OPINIONS / MUSIC

THREE DOG NIGHT: Whatever happened to this classic 60s and 70s rock group?

Bob Smith says … What a cool band name. Three Dog Night whose name hopefully needs no explanation to most of you, formed in 1967 with the primary lineup being Danny Hutton, Cory Wells, and Chuck Negron. Jimmy Greenspoon, Joe Schermie, Michael Allsup and Floyd Sneed soon rounded out the group and they were set. […]

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THE FORGOTTEN GREAT CONDUCTORS: What ever happened to Monteux, Reiner, Munch, Szell and Ormandy? asks Tully Potter

They dominated the record catalogues of the 1950s and 1960s. Orchestras trembled at their every irate, intemperate word and record company executives scuttled to do their bidding. When the CD arrived, their recordings were again released in swathes. And then, like the dinosaurs, they suddenly disappeared. The once-mighty maestros Pierre Monteux, Fritz Reiner, Charles Munch, […]

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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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LINTON WEEKS: Whatever Happened To The Audiophile?

You may remember the type: Laid-back in an easy chair, soaking in Rachmaninoff, Reinhardt or the Rolling Stones, enveloped by the very best, primo, top-of-the-line stereo equipment an aficionado could afford. In robot-like, 1980s cadence, the audiophile could rattle off favorite components, which might include an all-tube Premier One power amp by conrad-johnson, a Sota […]

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StereOpus magazine – what happened?

Gentlemen. Do any of you remember this 1970s US-based magazine? Any idea what happened to it? Thanks. Audiophile print magazine published and edited by Thomas J. Norton & based in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA. Started out in 1975 and was advertised as a quarterly magazine, it primarily featured reviews of high end equipment with […]

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THE STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK: What happened?

Henry Hrebien writes … The Strawberry Alarm Clock………think about it. The…… Strawberry…… Alarm…… Clock. Now, what a bizarre name for a band. It seems kind of pseudo psychedelic as if the person who dreamed up this name never took acid but came up with a title after surmising what a psychedelic experience must be like […]

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NINA SIMONE: What Happened, Miss Simone? Episode #1 of 5

Inspired by the Oscar-nominated TV documentary, Alan Light’s biography draws on Nina Simone’s early diaries, rare interviews, childhood journals and input from her daughter Lisa Simone Kelly to paint a picture of the classically-trained pianist who became a soul legend, a leading civil rights activist and one of the most influential artists of our time. […]

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MAPLENOLL: What happened?

Freddy Benson writes … USA based company founded by production engineer and ex-fighter pilot Bob Dilger in the early 80’s when he agreed to take over a tiny division of the Coloney contracting company that manufactured an high end turntable/arm in exchange for consulting work he had done for them. Mr. Dilger simplified the design […]

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AUDIOCRAFT TONEARMS: What happened?

Leonard Patel writes … One of those Japanese audio engineering companies that have been making quality arms mostly for the home market. The predecessors to the current 4400 and 3300 were the 4000 (12″) and 3000 (9″), while structurally similar to the current versions they are not as configurable and were of an inferior build […]

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ACOUSTIC RESEARCH (AR) – What happened?

Michael Vronsky …. From time to time we wondered this too. This time though, we did a bit of searching and this is what we found: USA based producer of loudspeakers, founded in 1954 by Edgar Villchur, Henry Kloss, Malcolm Lowe and J. Anton Hoffman, and started out by producing acoustically suspended loudspeaker called the […]

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NINIA SIMONE: What Happened Miss Simone? (DVD+CD

Oscar® nominated documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?” is the story of Nina Simone’s life and career. Through archive interview and extensive performance footage, alongside new interviews with family, friends and colleagues, it paints a fascinating portrait of this complex and challenging artist. Nina Simone was many things: pianist, singer, songwriter, performer, civil rights campaigner, wife […]

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BEAT REVIEWS MAGAZINE: What happened?

Gentlemen, I write from Singapore. We had a magazine called ‘Beat Reviews’. Can you tell me what happened to them please? Thank you. Roy Tan Hello Roy and thank you. This what we found via audiotools.com. “Monthly English language print magazine published in Singapore by local high end retailer/importer/distributor Secondbeat PTE. Ltd., started in 2001 […]

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THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL: Whatever happened to them?

Erich Ising: The Lovin’ Spoonful is an American rock band which was popular during the mid-to late-1960s. Founded in New York City in 1965 by lead-singer/songwriter John Sebastian and guitarist Zal Yanovsky, it is best known for a number of hits which include “Summer in the City”, “Do You Believe In Magic”, “Did You Ever […]

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SPIRIT: Whatever happened to the late 60s band Spirit after their hit single “I Got A Line On You”?

Bob Smith provides an answer The members of Spirit all had successful careers that began long before the incarnation of “Spirit”. Drummer Ed Cassidy had been a part of some very noteable acts prior to the formation of Spirit, performing with Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, in addition to several giants of jazz. Following years on […]

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SAE Scientific Audio Electronics: What happened?

The above image of the mighty 2800 equaliser comes from HiFiEngine Hi guys. I own some of this excellent equipment. Never gone wrong and all bought from auction house. I can’t find out what happened to them. Can you shed any light please? Here is what we have been told: USA audio electronics manufacturer founded […]

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PS AUDIO: Then, something funny happened. I began to hear things others did not

When I first got interested in high-end audio in the prehistoric early 70s I was told I didn’t have an ear. I struggled to hear differences obvious to others and so I placed myself in a box with a label that read, “not a good listener”. Because I hadn’t an ear I relied upon those […]

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Xhadow Corp: What happened?

Hi guys. What can you tell me about Xhadow Corp please. I ask ‘cos I think it was involved with Chris Sommigovio who designed and/or built Stereovox interconnects which I still admire and use. Thanks. First, please note the correct spelling of the name of the joint founder. Information is sketchy. As far as we […]

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INFINITY TONEARMS: What happened?

Good afternoon. I am curious about Infinity tone arms. Is there any info you can offer please? Certainly. The first arms that the company sold were actually Infinity branded versions of the Forrmula 4 Tonearms but in the late 70’s it introduced a pivoted arm of it’s own manufacture that featured a carbon fibre arm […]

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BACKES & MULLER: What happened?

  Neil, hi. Years ago I read at least one report that they made truly great speakers.  I’ve only just recalled this in a rare moment of nostalgia. Can you shed any light please? We sniffed about a bit re this and consulted the unusual sources as the usual ones aren’t really that good on […]

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LINN: Exactly the way it happened folks: LP12 and a/b demonstrations

From and including the 1970s, Linn popularised the concept of the A-B demonstration. It was, on the face of it, a faultlessly logical ethos. It was adopted by reviewers and dealers alike, myself included. It was rumoured they had mystery shoppers in circulation, prepared to report back any deviation from the dogma. For a while […]

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