Welcome to Copper #74, the second of three December issues, and one of our biggest issues ever. We hope that those who celebrate it had a pleasant Hanukkah, and wish a very merry Christmas to those who celebrate. We’ve got a lot of great articles to keep you occupied while you’re off work—so, onward!

    We wrap up  John Seetoo’s Copper Interview with Tom Fine, discussing Tom’s remastering of Mercury Living Presence recordings for release on vinyl. Part one of the interview was in Copper #73.

    From our usual gang of geniuses: Larry Schenbeck provides suggestions for musical holiday giftsDan Schwartz is back, and tells us about a performance of Handel’s Messiah; Richard Murison has a fascinating cloak-and-dagger tale of the lost, final score by Beethoven; Jay Jay French tells us how Keith Richards will outlive us all (better living through chemistry?);  Roy Hall  remembers trade shows gone bad; Anne E. Johnson brings us lesser-known cuts from The PoliceChristian James Hand deconstructs the powerful “Killing in the Name” by Rage Against the MachineWoody Woodward brings us memories of Christmases past;  and I have a Christmas wish for the world of audiophilia, and wrap up the series on phono playback—for now.

    Industry News has what we hope will be the last negative mention of Gibson Brands; In My Room concludes the story of  Ken Fritz’s massive speaker/listening room project.

    Anne is back with a Something Old/Something New look at recent recordings of Couperin; Woody is also back with a holiday short story; and our friend Tom Methans is back with a celebrity close encounter of the canine kind.

    Copper #74 wraps up with winter warmth from Charles Rodrigues, and a Parting Shot from way out west.

    Enjoy, and we’ll see you at the end of the year!

    Cheers, Leebs.

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