Issue 74

Opening Salvo: Happy Holidays!
Welcome to Copper #74, the second of three December issues, and one of our biggest issues ever. We hope that those who...
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Too Much Tchaikovsky: Stocking Stuffers 2018
It’s that time of year again; maybe you’re still in need of a few things. And so I’m offering this...
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Music, Audio, and Other Illnesses: Messiah
On Sunday, December 9th, my family and I went to Los Angeles’s Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, to...
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The Audio Cynic: All I Want For Christmas...
...is Peace. And no, I don't even mean the large-scale, unobtainable kind of peace involved in the World Order. I...
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Quibbles and Bits: Beethoven’s Last Christmas
In 1825 and 1826, Ludwig van Beethoven was nearing the end of his life. He had fallen ill, was bedridden...
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Twisted Systems: Keith Richards Will Still Be Here When You Are Gone
This article is about preservation. No one exemplifies this more than the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist, Keith Richards. Oh, sure,...
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Vintage Whine: 50 Ways to Read a Record Part 9
In Copper #73 we discussed an interesting but purely theoretical  method of scanning phonograph records with a laser. We're about...
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Music'al Notes: Trade Shows
Politics. “Roy, I need you to be on your best behavior,” said my friend Tony who worked for Epos Acoustics,...
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Off the Charts: The Police
For some reason, The Police are best known today for two particularly creepy songs: “Don’t Stand So Close to Me,”...
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Hand Picked: Killing In The Name
At this point, you might be forgiven for thinking that I am picking bands for my piece JUST to piss...
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Music to My Ears: Christmas and Us
When I was a kid, on Christmas Eve I heard my parents taking presents from an unused room next to...
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Something Old / Something New: François Couperin
The Year of Couperin is drawing to a close. What, you haven’t celebrated François Couperin’s 350th birthday yet? There’s still...
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Industry News: Gibson to Close Memphis Factory
Regular readers of Copper, and especially of Industry News, have no doubt noticed that Ye Increasingly-Olde Editor has an obsessive streak big enough...
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The Copper Interview: Tom Fine: New Mercury Living Presence Analog Releases Part 2
[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: Val and Ed...and Amy
How would you react if you were suddenly face-to-face with one of your idols? I hope you'd be more prepared...
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Fiction: Billy's Elf
Billy toed a piece of frozen ground into the sewer down the street from his house and thought the same...
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In My Room: 5400 Hours of Fun, Part 3
[We previously featured Ken Fritz's amazing speaker and listening room project in Copper #72 and #73. We'll wrap up now...
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