In my case, back then with LCD projectors costing around £2K and a little one on the way, it was my only option. I couldn't keep both.
Also,I had become bogged down with my best machine at the time an ST D, and my trusty faithful Agfa LS2 was great but didn't operate on the scale my aspirations for the hobby had taken me to. (ie 1200ft spool capacity min and a bigger and brighter image with dual track sound minimum.)
I didn't begin to ever regret my decision back then until, ironically, Video Projectors were producing amazing images!
I then fancied back tracking a little now with the kids all grown up.
I have far more cine kit then I ever had in the past with the exception of cameras, so I have fulfilled a lot of my ambitions and aspirations as a youngster this time around in the hobby.
i think that for many working class people, the best that cine has to offer is beyond reach at many stages of life, so I would never be too harsh on anyone who has been forced to sell their kit at some point in their adult lives David.
It is usually with some regret or frustration, but often completely necessary for people with young families in particular.