FORUM BASHING: The practice of ‘bigging-up’ a brand on some audiophile forums

Hi Howard. I know your opinion that when it comes to forums your advice and personal practice is to ‘look and never, ever touch’. I understand where you are coming from. Your comments re the obvious and less obvious ‘bigging up’ of chosen brands by the genuine and those in the ‘pay’ of those makers […]

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CHARLES MINGUS: Passions Of A Man: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (6CD + Book) Box Set

The greatest bassist leader jazz has ever known, Charles Mingus, with his spirited playing and spontaneity, always kept his ears and fingers on the pulse. The albums this giant of music recorded for Atlantic between 1956 and 1961 are rightly considered his best. This lavish collection of the jazz legend’s entire mid-’50s to early ’60s […]

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GREIG: Piano Works, Ivana Gavrić, review

Geoffrey Norris: Bosnian-born pianist Ivana Gavrić brings a wide perspective to Grieg’s Norwegian peasant dances and ‘Lyric Pieces’, playing with vitality and haunting atmosphere. If Grieg is particularly well known for his Piano Concerto and for the luminous miniatures he etched as “Lyric Pieces”, the Bosnian-born pianist Ivana Gavrić here offers a much wider perspective […]

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KAPTAIN KOPTER : The Fabulous Twirly Birds – KFPK Radio LA, 13th September 1972 (CD)

As lead guitarist for late 60s US psychedelic visionaries Spirit, Randy California needs no introduction to serious rock fans. This tremendous live set was recorded for the L.A. radio station KPFK in September 1972 – the same month his wild solo debut appeared – and also features Larry ‘Fuzzy’ Knight on bass and Spirit’s legendary […]

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A dream system? Certainly is. Cello, Beveridge, LFD, Teac and yes, utterly appropriately upholding the UK, Boothroyd Stuart Meridian. Not a piece of Linn or Naim to be seen!

On the only forum I subscribe to, I was asked a question about my dream system. Here’s my reply. You’ll notice that some of the items are many years old. The plain fact is that in some instances, nothing, literally nothing made today can achieve the spectacularly wonderful sound from this bygone era. That type […]

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NAIM: ARO tonearm + Armageddon turntable power supply – test review. Stereophile Magazine.

Stuff that works, stuff that holds up/ The kind of stuff you don’t hang on the wall/ Stuff that’s real, stuff you feel/ The kind of stuff you reach for when you fall. Guy Clark’s paean to dependability, “Stuff That Works,” almost always makes me take a mental inventory of my own most favoritest things: […]

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CHALLENGE: Double-Blind Violin Test … can you pick the Strad?

Originally published 2012 Christopher Joyce writes: In the world of violins, the names Stradivari and Guarneri are sacred. For three centuries, violin-makers and scientists have studied the instruments made by these Italian craftsmen. So far no one has figured out what makes their sound different. But a new study now suggests maybe they aren’t so […]

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ROBERT PLANT ….. “is back to his bluesy roots as his latest project gears up to close the Womad festival. It seems he’s happy to put his rock god days behind him”

Tim Cumming writes:  I’m due to meet him in a Russian tea room in Primrose Hill, but find the man instead in the local wine shop, pondering the chiller cabinet. Across the road, there’s a café crowded with a half dozen pavement-cramming prams. He makes a joke about fertility cults – you could say he […]

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