Happy holidays, everyone. We at Copper wish all of you the very best. The past couple of seasons have obviously been tough on everyone, but we also have plenty to be thankful for.

    Show us your vintage, and maybe not-so-vintage gear! In the more than two years of doing Copper’s Audio Anthropology column, I’ve been surprised at how little photographic documentation exists for many audio components. If you have interesting gear and would like to share it with us, please send photos to [email protected].

    In this issue: Tom Methans pays tribute to the great Stephen Sondheim. Wayne Robins reviews Adele’s new 30 album. Anne E. Johnson finds great music from soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom and respects the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. J.I. Agnew begins a new series, Around the World in 80 Lathes, of the record-cutting variety, that is. Harris Fogel has a lot more photos from Capital Audiofest 2021. Unusual record covers? Rich Isaacs has them, well, covered. I ask: just what makes music good or bad, and offer some mini-reviews, for better or worse. Ken Kessler has another installment in his reel-to-reel tape series. Ray Chelstowski covers Eric Clapton’s new album, done during the lockdown.

    John Seetoo begins his coverage of the AES (Audio Engineering Society) Fall 2021 virtual show. WL Woodward asks: is rock and roll missing in action? Ivan Berger considers the knob with the misleading name. (It’s the Loudness control.) Andy Schaub revisits audiophile heaven. Rudy Radelic continues his deep dive into the music of Burt Bacharach. Russ Welton offers part two of his look at getting an ideal blend between speakers and subwoofers. B. Jan Montana continues his epic journey. Jack Flory goes to shop class. We round out the issue with some music therapy, easy listening, a Magic Brain, and an artistic nightingale.

    Staff Writers:

    J.I. Agnew, Ray Chelstowski, Cliff Chenfeld, Jay Jay French, Tom Gibbs, Roy Hall, Rich Isaacs, Anne E. Johnson, Don Kaplan, Ken Kessler, Don Lindich, Stuart Marvin, Tom Methans, B. Jan Montana, Rudy Radelic, Tim Riley, Wayne Robins, Ken Sander, John Seetoo, Dan Schwartz, Russ Welton, WL Woodward, Adrian Wu

    Contributing Editors:
    Ivan Berger, Steven Bryan Bieler, Jack Flory, Harris Fogel, Robert Heiblim, Steve Kindig, Ed Kwok, Alón Sagee, Andy Schaub, David Snyder, Bob Wood

    Cover:
    “Cartoon Bob” D’Amico

    Cartoons:
    James Whitworth, Peter Xeni

    Parting Shots:
    James Schrimpf, B. Jan Montana, Rich Isaacs (and others)

    Audio Anthropology Photos:
    Howard Kneller, Steve Rowell

    Editor:
    Frank Doris

    Publisher:
    Paul McGowan

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     – FD

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