Opening Salvo

All Fingers on Deck

Welcome to Copper #89!

I hope you emerged from the 4th (Independence Day, for our friends around the world) with all digits intact. By now, you’ve undoubtedly noticed some changes in the mag’s appearance. Over the next several months we’ll be instituting changes that will make Copper read more like a regular magazine, and will ultimately make the mag easier to navigate, and binge-read.

These things happen in baby steps—so please bear with us, and thanks for your patience.

Dan Schwartz looks at the sound of music; Richard Murison looks at our dream-state; Jay Jay French takes a sideways look at the influence of gospel music; Roy Hall hobnobs with the rich and sorta-famous; Anne E. Johnson’s Off the Charts brings us some of Etta Jamesmore obscure cuts; Woody Woodward is back with part 3 of his treatise on Django Reinhardt, and on a related subject, Anne’s Trading Eights looks at Stéphane Grappelli. I look at the perils of age in The Audio Cynic, and in Vintage Whine, we look at yet another side of Fairchild. That last piece, incidentally, introduces J.I. Agnew, who will soon be contributing a column to Copper on all things analog—and maybe much more.

We’ve also got a feature from our friend, veteran speaker designer Ken Kantor, who will also be starting a new column soon. I’m excited to bring these unique talents to you.

Copper #89 wraps up with Charles Rodrigues offering choicesand an unusual Parting Shot from our friend Rudy Radelic.

Enjoy the issue, and stay cool!

Cheers, Leebs.