Mark A. That was so fun to read; maybe not so much fun to live through!
My memories were a slightly newer vintage of "Syste-mation" with stacks of Tascam 234 4-track cassettes and Commodore 64 computers. I still have a 234 here in my office for those who have the Audacity to ask me to digitize their favorite memories of the 1980s. The cassette decks were extraordinary: I think they were $2500 each, and with the pro-grade dbx noise reduction, the noise floor supposedly rivaled compact discs. But, the automation control circuitry was all in a cage of socketed ICs and ribbon cables, a Red Green combination of broadcast engineering "genius," Radio Shack parts, and held together with baling wire/bubble-gum/duct tape. Super-sensitive to static electricity and power spikes. Doesn't take me too much reminiscence to agree with you ... also glad those days are gone!
Chippewa Falls, WI