Copper


Copper at 3: the Writers Speak!

Issue 80FEATURED

In the beginning, the idea that Copper would survive three issues seemed far-fetched. But three years? Inconceivable! The biggest joy of the whole process has been working with a remarkable group of writers, many of whom...

...And Now We Are Three

Issue 80FEATURED

Back in my younger days—say, the fall of 2015—Paul McGowan came to me and spoke six fateful words: “I want to do a magazine.” I don’t recall my exact response, but...

Van Cliburn

Issue 81FEATURED

In 1958, the Soviet Union announced its “First International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition”. The idea was to showcase that, in addition to being superior to the west in technology and military...

The Florida Audio Expo

Issue 79FEATURED

I lived on the Gulf coast of Florida for 15 years, and even worked for an audio manufacturer there—VAC, in Sarasota. In spite of that—or perhaps because of that—when I...

Audio Love

Issue 78FEATURED

I know exactly when my love of audio began  ̶  maybe not the day, date, or hour, but the man who gave me the priceless gift. It wasn’t a salesman,...

Vade’s Recommended Reviewer Guidelines

Issue 77FEATURED

Part of the fun of being an audiophile is reading reviews of audio gear. I’ve read audio reviews for 60 years, starting with Stereo Review, leading to Gordon Holt’s Stereophile and Harry Pearson’s The...

Joan Rivers: Yutz, or Audiophile Hero?

Issue 76FEATURED

More often than not, it used to be that weekday mornings I would be rushing around, behind schedule, trying to get out the door to get to work. Since I...

Records as Time Machines

Issue 76FEATURED

  After years of experience as a producer and engineer, I’ve come to expect the unexpected—even with something as familiar as the sound of my own  grandfather’s voice. Astute listeners...

“When Did THEY Do THIS To US?”

Issue 75FEATURED

The other day I had the opportunity to meet with a local journalist who anchors one of the local TV morning news programs. He had been trying to upgrade the...

The 50 Best Albums of 2018

Issue 75FEATURED

For me, 2018 was a blur, and seemed to pass faster than any other year before. Was it the politics? Was it work? Friends and Family? No idea. In all...

Top Dog

Issue 75FEATURED

[There is no sexism intended by use of “man” in this piece. Luckily for the survival of humanity, insanely destructive competitive behavior is primarily, if not uniquely, a male trait....

Val and Ed…and Amy

Issue 74FEATURED

How would you react if you were suddenly face-to-face with one of your idols? I hope you’d be more prepared than I was on that day in 1984. I remember...

Early Music in the Bay Area: Sackbuts and Crumh...

Issue 73FEATURED

It’s well-known for its fog, iconic bridge, wineries, redwood forests, and cable cars. It’s also known to early music enthusiasts as a world-class early music research center, for being home...

AES NYC 2018

Issue 72FEATURED

Since coming into existence 70 years ago and still going strong, the Audio Engineering Society has hosted conventions that have become  must-see/hear events for anyone involved in the audio industry, especially on...

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2018 Part 2

Issue 71FEATURED

As pointed out in the last issue of Copper, the biggest news at RMAF 2018 had to do with the new venue for 2019. But that doesn’t mean that there was nothing new...

BASS! How Low Can You Go? (Or: Another Take on ...

Issue 71FEATURED

This article’s title was taken from the great Chuck D who reprised his vocals for the 1991 Public Enemy/Anthrax video “Bring the Noise,” one of the earliest Rap/Rock partnerships along...

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2018 Part 1

Issue 70FEATURED

The biggest news of the 2018 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest was, oddly, about the 2019 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. After 15 years at the Denver Marriott Tech Center, the show...

Monterey Auto Week Part 2

Issue 70FEATURED

[We began Rich’s tale of Auto Week in Copper #69, and reluctantly conclude it here. Many thanks to Rich for allowing us non-gazillionaires to dream, if only for a little while—Ed.] While Werks is...

Monterey Auto Week Part 1

Issue 69FEATURED

“The Pebble Beach car show is this weekend,” followed a little later by, “It’s all a bunch of stuck up, rich assholes.”  If you’re the person sitting behind me and...

CEDIA 2018

Issue 68FEATURED

San Diego is famous as a nice place to live, mostly because of its weather.  Recently, it’s become more crowded than LA, so it’s far less nice than it used...

Wine Like Grandpa Used to Make

Issue 67FEATURED

When I told Editor Bill Leebens that I write about wine for a living, he wanted exciting, off-the-wall stories about my day job. Such anecdotes might have been more common...

Customers Behaving Badly

Issue 65FEATURED

Customer: “There’s a violin in it.” Sales Manager: “What did you say?” “I just heard a beautiful piece of music on the radio. It had a violin in it. I...

Gut Punches and Heavenly Strains

Issue 62FEATURED

A few years ago, my old Spica TC-50s finally came to the end of the line. John Bau’s brilliantly constructed wedges from New Mexico could have lasted a bit longer, but the tweeters were...

Bird Brains

Issue 62FEATURED

Acclaimed British biographer Jenny Uglow has published a new study of Edward Lear, that eccentric Victorian whose playful verse has always delighted children, and the child in all of us. Lear was...

Restoring a Historic Pipe Organ on a Budget

Issue 61FEATURED

[John Seetoo‘s interview with Kamel Boutros appeared in Copper #60. This article goes into the details of some of Boutros’ work at the historic Calvary Episcopal Church in New York–-Ed.] Calvary Episcopal Church was founded in...

Counting Butterflies

Issue 63FEATURED

I used to be a moderator of a now-defunct Indian bicycling forum called Bikeszone. BZ, as it was called, was the epicenter of the burgeoning recreational cycling movement in India....

You May See Me Tonight With an Illegal Tweak

Issue 61FEATURED

As I threatened to do in my last column , I wrote a long review on power conditioners and power cords. What I left out of that story though, because I ran out of...

Another Look at Axpona

Issue 58FEATURED

What did Rudy find interesting at this year’s show? The 2018 AXPONA show has come and gone. In its new digs at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, the show has hosted more exhibitors...

Show Report: Axpona 2018

Issue 57FEATURED

Normally, I’d think twice about visiting Chicago in April—winter has a way of ignoring the calendar around Lake Michigan, and those April showers are often white and fluffy. The lure...

Show Report: Montréal Audio Fest

Issue 56FEATURED

When Editor Leebs asked me to do a show report for the Montréal Audio Fest, I thought nothing of it. I’ll be going anyway, so why not just take some notes and write...

I. Don't. Know.

Issue 55FEATURED

I’ve been involved in theater most of my life—my parents ran an amateur English theater group, performing everything from David Mamet to William Shakespeare to Neil Simon to Harold Pinter...

Cables: Speaker Cable Design, Part 2

Issue 56FEATURED

Part 1 of this article in the previous issue ended with the design brief for conductors in a speaker cable. I described why I chose a star-quad geometry using a  20-mil wire...

Cables: Speaker Cable Design, Part 1

Issue 55FEATURED

In this series, we've discussed the basics of audio cable design (Part 1 Part 2 Part 3), RCA and XLR interconnect design, and now we look at speaker cables. These...

Cables: XLR Interconnect Design

Issue 54FEATURED

In the previous article in this series, we discussed the design of an RCA interconnect, and how it’s important to have a good coaxial cable design in place before designing...