What’s Old Is New

By Franklin Karp
Published on: April 2, 2021

The surge in sales of LP’s and turntables gives rise to hope and speculation that not all older things are gone, never to be seen or heard from again. The cycle of old giving way to the new and younger generation has been a fact of life since time immemorial. The discovery of old technology by a younger generation and rediscovery by an older nostalgic one gives me pause. Is it possible that older executives and very experienced salespeople will be rediscovered because they offer vital information that young folks would love to hear (experience) today?

The Pandemic has changed the world. It is now about giving Americans the quality they can trust. CD’s all bright and shiny sounded so great but then, after years, the young adopters heard their short comings. Now people harken back to older technology that evolved over many years of growth and experience.



Having been a firsthand witness to the digital transformation, I confess to having been enamored by the new sounds and readily dismissed the older technology. Many years later I now appreciate how my records must have felt, sitting in a milk crate in a storage locker, not being played or appreciated. It is my fervent hope that today’s young leaders take heed and dust off the old records, listen and not relegate them to history.

Franklin Karp

Franklin Karp

Franklin is the COO for Audio Video Systems in Plainview, NY - one of the premier custom integration technology firms in the country. He was previously the CEO for Harvey Electronics, a leading hi-end consumer technology retail chain in the NYC area.

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