Natural Born Kessler

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part 15

    Producing what one considers to be revelations from what is…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots: Noodge and Ye Shall Receive, Part Two

    If you recall my installment in Issue 171, I recounted…

    Michael Jackson’s Thriller: Mobile Fidelity’s 40th Anniversary Edition LP

    As one who has been reviewing reissues on vinyl and…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part 26: Half Full – Not Half Empty, Redux

    Back to the Future: despite his glass always being half-empty…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part 25: Half-Full – Not Half Empty

    Ken Kessler looks again at the availability of reel-to-reel hardware…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part 24: The R2R Revival Gains Pace

    Ken Kessler assesses the increase in the reel-to-reel presence at…

    Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part 23: Better Than Rice Krispies

    Ken Kessler revels in the stories told by scraps of…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part 22: Reel-to-Real, or, Noodge and Ye Shall Receive

    To noodge is Yiddish for “to pester,” but with a…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part 21: The Best Private Members Club...Ever

    With the myriad changes which have inevitably affected audio pursuits…

    Adventures In Hi-Fi – Read All About It

    In this summer break from his reel-to-reel activities, Ken Kessler…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part 20: (Not) Labeled With Love

    At the risk of courting lawsuits from retired octogenarians, I…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part 19: Reports of Its Demise Are Premature 2

    (Please note that this installment relates directly to the previous…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part 18: Reports of Its Demise Are Premature 1

    Open-reel tape devotees are aware of the current state of…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part 17: Stalking the Wild Revox II

    In the wake of the AudioJumble – see my article…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part 16: Stalking the Wild Revox

    A slight departure this time, as a wonderful event –…

    Back To My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part One

    Returning after a long absence, Contributing Editor Ken Kessler –…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part 14: Original Box and Papers?

    Like vintage watches, pre-owned tapes are best appreciated with mint,…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part 13: Re-Education

    After the last two issues’ litanies of sins, by both…

    Back to My Reel-to Reel-Roots, Part 12: The Sins of the Fathers

    Following on from last month’s litany of offenses attributed to…

    Back to My Reel-to Reel-Roots, Part 11

    High Crimes and Misdemeanors Nobody ever accused the record labels…

    Back to My Reel-to Reel-Roots, Part 10

    In which Ken Kessler makes a discovery linked to his…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part Nine: Who Knew?

    KK finds out that embracing a dormant format is full…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part Eight: More Tape Deck Hygiene and Other Woes

    It goes without saying that tape deck maintenance – such…

    Audio Pioneer Mel Schilling: In Memoriam

    With the passing of Melvin “Mel” Schilling on January 14th,…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part Seven: Tape Hygiene

    If you’re a studio denizen or a seasoned open-reel tape…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part Six: Rock On (or Not)

    After the last issue’s epic coverage of the Beatles’ Get…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part Five: Tape Caveats

    Previous installments in this series appeared in Issues 146, 148,…

    Back To My Reel-To-Reel Roots, Part Four: Making eBay Profitable

    By now it has been established that my renewed interest…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part Three

    Just so there are no misunderstandings, I have to explain…

    Back To My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part Two

    Ken Kessler recounts the hardware phase of his re-entry into…
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