Reel to reel: Vintage adverts / what the makers said at the time. Batch #1

Our reel to reel advert archive comprises 232 pieces. During 2019 we will progressively publish ALL of them. Enjoy! Neil McCauley – editor in chief EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team – just in case you wondered. Neil McCauley  

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Akai GX-747, Phillips N4520, Tandberg TD-20A, Technics RS-1500US, Technics RS-1800 and Teac 7300 – by Howard Popeck

These are notes I made for a letter to the editor of Hi-Fi World after a particularly interesting feature re Reel to Reel machines in the February 2008 issue. I didn’t get around to sending it. Dear David. The Neville Roberts feature “The Reel Thing” ( February 2008) was a joy to read. Not only […]

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NEIL YOUNG and THE STRAY GATORS: Toronto 1973 (CD)

We are told: Fascinating Broadcast Recording From The Legendary Time Fades Away Tour Comprising Jack Nitzsche, Ben Keith, Tim Drummond and Kenny Buttrey, The Stray Gators had backed Neil Young on 1972’s Harvest,and would go on to do likewise on the tour during which its follow-up, Times Fade Away, was recorded live. Featuring previouslyunreleased cuts, […]

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Oh how I wish …….

that I had the talent to write like this. My page was too white My ink was too thin The day wouldn’t write What the night pencilled in… From “The Book of Longing” by Leonard Cohen EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team – […]

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The Reel-to-Reel Deal. Why analog-obsessed audiophiles are returning to reel-to-reel

Audiophiles are notorious for embracing dated technologies, but their latest move might leave some wondering if they’ve lost their marbles. Incredibly, the audio world is seeing the resurgence of a product that declined decades ago and practically disappeared from the market around the early 2000s: the reel-to-reel tape deck. Forty years ago, a reel-to-reel deck […]

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Judy Dyble and Andy Lewis’s psychedelic folk collaboration:Summer Dancing (Vinyl LP with download card)

We are told: Acid Jazz present Judy Dyble and Andy Lewis’spsychedelic folk collaboration ‘Summer Dancing’.  Dyble was the original vocalist in FairportConvention, appearing on their self-titled debut,before joining Giles, Giles and Fripp and thenrecording the awesome UK psych masterpiece‘Morning Way’ under the name Trader Horne withher then boyfriend Ian McDonald.  Andy Lewis was […]

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ONKYO: Their T9 tuner – calling all enthusiasts

So, I’m in the very early stages of putting together a turntable-focused system. I’m running an entry-level Technics SL-BD10 turntable that a friend from work gave me (soon to have a donated Grado green cartridge) and an 80s Technics receiver that another buddy lent me because my 4-yr old Onkyo doesn’t have a phono input, […]

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NAKAMICHI: CA-5EII + Nakamichi PA-5E (and the Nakamichi ST-7 FM tuner, in passing) test review

NB: This was originally published in 2010 Hello, and welcome to the next of my series of reviews of vintage equipment. First, I only write about equipment that I have had extended, direct and personal experience of either as an end-user or retailer – or both. I don’t get involved in measurements. During 34 years […]

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Tom Jones isn’t letting the green, green grass grow under his feet

Originally published 2016 Tom Jones, the hitmaker whose work dates back more than half a century, continues to draw fans and make interesting recordings. Since 2010, he has been working with rock producer Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, Ray LaMontagne) on a trilogy of albums that both return Jones to his bluesy roots in […]

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Ask an expert: Aerials, the misunderstood and/or marginalised component?

Surely the radio aerial, with possibly a signal amplifier present for weaker signals, could be regarded as being the equivalent of vinyl’s cartridge and phono amp stages? If achieved then consequently, we may have more choice and availability of aerials and magazine reviews. Imagine going into a hi-fi shop to discuss an aerial/amp combination that […]

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THE KINKS: Dave Davies on his emotional return to the UK stage and ‘toxic’ relationship with brother Ray

Dave Davies is standing among the seated breakfasters one bright morning in the Clissold Arms, a heavily remodelled gastro-pub in north London, across the road from the terraced house where he grew up. He is trying to discern a more shadowy spot, visible only in his memory, where in 1961, aged 14, he and his […]

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William Andrea, the driving force behind Mimetism Audio

William – how did your interest in music reproduction start? Since I was young I’ve always been in the world of music. My uncles were jazz guitarist and bassist. For my part I’ve played Fender bass. I have no preferred style of music. I can listen from Mozart all the way to Deep Purple and […]

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