Vintage Whine

Electric City

So: what does a professional audio nerd do on a…

50 Ways to Read a Record Part 8

In earlier installments of this series, we've focused upon the…

50 Ways to Read a Record Part 7

We've looked at a variety of methods of making music---or…

50 Ways to Read a Record Part 6

As we know from old issues of Popular Science and…

50 Ways to Read a Record Part 5

In our last installment, we saw the beginning of  the…

50 Ways to Read a Record Part 4

In our last installment, we looked at the range of…

50 Ways to Read a Record Part 3

It's difficult to explain the basics of a highly-technical process…

50 Ways to Read a Record Part 2

In his last column, Jay Jay French mentioned the optical…

50 Ways to Read a Record Part 1

I've spent half a century immersing myself in the history…

What Will Be "Vintage" in 2068?

As I've discussed/ranted many times in this column, to me,…

"New Old"?

The first time I heard the word "oxymoron," I thought…

50 Ways to Read a Record Part 9

In Copper #73 we discussed an interesting but purely theoretical …

What's a Speaker? And What's a Driver?

You know how annoying it is when you're surrounded by…

The More Things Change....

Oh, you think you're so smart, Mr. 21st Century Hi-Tech…

Nagra

The history of Nagra begins, as is often the case…

Hadley Labs

At Axpona a few weeks ago, friend and mentor Richard…

More Stuff About Old Stuff

Within the span of a couple weeks, I went from…

Vintage Voltage: A Photo Feature

Researching and writing theoretical and historical pieces is a lot…

What's Past Is Prologue

The older I get---and at this point, I'm as old…

Speakers Are Exhausting

"For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction."…

A Serious Hobbyist

In Copper #52 we began poring through a collection of…

Empire, Part 3

[Previous installments on Empire were in Copper #84 and #86---Ed.]…

Drive, He Said Part 5

In Part 4 of this series, the last turntable mentioned was…

Drive, He Said Part 4

In previous installments of Vintage Whine, we've looked at belt-drive…

Drive, He Said Part 3

Part 1 of this series in Copper #92 covered idler-drive…

Drive, He Said Part 2

In Part 1, Copper #92, we looked at idler-wheel turntable mechanisms.…

Drive, He Said Part 1

Vintage Whine has previously looked at the micro-mechanics of record…

Paper

It's everywhere. We take it for granted, blow our noses…

Fairchild, Part 5

We've spent a fair amount of time and pixels on…

Quintessence

Sometimes you encounter stories where it turns out that the…

The Fire

I'm going to deviate from the standard Vintage Whine topics…

The Mysterious Binder

I wrote about ephemera back in Copper #37. In that…

Empire, Part 2

Our first installment on Empire mentioned the beginnings of the…

Empire, Part 1

The primary reason I began writing these articles (and a…

Fairchild: Sidebar

As I indicated in my first installment on Fairchild, back…

Vintage, Vintage Whine

There was a time in my life, not so long…

New Old Stock

Newbies to the audio world encounter a lot of puzzling…

Fairchild, Part 4

The last three Vintage Whine columns have looked at the…

Fairchild, Part 3

As I've indicated in the previous installments of Vintage Whine…

Fairchild, Part 2

In Copper #75, we began the story of the remarkable…

Fairchild, Part 1

I truly enjoy the research involved in these pieces, refreshing…

Weathers

There are some brands whose influence extends far beyond their…

Kits!

It's often said that we don't build anything in America…

The Old Ways

There is a certain pleasure to be found in driving…

Spica, Part 3

[We started our look back at speaker manufacturer Spica in…

Spica, Part 2

In the last issue of Copper we briefly looked at loudspeaker…

Spica

There are some brands that linger in the memory with…

Quads: 60 Years Young

For at least as long as I've been aware of…

The Original QUAD ESL

The first question that will probably come to mind is,…

Everything You Ever Wanted

In last issue's Vintage Whine  I ran through my personal list…

All I Want For....

If you could ask for one piece of vintage gear…

Weathers, Part 2

In the last issue , we discussed the initial appearance…

The Mother Of All Speakers (MOAS)

I had begun writing a piece about the history of…

Mass, Massive, Massless

I’m fascinated by materials, which I ascribe to a childhood…

The Once and Future Tweeter

Back in the day, I had many an asthma attack…

VPI: 38 Years and Counting

Harry Pearson, founder of The Absolute Sound, contributed to the…

Versa Dynamics

Every now and then a new company appears in the…

Where Are They Now?

For anyone who has been around audio for any length…

Are We Keeping Up? (With Inflation)

This issue we’re going to take a slight detour from…

Stan White: An Overlooked Visionary/Part 2

A fundamental principle of scientific enquiry was stated most famously…

What Is Vintage?

What's wine got to do with us? As is often…

Jensen: The Man, the Company, Conclusion

In Parts 1 and 2 we discussed Peter Jensen’s journey…

Bang & Olufsen, Part 2

Continuing from Part 1 , we'll look at more legacy Bang…

15,000 Pages!

I started reading when I was 3. I say that…

Equal Time

In Copper #48 I began the perusal of a hefty…

Editor's Choice

No, not this Editor. Continuing from my last column, inspired…

Fractured

While sight-seeing around the uncommonly-empty campus of the University of…

Is Older Always Better?

My daughter Emily has a habit of being brutally frank,…

Materials Science

I've danced around this subject before, with my discussions of…

Stereo at Sixty

We've heard a lot about anniversaries in 2017, with it…

Tone Control (or lack of it)

I've previously mourned the death of tone in modern audio…

Wood

Back in Copper #31, I wrote about the subject of…

Stan White: Visionary? Or…?

This column is different from previous installments of Vintage Whine,…

Bang & Olufsen, Part 1

In 2013 I was fortunate to have a consulting gig…

Nostalgia Ain't What It Used to Be

I've previously mentioned audio icon Henry Kloss' time at AR…

Torture

Audiophiles are experts at self-torture: "Is the VTA just a…

Ephemera

Back in the '70's, Ron Gilbrech, then a salesman at…

Horns, Part 5

In response to last issue's installment, a reader quite accurately…

Horns, Part 4

We wrapped up our last installment with the end of World…

Horns, Part 3

In our last issue we concluded with a mention of…

Horns, Part 2

In our last issue we looked at the historical and…

Horns!

If there’s a more contentious topic in audio than that…
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