Started out 40 years ago, clearly with vinyl AND cassette-tapes (the tool of amateurs at the time LOL).
Two different turntables, belt-drive, no DJ cartridges and no clue what a slip mat was. Truly a perfect start into the art.
Moved on to pro residency with both SL12s and other Technics models with pitch control (thumb wheel) and a motor that was nowhere near the quality of the S12s.
Believe I was one of the first to start using the Ortofon Concorde cartridges when they came out in Europe.
Then added the first Sony DiscMan D5 in 1984. While no pitch control it was fun to have and a big difference in sound. Not many dance tunes available then though.
Skip fast forward to now. Fully digital, phasing out my DDJ-SX and phasing in my MCX8000.
If I get the chance I will play vinyl (regular, no DVS) once or twice a year for an hour. I will love it and also know I am happy we have move on with technology. Especially after hauling home my vinyl case on the train .