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Playing the Back Holes

One of my favorite motorcycling buddies, Ralph, invited me over yesterday…

Role Models

Roy Hall’s article in the last issue triggered some disquieting school…

Koss: the Granddaddy of Audiophile Headphones

As listening to music on headphones and earbuds has become…

A Conversation With Mark O’Brien of Rogue Audio

Rogue Audio manufactures a wide range of tube, solid-state and…

Nils Lofgren – A Retrospective Look at a Musician’s Musician

Once upon a time, I was a young assistant manager…

Totally Transparent

When it comes to conversation, occasionally we may preface what…

Groove Essentials: Four80East

This story began with hamsters and a squeak toy over…

The Flow of Influences On Buying Equipment

What influences the equipment you buy? Make no mistake, none…

More of My Favorite Things

In addition to the recordings I included in the first…

All About That Bass

When I moved to Seattle in 1980 I lived in…

Small Town Charm, Big Town Music: My Father’s Place

Bruce Springsteen frequently sings about the grit and hardships of…

Fully Armed

Once we have established a firm base for our turntable,…

The Boganyi Piano

Born into a musical family in 1974, Gergely Boganyi was…

Son Of 10 More Forgotten Artists

Again with the self-indulgence: Of late, I’ve been listening to…

Death Of The Brand

The term “brand” is thrown around pretty indiscriminately these days.…

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

I freely admit that I am a nerd. Aside from…

London Calling

Ending this series with a description of the UK hi-fi…

Points Of Pickup

The point of contact between the cartridge’s generator system and…

Subwoofery: Trick or Treat?

Part 2 – “Fast” bass? Really??? … … Just when…

Who Are The Modern Audiophiles?

I recently read this piece on industry website Dealerscope Magazine,…

Amplified & Equalized

Having generated a few milli- or micro-volts by our humble…

Wait A Minute!

We interrupt our regularly scheduled Subwoofery series for a Special…

Subwoofery: Smooth Operator?

Our last entry ended with this statement – “No matter…

Subwoofery: Location, Location, Location

The Listening Position: This series was implemented to assist music-loving…

Talking Direct

Back in my pre-teen youth, I had an undying love…

Subwoofery: The Basics

In Copper #18, we addressed the critical importance of getting…

That Listening Thing

I’ve been thinking lately about close listening, and the way…

iTunes Goes Classical

Those of us who are Classical Music fans are used…

Do You Even DIY, Bro?

Darren Myers’ Make It Yourself articles, run in Copper issues…

Understanding the Analog Obsession

“I don’t need no bike that don’t need me!” Harley…

Subwoofery: The Finale

Electronic Adjustments  Ok, now that we’ve accomplished the bassic (pun…

Objective? Subjective? Who Cares?

Part 1: Human Nature. We just don’t get no respect,…

Objective? Subjective? Who Cares? Part 2

Part 2: Testing 1, 2, 3. Forget the stories and…

DPT: Three Critical Steps To Maximize Musical Engagement

It was about 7 years ago. I was voicing a…

Revenge of Son of Forgotten Artists Strikes Back!

No fear of running out of great musicians who may…

ACK Attack is BACK!!

ACK Attack for serious listeners, part one – [You may…

Science vs. Soul

When do the best measurements NOT yield the best musical…

CES: Images Only

I’ve editorialized about CES in the past, starting way back…

In Praise of Domestic Tranquility

You’d think I had promoted Two Buck Chuck over Chateau…

Vinyl: Vivid or Veiled?

You probably know that the vinyl LP is enjoying an…

Audio Myths

I’ve been involved with audio technology since the 1960s, and…

Something to Talk About

Recently, I was thinking about the many topics that my…

“CNC” Moving Magnet Cartridge Phono Stage Conclusion

In issues 21 and 23, we featured a DIY phonostage…

That Cartoon Guy

As we arrive at our first anniversary, it’s fair to…

Kirin Light at the Buddha Bar

A group of audiophiles were enjoying lunch in La Jolla…

The Answer Man

Your questions – My answers Following up from Copper #…

The Answer Man
Part 2

Your Questions – My Answers, continued Continuing our look at…

Simple Acoustics,
Complicated Spouses

When I was a teenager, I told a girl that…

Professor Schenbeck Goes to a Show

Last month I was in Montréal for a professional meeting…

What’s the Warmth in Tube Amps?

Why are we, as audiophiles, entranced by the reproduction of…

More Q & A on Getting Better Sound

Continuing with our questions & answers series, I have two…

Becoming a Curd Nerd

When I was eleven years old, Santa left a fondue…

Axpona: Up Your Game, Exhibitors!

While watching Stereophile’s video of 2017 CES impressions, Peter McGrath…

Audiophile Therapy

Do you remember that special feeling on the way home…

The Return of Even More Neglected Artists!

Due to a “senior moment,” I missed the “thirties” in…

A Dedicated Listening Room

Even if you want and can afford a dedicated room,…

Munich!

When is a show not a show? When it’s a…

Schwartz Tours the LA Audio Show

I had about half a day, Friday, at the Los…

Montana Goes to the LA Audio Show

The LAX Sheraton (shown above with my good friend Jim…

What’s Always the Most Important Component in Your System?

I’ve lost count of the number of homes I’ve visited…

EQ, DSP, & You:
A Cautionary Tale

Some of this info was presented in the Copper Subwoofery…

Has Music All Been Downhill Since 1969?

Some 30 years ago, I was involved in a debate…

WAF

Controversy Corner ?

Part One:  Past 50? Is your hearing still good enough…

Mistakes

If you’re human, you make mistakes. Sometimes they are driven…

High-End Audio: In Need of Higher Fidelity to Itself?

Musings from a long-time listener upon entering the hi-fi industry…

The California Audio Show Part 1

The Ninth California Audio Show took place July 26-28 at…

The California Audio Show Part 2

Part 1 of my report on the California Audio Show…

Spiking Your Speakers: What’s the Point?

Before we get started, a big IMO should go in…

I Scream, You Scream—For Gelato? Sorbet?

The freezer section at the local grocery store is only…

Out of Control

This article was first published in the Dubai-based English daily…

The Death of High-End Audio?

We’ve all seen and heard the discussions concerning the so-called…

A Critical Listener

   

Welcome to the Smoke on the Water Jungle Sweet Paranoid War-Pig Child o’ Mine

Imagine John Cleese with a red dot on his forehead,…

The Beauty of Song
Part 1

The magic of classical song springs from the fact that…

The Beauty of Song
Part 2

[In the last issue of Copper, Jason Victor Serinus introduced…

Always Be Closing

Maybe You Should Pick THAT One….

Not Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting

The popularity of martial arts has grown exponentially in the…

LP Playback: Is It Really Reference-Quality?

Is it truly superior if it has not one, but…

CEDIA

The Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association — better known…

Hi-Fis, Cars, and Planes

This Zenith portable stereo is the first stereo I remember…

Tainted Judgment

Confidence

Digital vs. Analog,
Ad Nauseum

“What If Digital Had Never Happened?” writes Steve Guttenberg in the…

RMAF Preview

In a year that’s seen some ups and downs in…

Analogic

A wise man once said “the most difficult thing that…

Classic Album Sundays

The heart of Classic Album Sundays is built around a…

Confessions of a Beleaguered Music Fan

While most Copper readers are fans of different types of…

The Agony of the Leaves

I’d never heard the phrase “the agony of the leaves”…

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2017

RMAF this year was back to full size, with the…

The Two Most Important People in the World

Let’s call my audio-show buddy Gavin. I first met him…

Southern Italian Wines:
A Walk on the Wild Side, Part 1

It’s a Malbec world out there. Once upon a time,…

Southern Italian Wines:
A Walk on the Wild Side, Part 2

Last time out Part 1 launched our safari through the…

Diminished Capacity

Sound Synonyms

Singles? Or LPs?

We often feel that we haven’t fully grasped a musician’s…

Everybody’s a Critic

Jambox

Torque

The house just down the hill was having a lawn…

Southern Italian Wines, Part 3: Of Gods, Monsters, and Volcanoes

The wine history of Sicily, like that of most of…

So This is Christmas…

“So this is Christmas”, sings John Lennon, “And what have…

Cables: Time is of the Essence, Part 1

[If there’s a name that’s synonymous with wire and cables…

“Go Tell Veronica…” – A Brief, Superficial Glimpse into Hanukkah Music

Adam Sandler, in his impish introduction on Saturday Night Live…

Cables: Time is of the Essence, Part 2

[In the last issue of Copper, we began a series…

Cables: Time is of the Essence, Part 3

[We began this series of articles by Belden engineer Galen…

Cables: RCA Interconnects

There is no magic to good cables; it is adherence…

No, Not John Entwistle

As Real As It Gets

I Got Your 3-Way Right Here

…But It’s An Honor!

CES: A Look Around

Our little world is categorized as “High-Performance Audio” (HPA) by…

Schwartz Does NAMM

I’ve just been to my 41st NAMM show. I’ve only…

QED, Bitches!!

Agnostics are often assumed to be wishy-washy—that they dither and…

I…Buried…Paul….

Thicker, Stronger….

What Happened?

Desert Island 1

Desert Island 2

Cables: XLR Interconnect Design

In the previous article in this series, we discussed the…

Cables: Speaker Cable Design, Part 1

In this series, we’ve discussed the basics of audio cable…

Cables: Speaker Cable Design, Part 2

Part 1 of this article in the previous issue ended…

I. Don’t. Know.

I’ve been involved in theater most of my life—my parents…

Show Report: Montréal Audio Fest

When Editor Leebs asked me to do a show report…

Show Report: Axpona 2018

Normally, I’d think twice about visiting Chicago in April—winter has…

Another Look at Axpona

What did Rudy find interesting at this year’s show? The…

A Tough Sell

Busted!

It’s All In The Materials

You May See Me Tonight With an Illegal Tweak

As I threatened to do in my last column , I…

Counting Butterflies

I used to be a moderator of a now-defunct Indian…

Restoring a Historic Pipe Organ on a Budget

[John Seetoo‘s interview with Kamel Boutros appeared in Copper #60.…

The Painful Truth

Testing 1

Testing, 2

Bird Brains

Acclaimed British biographer Jenny Uglow has published a new study…

Gut Punches and Heavenly Strains

A few years ago, my old Spica TC-50s finally came…

Simply Vicious

Is It Live, Or…?

Going Fast

Seriously Out of Phase

Customers Behaving Badly

Customer: “There’s a violin in it.” Sales Manager: “What did…

Wine Like Grandpa Used to Make

When I told Editor Bill Leebens that I write about…

CEDIA 2018

San Diego is famous as a nice place to live,…

Monterey Auto Week Part 1

“The Pebble Beach car show is this weekend,” followed a…

Monterey Auto Week Part 2

[We began Rich’s tale of Auto Week in Copper #69,…

BASS! How Low Can You Go? (Or: Another Take on RMAF)

This article’s title was taken from the great Chuck D…

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2018 Part 1

The biggest news of the 2018 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest…

AES NYC 2018

Since coming into existence 70 years ago and still going…

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2018 Part 2

As pointed out in the last issue of Copper, the…

Early Music in the Bay Area: Sackbuts and Crumhorns and Citterns…oh my!

It’s well-known for its fog, iconic bridge, wineries, redwood forests,…

Val and Ed…and Amy

How would you react if you were suddenly face-to-face with…

Top Dog

[There is no sexism intended by use of “man” in…

The 50 Best Albums of 2018

For me, 2018 was a blur, and seemed to pass…

“When Did THEY Do THIS To US?”

The other day I had the opportunity to meet with…

Joan Rivers: Yutz, or Audiophile Hero?

More often than not, it used to be that weekday…

Vade’s Recommended Reviewer Guidelines

Part of the fun of being an audiophile is reading…

Records as Time Machines

After years of experience as a producer and engineer, I’ve…

Don’t Call Them Q-Tips

How About THX 1138?

Don’t Even Think About It

Scratchy Sound

Audio Love

I know exactly when my love of audio began  ̶ …

The Florida Audio Expo

I lived on the Gulf coast of Florida for 15…

…And Now We Are Three

Back in my younger days—say, the fall of 2015—Paul McGowan…

Van Cliburn

In 1958, the Soviet Union announced its “First International Tchaikovsky…

Copper at 3: the Writers Speak!

In the beginning, the idea that Copper would survive three…

How to Not Market Speakers

What’s Next?

Multipath Distortion

Sofar

I recently stumbled across an article naming the 30 best…

Montréal Audio Fest

The 2019 edition of the Montréal Audio Fest took place…

Axpona 2019, Part 1

Mid-April in Chicago once again presents us with Axpona, one…

Axpona 2019, Part 2

[Part 1 of Rudy’s Axpona report was in Copper #…

363 Days in Vietnam, Part 1

Most of what the average person knows about the Vietnam…

363 Days in Vietnam, Part 2

[Our first installment from Michael’s book, 363 Days in Vietnam,…

363 Days in Vietnam, Part 3

[Previous installments from Michael’s book, 363 Days in Vietnam, appeared…

363 Days in Vietnam, Part 4

[Previous installments from Michael’s book, 363 Days in Vietnam, appeared…

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2019: A Fan’s Minutes

Some of my biggest regrets come from agreeing to social…

Fretting and Harping About Guitars

When I was a teenager in New York during the…

Munich, Part 1

After last year’s High End show in Munich, I filed…

Munich, Part 2

For all its admirable efficiency, there are some peculiar oversights…

Munich, Part 3

Ready for another day at the Munich High End, looking…

THE Show 2019, Part 1

It was difficult to convince members of the San Diego…

THE Show 2019, Part 2

[Part 1 of Jan Montana’s report appeared in Copper #87—Ed.]…

Munich, Part 4

[Previous installments of our Munich coverage have appeared in Copper…

What Is It To You?

Rock and roll music – the music of freedom frightens…

A Visit to a Linkwitz Open House

As the second day of the 2019 California Audio Show…

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019

Things change. That’s inevitable, and occasionally, it is for the…

AES NYC 2019

For over 70 years, the Audio Engineering Society has been…

Capital Audiofest 2019 Show Report

I’ve known about Capital Audiofest but hadn’t gone until this…

Potent Potable

Pretentious! (No, Progressive)

(An Introduction to Progressive Rock – the Most Critically Maligned…

New York Audio Show 2019 Report: Part 1

New York has been host to audio shows for a…

New York Audio Show 2019 Report: Part Two

Part One of this report appeared in Issue 99. As…

Celebrating Cartoon Bob

Our Bob D’Amico aka Cartoon Bob has been with Copper…

Mythical Stature: Gentle Giant, Part One

Gentle Giant, possibly the most musically and instrumentally diverse group…

Thoughts on Hi-Res Music and Audio – An Insider’s Perspective

Let me start by saying I have deep respect for…

Queen of the Salons

  She was considered to be the Queen of the…

Missing the Pazz and Jop Critics Poll

What’s Happening to Best Album of the Year Lists For…

BandLab: Reviving Iconic Brands for Musicians

When Gibson Guitars was descending into its eventual Chapter 11…

Mythical Stature: Gentle Giant, Part Two

In the first installment of this two-parter, the three Shulman…

Lou Reed’s Berlin – Its Music from a Fresh Perspective

With the exception of Foley artists or people who collect…

NAMM: An Audiophile’s Perspective

The National Association of Music Merchants has been around in…

Cleveland Rocks. Does the Rock Hall?

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum began…

Mr. Don and the Delinquents

During the 1970s I had an opportunity to teach a…

We’re an American (Prog) Band

There are many more American progressive rock bands than you…

A Classic Turntable’s Forgotten Roots: the AR XA

When the AR XA turntable came out in 1961, it…

Industry Viewpoint: Are Audio Dealers in Trouble?

Introduction by Paul McGowan, PS Audio: Magnepan and its loudspeakers…

Are Audio Dealers in Trouble? Readers Respond

In Issue 105 we featured an Industry Viewpoint column from…

Complete Recovery: Unusual Takes on Others’ Songs

Sometimes an artist is so taken with another artist’s song…

Audio System Revelations: Electrostatic Ecstacy

I can trace my audiophile roots back to a certain…

Ryuichi Sakamoto – A Musical Career Overview, Part One

Meeting one’s musical heroes can often take place in unexpected…

Terry Kath: Chicago’s Guitarist Extraordinaire

In 1970 a dear friend, Hank Rau, introduced me to…

Italian Progressive Rock, Part One: PFM

The major British progressive rock bands of the late 1960s…

Ryuichi Sakamoto: A Musical Career Overview, Part Two

Part One focused on Ryuichi Sakamoto’s work in the groundbreaking…

Elitism in Audio and Its Implications

Audio and music are passions. They can be a hobby,…

Italian Progressive Rock, Part Two: Le Orme

Le Orme (“The Footprints”) is one of the most successful…

Being an Audio Forum Moderator, Part Two

This is the second in our series of articles giving…

Tales of an Audio Forum Administrator, Part Three

My last installment gave an in-depth look at what many…

Songs of Praise From Unlikely Artists, Part One

Sex, drugs and rock and roll – the phrase is…

Songs of Praise from Unlikely Artists, Part Two

In Part One of this series (Issue 112), I noted…

Women Composers of Early Music

If you ask people to name a famous classical music…

Songs of Praise from Unlikely Artists, Part Three

In Part One and Part Two of this series (Issues…

The Earth’s Heartbeat: Native American Music

All plants are our brothers and sisters, they talk to…

Italian Progressive Rock, Part Four

In this final installment, I’ll introduce you to three more…

Audio Shows 101: What to Expect As A First-Timer

A guide for newbies to make the most of the…

Busking: All the World’s a Stage

Did you hear the one about violinist Joshua Bell? During…

Ten Great Guitar Solos

Full disclosure: I am not a musician – I play…

Often Snubbed, Punk Rock is Alive and Well!

In the spring of 2018, an historic event took place…

Unusual Musical Collaborations and Cameos (Part One)

It often comes as a surprise to music fans when…

Record Store Day – An Alternative Opinion

I never really gave much thought to Record Store Day,…

When Dire Straits Made a Springsteen Record

There has been a lot said about the importance of…

Ear Flaps Up

Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the…

The Next Voice You Hear

“So you had better do as you are told/you better…

Two Hands Clapping

It was a lot of money, even with the student…

K-tel Records: Now That’s What We Call Music!

Since the late 1990s the Now That’s What I Call…

A Conversation with Technics’ Bill Voss

Technics is a brand that needs little introduction to most…

Visión Musical: The Mavericks’ En Español

“That voice!” I had just posted the newly released video…

Birth of the Cool

Everyone wants to be cool. But what the heck is…

An Assortment of Favorite Demo Recordings

Many audiophile magazines and internet sites compile lists of what…

John, Paul, George, Ringo and Irving

Irving Bieler was one step away from joining the Swinging…

Val and Eddie, Amy and Tom Revisited

Note: this article originally appeared in Copper Issue 74. In…

Five Weeks in Mongolia, Part One

It’s morning in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. I feel green, shaken…

10 More Great Guitar Solos

As I wrote in Issue 117: I am not a…

Boogie Wonderland

A great man once wrote: “Once upon a time in…

Holiday Songs You Should Be Spinning!

Most people who know me well are familiar with the…

My War on LPs

My life took a swerve in the summer of 1974.…

Interviewing Genesis in the 1970s – Part One

How I got to meet my idols. Me:  “Hi, I’m…

Five Weeks In Mongolia, Part Two

Part One of this story ran in Issue 123. A…

Concert T-Shirts: History in the Making

Recently, a college buddy posted a picture of himself on…

Christmas Songs Worth Listening To

As the calendar days inexorably approach Christmas, the usual playlist…

Hit the Board, Jack

When I was a teenager, no one understood how I…

Stop, Hey, What’s That Sound?

In Issue 125, I told you about my war on…

Shakin’ It: Ray’s Top 20 of 2020

2020 was a year that presented all of us with…

Interviewing Genesis in the 1970s, Part Two

Or, How I Got to Meet My Idols My first…

January’s Most Memorable Concerts

When you run through a list of the biggest rock…

Music and the COVID-19 Era

In 1968 we learned about Revolution 9; in 2020 we…

A Few of My Favorite Things

I have close to 3,000 CDs and LPs – a…
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