Opening Salvo

    Sunset Over the Rocky Mountains

    Issue 145

    Recently we received an e-mail stating that “Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) as we have all known it will be no more.” I felt sadder and more disappointed than I thought I ever would be, though I suspected the news was coming. The show was a wonderful celebration of high-end audio and emblematic of why audiophiles do what we do. Show organizers Marjorie Baumert and Marcie Miller said, “Thank you for 17 years of friendship and support. It has meant more than you can possibly imagine.” The feeling is mutual.

    Copper is proud to introduce new contributor Larry Jaffee. He’s the author of the upcoming book, Resurrection: How Record Store Day Led to the Most Improbable Comeback of the 21st Century, slated for April 2022. Larry is also co-founder of Making Vinyl, a B2B conference on the rebirth of the vinyl manufacturing industry.

    In this issue: Anne E. Johnson profiles jazz violin legend Stuff Smith and the bedrock country music of Lefty Frizzell. Wayne Robins gets enthusiastic about some new New Orleans sounds. Ray Chelstowski interviews the masterful folk singer-songwriter Dar Williams. J.I. Agnew offers Part Two of his interview with Martin Theophilus and the mind-boggling Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording. Russ Welton ponders the principle of acoustic levitation. John Seetoo gives us Part One of his series on Christian music pioneer Phil Keaggy. Ken Sander enjoys some down time between tours. Rich Isaacs can’t live without more self-help records.

    Tom Gibbs reviews SACD remasters from King Crimson. B. Jan Montana moves ahead with his motorcycle journey to Sturgis, and Rudy Radelic continues his retrospective of keyboard wizard Lyle Mays. Cliff Chenfeld recommends some sweet summer songs. Ed Kwok concludes his comprehensive overview of achieving high-quality computer audio. Larry Jaffee rebuilds his vinyl collection. Russ Welton interviews the astoundingly talented guitarist and film composer Michael Baugh. Our Mindful Melophile, Don Kaplan, considers Mister Mister and the Misses. We conclude the issue with raw power, dancing daze, and dogged determination, and get to the point.

    Staff Writers:

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

    Contributing Editors:
    Ivan Berger, Steven Bryan Bieler, Harris Fogel, Robert Heiblim, Ken Kessler, Ed Kwok, Stuart Marvin, 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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