I am in my 60s and have nobody interested in my gear when I pass. I am considering selling the high dollar stuff then giving it to charity when I pass. Selling stuff is a pain and I wouldn't want the family to have to deal with that.
There are a lot of pretty good guitars for cheap these days. When I started, there was the pawn shop or a Fender or Gibson I couldn't afford. The WMI plant in South Korea makes some excellent products for the cost. Its a good time to be starting these days I think. IMHO of course
I played a bunch of teles til I found the perfect neck and action for me. I played it for an hour then took it to the counter. The sales person said “you like the black one”. Yes, indeed. Get what you want, you deserve it.
I had VK112 and the speaker was miserable. I put a 5751 in the first hole and I got a good clean sound. I wasn't that impressed with the distortion channel so I used pedal. Pretty decent amp for $250 for cleans. Just my 0.02
I was looking for a solid state amp for jazz and I found this guy playing a Peavey Special 130. It is a remarkable amplifier I have to say. Very clean and ok with pedals. I replaced the speaker with a lightweight one and it is very usable.
Astronomy as a science has gained dramatically from Hubble and will even more from the Webb telescope. Here is an interesting link
I recall reading that the 5881 was very similar to the 6L6GC but had a different sized bottle. It is good to around 450V without issues. I had US Tung-Sol 5881 in a BFSR without issue for several years. My recollection is often a bit off so IMHO on this.