Welcome to Copper #65! I’m back from the California Audio Show in the Bay area, and the first feature on the show is in this issue, here. I didn’t see any of the many, awful fires in California—but much of the country is tinder-dry, and I hope you’ll manage to stay cool. After all, the classic short story “August Heat” concluded: “But the heat is stifling. It is enough to send a man mad.” (If you’d care to listen to a rather campy 1945 radio adaptation starring Ronald Colman, you can listen to it here.)
There’ll be a second feature on CAS in Copper #66, and you’ll read about a side-trip or two (hint: they involved records and guitars).
Larry Schenbeck starts the issue with an interview with classical recording engineer and producer Bert van der Wolf; Dan Schwartz details what it takes for a bass player to go low; Richard Murison explores the baffling quandary of perception versus reality; Jay Jay French pays a visit to fellow Copper contributor Ken Kessler; Roy Hall pays a poignant visit to the Sinai; and I look at the importance of that dang box, and the different ways of playing records.
Every once in a while I do something as Editor—just because I can. So when Anne E. Johnson proposed a piece on deep tracks from The Who, one of my all-time favorite bands, I asked our resident record-analyst Christian James Hand to put together a piece on a Who song. cjh obliged with an astounding track by track breakdown of “Who Are You?“—and if you didn’t appreciate that monster song before, you will after reading and listening to Christian. Let me know how you like the Who-fer twofer. If the response is positive, we may do similar pairings again in the future.
Speaking of monsters: Industry News looks at the increasingly-bizarre trajectory of Monster Products, and the IPO and future of Sonos.
Woody Woodward is still on sabbatical, and will return in a few issues.
Thanks for reading. See you soon!