Opening Salvo

Happy Holidays!

It’s hard to know what to say under most circumstances these days, but especially at this time of year. Good intentions often fall upon offended ears.

Well, that’s just too damned bad.

Thanks to my surname, I often receive wishes of  “Happy Hannukah!” Am I offended by that, having  been raised an über-WASP Episcopal Goy? Nah. I appreciate the effort, and often up the ante with a “Chag Urim Sameach!”—though generally a suitable response is just, “thanks, and same to you.”

My point is that in an angry world, it doesn’t help to respond to misplaced good intentions with hostility, and is just plain cruel. There’s enough of that going around as it is.

Whoever you are, whatever your faith or lack of one, I wish you well. So: a blessed Mawlid an-Nabi, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah/Chanukah, a blessed Jule/Yuul, Happy Kwanzaa, and whatever there is that I may have missed. Can’t we all just get along?

I’m happy to present a very full holiday issue. Our present to audiophiles everywhere is the beginning of a series on audio cable design by Belden engineer Galen Gareis, with an assist from our Gautam Raja.

Columns? Yep, our regulars are all here:

Larry Schenbeck looks at oboe quartets; Dan Schwartz continues his series on what makes a bass a bassRichard Murison continues his series on music-management software Music BrainzJay Jay French continues the ‘67 Psychedelic Shootout with a look at still more Brit Psychedelics; Duncan Taylor brings us the sister group, SHELRoy Hall remembers how sometimes clothes do make the man; Anne E. Johnson introduces British folkies Matthew and the Atlas ; our own resident Santa, Woody Woodward, just ain’t feeling it; Dan McCauley presents his exhaustive (and maybe exhausting) list of 2017’s 100 best albums; and I open a big, heavy box of the past, and have the sad duty to report the passing of yet another audio industry friend and colleague, Charley Hansen.

Industry News revisits Sears, Thiel, Classe’, and Gibson: the stories that just wouldn’t go away.

Looking at the holidays, Fred Schwartz has a very personal take on the music of Christmas, and new contributor Steve Folberg looks at the music of Hanukkah—and some of it is pretty hot stuff!

Copper #48 concludes with another classic audio cartoon from Charles Rodrigues, and a Parting Shot from Richard Murison.

Happy Holidays to all, and we’ll see you next year!

Cheers, Leebs.