enough people even know about high end audio .
A museum is a non threating environment to see and hear high end gear no pressure, no sales person sizing you up just fun listening. There could be a classical music day or rooms, a blues day or room, as well as rock and other forms.
If TAS were to spearhead this it could be called the absolute sound museum non profit like the magazine ( just kidding guys). Although if TAS were involved, the last room on the tour could be a room of modern gear comprized of the golden ear award components for that year ( equipment on loan for that year by the winners of the award.)
What are your thoughts does this idea have any merit There is a vintage musical insterment museum in vermilion south dakota that does well. Why are we the unknown hobby of recluses ?