There's some truth in never meeting your heroes, lest you find out they're jerks. Fortunately I've met new heroes along the way who take their place in my ever-growing pantheon of awesome aspirational folks.
@Dianora I've come to appreciate that vinyl isn't about the sound but the ritual.
There's something cathartic I've found in putting on a record. Then I realize it sounds inferior and put on the digital version.
(That and the loudness wars of CD / Digital mastering, but that's a separate issue).
I promise if I ever see someone complain about the sound of MP3s and then purchase a cassette I won't harm them. But I will give them the biggest side-eye I can muster.