A Visit To Abbey Road Studios

Robert Baird writes: Call me a hopeless romantic but I could not get “Penny Lane” out of my head as I sat in the back of a black cab whizzing across a remarkably deserted London early one morning a couple weeks ago. “On the corner is a banker with a motorcar…” I was on a […]

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Avantegarde speakers: Observations sought and received

“It’s interesting (to me) that you guys really enjoyed the Avantegarde speakers because myself and a friend (who normally loves horn speakers) were entirely underwhelmed by them. Personally, I was too aware of odd colourations and they just didn’t have the immediacy, or intimacy, that I associate with really good horns. Perhaps if they had […]

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Is Music the Key to Success?

Joanne Lipman writes: CONDOLEEZZA RICE trained to be a concert pianist. Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, was a professional clarinet and saxophone player. The hedge fund billionaire Bruce Kovner is a pianist who took classes at Juilliard. Multiple studies link music study to academic achievement. But what is it about serious music […]

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CHEAP TRICK: In the Joint – Las Vegas 1995 (CD)

CHEAP TRICK 1995 BROADCAST FROM LAS VEGAS Cheap Trick left Epic records, the label with which they had had their biggest successes, in 1991, after the disappointing sales of the album Busted. They signed to Warner Brothers in 1993 and released Woke Up With A Monster the following year. Produced by Warner’s Ted Templeman, best […]

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When Cream Were On Fire

Udiscover write: Four months before the Beatles made their bid for the best double album of 1968, Cream made theirs. ‘Wheels Of Fire,’ the record that introduced the classic ‘White Room’ and other great performances by the rock trio, was new in UK record shops exactly 47 years ago, on 9 August 1968, and became […]

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Is it possible?

Paul McGowan writes: Can we ever hope to achieve a two-channel experience with music so real as to fool ourselves into believing there is an actual musician playing in front of us?  I mean sure we can close our eyes and imagine a live event is happening, but in all the years I have never […]

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“Our chief engineer, Bob Stadtherr, always likes to remind us that every project has two phases: the first 90% and the second 90%. It always brings a smile.”

Paul McGowan: Our chief engineer, Bob Stadtherr, always likes to remind us that every project has two phases: the first 90% and the second 90%.  It always brings a smile. But he has a point, one you can probably relate to in your own life.  You get through the first 90% of your task and […]

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Sony tape smashes storage record

From the archives: Sony has developed a new storage tape that is able to hold up to 185 terabytes (TB) of data per cartridge. Created with the help of IBM, Sony’s technology allows for tapes that can store the equivalent of 3,700 Blu-ray discs. The tape hold 148 gigabits (Gb) per square inch – beating […]

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DIY Audio – “Projects by fanatics for fanatics”?

I’ve played with every concievable passive pot, Bournes, Alps Blue Velvet, Alps Black Beauty, Penny&Giles, Dact Switched resistors, and transformers. Nothing has beat the sound of a series/ shunt LDR arrangment in the attachement, it has no contacts in the signal path, I believe that is the secret. The only stipulation that all these passive […]

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ADRIAN LEGG: Fretmelt

We are told: Adrian Legg is an English guitar player who has been called “impossible to categorize”. He plays custom guitars that are a hybrid of electric and acoustic, and his fingerstyle picking technique has been acknowledged by the readers of Guitar Player who voted Legg the “best acoustic fingerstyle” player four years in a […]

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