YAMAHA: “We weren’t seriously thinking of replacing our stereo. Then we heard Yamaha”

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Mose Allison – The Complete Recordings 1957 – 1962 (5CD Box Set)

Eleven Complete Mose Allison Albums Over Five Discs Born just outside Tippo, Mississippi on his grandfather’s farm (known as The Island because Tippo Bayou encircles it , Mose Allison was already taking piano lessons by the age of five. He picked cotton at home, played piano in grammar school and trumpet in high school, and […]

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What happened to composers?

I’m building my big library of recorded music. It’s a continual process and I’ve have noticed something interesting. In classical music traditionally the library by the name of the composer – Bach, Beethoven, Delius and so on. In contrast, when it comes to non-classical we tend to file by the name of the performer – […]

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ACOUSTIC RESEARCH: AR3a – the speaker system revolutionized speaker systems.

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AMPEX: What happened?

Gentlemen, I found some Ampex ads and it looks like they made terrific gear (if the marketing talk is to be believed) and then they disappeared. Can you shed any light? Well, this is what we’ve found so far. “Ampex Electric and Manufacturing Company. Named after its founder Alexander M. Poniatoff who started the company […]

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Hi-Fi haters; are these the reasons why?

The thread starts: Can anyone explain why high end audio seems to be forever stuck as a cottage industry? Why do my rich friends who absolutely have to have the BEST of everything and wouldn’t be caught dead without expensive clothes, watch, car, home, furniture etc. settle for cheap mass produced components stuck away in […]

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Keep or sell – what would you do?

The thread starts: I’m sure many others have been through this phase. I did, quite a few years ago. The issue at Rab Towers is quite simple. I always separate funds for fun, from funds for necessity. It hasn’t been a wonderful few years in terms of business, so the ‘fun fund’ is quite depleted. […]

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GARRARD: 401 or 301?

“Also considering one of these for a project as part of my curiosity in having a second deck. But trawling the internet over the last few days has produced widely conflicting opinions on which to go for. Matthew (audiograil) has been extremely helpful in answering my persistent emails but i thought id put the question […]

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Fleetwood Mac – Tusk (Expanded 3CD Digi-pack)

Fleetwood Mac builds on its formidable legacy as one of rock’s most legendary acts as they re-visit their most ambitious album with deluxe and expanded editions of TUSK. Originally released in 1979, the Grammy® Award-nominated, double-album sold more than four million copies worldwide, and reached number 1 in the UK album charts, and included hits […]

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Why a greatest hits album can be the band’s greatest

First published November 2013 “What’s your favourite Beatles album, then?” asks a very young James Lance. “Ooh … tough one,” says Alan Partridge. “I’d have to say … The Best of the Beatles”. It’s very funny. Except isn’t Alan Partridge right? Aren’t the Red and Blue collections genuinely the best Beatles albums? As the music […]

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BARTÓK Violin Concerto No 2 LIGETI Violin Concerto

Gramophone write: Patricia Kopatchinskaja performs these three concertos by composers born in Hungary with her trademark panache and the recorded balance gives her all due prominence. The importance of the orchestral contribution can’t be denied, however, and there’s an impressive sense of common purpose and collaborative zeal throughout. Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto has long since […]

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Best turntables

What Hi-Fi write Whether you’re dipping a toe into the waters of the vinyl revival, or you’re a seasoned record collector looking to upgrade your turntable, we’re here to guide you… …because (to mix our metaphors just a little) those waters are a minefield. So stick with us to secure the best deal on the […]

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Leadbelly & Woody Guthrie – Wnyc Radio New York 12th Dec 1940 (CD)

This rare and historically vital recording captures a 25-minuteepisode of Folk Songs Of America, a radio program produced by the remarkable folklorist Henrietta Yurchenco. In it, Woody Guthrie is Leadbelly’s guest, and they perform a cross section of their remarkable catalogues. The set comes complete with background notes and images. 1. Announcer intro 2. You […]

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A connection between a self-assembled truly satisfying audio system, and a rather good Beef Rendang.

Lazy, or sensible? One of the emerging trends I am seeing is the desire of people to have someone else build their systems for them so that they don’t have to do the work. This being despite the fact that there is a vast amount of information ‘out there’ which should – in theory – […]

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