When a navy wants a new sort of missile, it does not go out and buy a new squadron of warships. The ship is the platform, the shooty missile thing is the system, and what you do is put new systems on your existing platform.
Thus my Bristol – a rather old car now, but with a decent sound system for a while now. The car is the platform; the in-car hi-fi is the system. So far so good.
But the Jeep was harder. It is 1o years old, but I like it, and so does the dog. The radio plays CDs and cassette tapes, but has no facility for playing music or podcasts from my iPod. Hmm. I used to have a thing called an iTrip which was sort of OK, but then that got nicked and the later model was not nearly as good.
Anyway, I found a guy on Magill Road, St Morris – Cargear – with a shop that does this sort of thing. A dying art, since car radios are pretty much built in these days. In the Jeep, the radio is controllable from the steering wheel, the amplifier is under the back seat, and it would have been a total pain to have replaced the whole thing. Anyway, Brian had a poke around and prescribed me an iSimple. And new tweeters. Tweeters under the windscreen disintegrate after a while, apparently, and mine were shot.
Totally brilliant. Brian plumbed this thing into the aerial system somehow or the other, and there is a switch effort to switch between radio and iPod. Suddenly, I have got stonks of my favourite music, and all the podcasts, at really high quality – in the Jeep. Makes driving a pleasure.
Thank goodness there are still a few Brians around.