Issue 73

Opening Salvo: Who Knows Where the Time Goes?
Welcome to Copper #73! While the saying, "days drag, years fly by" is annoying---it does seem to be true. Welcome to December:...
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Too Much Tchaikovsky: Collaborators
Nearly all the great creative musicians were good collaborators. It obviously worked for George Frideric Handel (1685–175). Eccentric country squire...
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Music, Audio, and Other Illnesses: Silence Isn't Silent, Redux
Let me tell you about Bernie Leadon. Bernie came to some notice in the late '60s, as a member, first,...
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The Audio Cynic: Immaterial Science
Back in Copper #66, I wrote a Cynic column entitled "Nothing New Under the Sun?"---and judging from the comments on...
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Quibbles and Bits: Information
6: “What do you want?” 2: “Information.” 6: “You won’t get it.” 2: “By hook or by crook, we will.”...
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Twisted Systems: Dylan, The Beatles, Mick Jagger, The Fugs, and John, Paul & Bingo
If I titled this story “The Strange Life & Times of Richard Alderson,” chances are: a)  My readers wouldn’t be...
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Vintage Whine: 50 Ways to Read a Record Part 8
In earlier installments of this series, we've focused upon the various types of phono cartridges---pickup cartridges, if you prefer. Though...
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Music'al Notes: Food, Wine, and Advice
One. When I moved to Manhattan in the mid-seventies things were not expensive, but I was almost always penniless. My...
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Off the Charts: Heart
In the late '60s, bassist Steve Fossen and guitarist Roger Fisher started a band called The Army, which changed its...
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Hand Picked: Stand Back
January 29th is not JUST my Mum's birthday, it's also the day, in 1983, that Stevie Nicks and then husband...
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Music to My Ears: Bessie Smith Part 2
I am always interested in transitory events whether they be political, biographical, or musical. The emergence of the blues as...
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Industry News: Monster and Sonos: Back in the News
Some companies seem to have a hard time staying out of the news: think Gibson, Sears, and Monster Products---which most...
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The Copper Interview: Tom Fine: New Mercury Living Presence Analog Releases Part 1
[Tom Fine is a second-generation audio engineer, specializing in mastering and analog-to-digital transfers. The son of audiophile pioneers C. Robert...
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Featured: Early Music in the Bay Area: Sackbuts and Crumhorns and Citterns...oh my!
It’s well-known for its fog, iconic bridge, wineries, redwood forests, and cable cars. It’s also known to early music enthusiasts...
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In My Room: 5400 Hours of Fun, Part 2
[Ken Fritz has abilities and ambition that put most of us to shame. Ken decided to build his own speakers—and...
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