Opening Salvo

One Hundred Issues and Counting!

This holiday season marks a major milestone for the magazine – the 100th issue of Copper! I’m thrilled to be a part of it (and have been reading it since Issue 1) and give boundless thanks to everyone who has made it happen. Of course, it couldn’t have happened without you, our readers. Thanks for your support, comments, criticism, encouragement and enthusiasm.

On a somber note: Ken Ishiwata, the legendary Marantz engineer and brand advocate, has passed away at age 72. He was well known in the audio community for his tireless efforts in promoting Marantz and for putting his stamp on a long list of exceptional products. Although he had recently left the company, Mr. Ishiwata was a long-time international ambassador for Marantz, having been with the firm in various capacities since 1978. RIP to an industry titan.

Errata: through no one’s fault but mine, J.I. Agnew’s piece on the 1/4-inch tape format in this issue should have appeared in Issue 99. Sorry about the short between the headphones, J.I.

Credit: thank you Frank Schramm for the new headshot.

All of us at Copper wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!

In this issue: For Issue 100 Roy Hall tells a remarkable story about Erna, Holocaust survivor – and now 100 years old. Tom Gibbs takes another look at some of the most noteworthy records he’s reviewed. Richard Murison contemplates his time writing for Copper – and much longer than that. Professor Larry Schenbeck begins the first of a major series on Beethoven and comments on a work from a young Haydn. We revisit a piece from Dan Schwartz on microphones and sonic truthfulness. We have a special drawing from Cartoon Bob, and James Whitworth’s cartoon asks whether you’ve been bad or good this audio season.

Anne E. Johnson isn’t fooling around with articles on Talking Heads and Guillaume Dufay. Bob Wood feels the heat telling us about his stint at KRIZ-AM in Phoenix. J.I. Agnew offers variations on a theme of 1/4-inch tape. John Seetoo continues his interview with live sound audio legend John Mayer. Jay Jay French takes a sabbatical from his sabbatical with a Bob Dylan concert review. Woody Woodward gifts us a heartfelt Christmas story. I offer part two of our 2019 New York Audio Show report. Audio Anthropology is in there for good measure. Finally, our California dreamin’ Parting Shot is from B. Jan Montana.