Nelson Pass Blues

    Issue 156

    To the tune of Creeque Alleyby the Mamas & the Papas

    John and Mikey were gettin’ kind of itchy
    Lookin’ to leave the Linns behind
    Gordon and Harry workin’ for a penny
    Huntin’ for a Goldmund to audition.
    In a coffee house Steve G. sat
    And after every espresso he’d pass the hat
    Rocky Mountain Audio Fest going bye bye, In Denver, was where it was at
    And no one’s got an A in class except for Nelson Pass.

    Luke and EveAnna, you know there aren’t many, but Skull and “La Femme d’Amour,”
    (French, that is),
    Who can sing a song the way that you do, let’s use a Nagra D and make an LP, John,
    Art says, “Golly, don’t you think that I wish, I could play guitar like you, Doc Watson?”
    Rick, Jerry, and Damian (not the spawn) listening (at Audible),
    And after every CD spun they’d pass the hat,
    Sterling (Trayle) and Michael (Trei) still a calibratin’
    Drew Baird must “Cary” on, you know where he has dragons.
    And no one’s gettin’ PRaT except Nelson Pass.


    Pass was at Threshold, planned to go to Spectral (not really),
    But felt a Field Effect Transformation (got FET’ed),
    Standin’ on the turnpike, thumb out to hitchhike, saying,
    “Take me to Sea Cliff right away, baby”
    When Russ (Goddard, “Audible” owner) met Pass, he gave him only one choice: preamps,
    Called Gordon and Harry and that was with Maggies;
    Ivor, Spencer, and Dorothy couldn’t get that midrange, baby.
    But that’s what they were aimin’ at

    La la la

    And everyone likes Class A especially Nelson Pass.

    Pass Labs XA60.8 mono power amplifier. It delivers 60 watts of Class A power into 8 ohms.


    Slick Low Billy, on an audio quest, wow and flutter, big bumps,
    “Don’t you track at 4.0 grams!”, says Mr Carr (“Here’s Johnny!”),
    Make up, break up, everything is shake up (Immediately),
    And it’s the end of the world as we know it,
    Guess it had to be that way,
    And I feel fine.
    The Mountain did indeed come to HP, not the other way (“I heard it backwards in a Pink Floyd song”).

    The coast is never really that blue, consider your New Age Cookie’s,
    Hana SLs just a catchin’ fire, Quad-DSD will be all right,
    In Denver you know the In-N-Out Burglar, animal style with heavy mods.

    And everybody’s gettin’ tats except Nelson Pass.

    La la la

    JFETs, MOSFETs, Boba Fett’s, whoa,
    Broke, busted, disgusted, the source just blew through the gate (tech talk, baby),
    Some like the donuts in Portland,
    I like the affable audio dudes, all Brents and Jeff and The Doors of Perception;
    Bacon and mango crullers for me.
    Full steam ahead, damn the torpedoes.
    It’s a naval analogy.
    Just don’t rock the boat, baby, “don’t turn the boat over…”
    Paul’s (McGowan-McCartney) good vibrations (Brian) and our imaginations,
    Can go on indefinitely
    And California dreamin’ is becomin’ a reality (Neil Young, baby),

    “Hey Dude!”

    And no one got an A in class except Nelson Pass.

    “1 2 3 4 5 6 7 …
    … all Keith Johnsons go to Spectral …”

    Cristal, Maybach, Gaga and Madonna on Spotify

    Ya ya ya

    “It’s all dark, actually…”

    Header image: The Mamas & the Papas promo photo.

    2 comments on “Nelson Pass Blues”

    1. Nelson Pass is a Class A act. Very little marketing, sharing his design philosophies, even designing very inexpensive amp and preamp kits that sound incredible. How much more could you want from an Audio designer?

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