After last year’s High End show in Munich, I filed a fairly brief report. This year’s show left me with more questions, and a lot more pictures. We’ll see how this goes, but I’d expect this year’s report to be at least a two-parter…perhaps even three.
Last year’s report mentioned “gloriously-beautiful weather.” Skip that this year: most days were overcast with the threat of rain, if not actual rain. Aside from that, Munich is still Munich: a curious mixture of the old—really old by American standards—and the stunningly-new, with stainless steel and glass everywhere. There is a whimsical side to the city, perhaps helped along by the prevalence of beer. Whatever the reason, I’ve never seen a food truck like this one at any US airport:
After a very gray beginning, the next morning was bright and clear. Morning temperatures were usually in the 40s (F), going up to 60 or so later in the day.
For anyone interested in audio history and technology, nothing compares to Silbatone. A Korean billionaire has one of the world’s foremost collections of important vintage gear, and ships some of the collection to show at every Munich show—at God knows how much in shipping costs. This was a group of early Western Electric drivers and horns, supplemented by a pair of ultra-rare Racon horns (the big square-mouthed recurved horns on the floor). Why are they so rare? They’re made of papier-mache’! Few have survived. As you’d expect, the sound was dynamic and sweet, if a tad limited on the top end.
At the end of day one, the trip back “home” showed the incredible contrasts of Munich, from this stunning skyscraper…
…to the Bavarian National Museum:
Part 2 of my Munich feature will be in the next issue of Copper.