So, the Sony TPS-L2 was the very first Walkman. We all know that! And Ive always wanted one. But sadly, since a film I was personally involved in hit the screen, the prices have rocketed. Guardians Of The Galaxy’s main hero, Star-Lord (you know?) had a TPS-L2, and I remember being on set and seeing his and thinking to myself how cool was that!? What I failed to do was realise that as a result of this Marvel film, the TPS-L2 would go from being a $50 ebay buy (at best) to suddenly be commanding prices up to (and including) $1000! Obviously, the TPS-L2 was on my e bay watch list, but they were either too shabby or just too expensive. However, last week I received a Sony wm-f101 from a seller. It was as new, and considering it was from 86, thats quite a feat. The seller dropped me a private message and said that he also had a TPS-L2, and wasnt sure what to do with it. It was his from new, having purchased it for the 1980 Moscow olympics. Well, it turns out that this seller was none other than Don Morley, the Godfather of Sports photography! This walkman has circumnavigated the globe with him 8 times. I love the providence of this machine. Its not just a random purchase on ebay from an unknown. This walkman has some history. The Moscow Olympics was big news at the time. And I would love to have seen the faces of the locals when confronted with the first walkman... Now, I know this guy… his books were amazing and still set the bar for the genre. I was also very familiar with his W.H Smiths book on Motor Bikes. If this guy looks after his walkmans as well as he looks after his camera’s, this TPS-L2 may be worth a punt. Offer made and accepted, the TPS arrived yesterday. It looked factory fresh. But wasnt playing. The belts were old & stretched, but knowing this day would come, I had a stock of TPS-L2 and WM-3 belts ready. So this was how I spent this evening… and with the new belts fitted, I was about to hear my first TPS-L2. I’d always assumed the first walkman was a success due to its novelty value back in the day. But actually this walkman really kicks butt! Its rock solid stable and really really punchy. Later walkmans would improve on this, with the DD series as well as the pro models, but what a fantastic debut for the walkman concept. I think this is now my new most favourite thing!