December 16th, 2019

This holiday season marks a major milestone for the magazine – the 100th issue of Copper! I’m thrilled to be a part of it (and have been reading it since Issue 1) and give boundless thanks to everyone who has made it happen. Of course, it couldn’t have happened without you, our readers. Thanks for your support, comments, criticism, encouragement and enthusiasm.

On a somber note: Ken Ishiwata, the legendary Marantz engineer and brand advocate, has passed away at age 72. He was well known in the audio community for his tireless efforts in promoting Marantz and for putting his stamp on a long list of exceptional products. Although he had recently left the company, Mr. Ishiwata was a long-time international ambassador for Marantz, having been with the firm in various capacities since 1978. RIP to an industry titan.

Errata: through no one’s fault but mine, J.I. Agnew’s piece on the 1/4-inch tape format in this issue should have appeared in Issue 99. Sorry about the short between the headphones, J.I.

Credit: thank you Frank Schramm for the new headshot.

All of us at Copper wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!

In this issue: For Issue 100 Roy Hall tells a remarkable story about Erna, Holocaust survivor – and now 100 years old. Tom Gibbs takes another look at some of the most noteworthy records he’s reviewed. Richard Murison contemplates his time writing for Copper – and much longer than that. Professor Larry Schenbeck begins the first of a major series on Beethoven and comments on a work from a young Haydn. We revisit a piece from Dan Schwartz on microphones and sonic truthfulness. We have a special drawing from Cartoon Bob, and James Whitworth’s cartoon asks whether you’ve been bad or good this audio season.

Anne E. Johnson isn’t fooling around with articles on Talking Heads and Guillaume Dufay. Bob Wood feels the heat telling us about his stint at KRIZ-AM in Phoenix. J.I. Agnew offers variations on a theme of 1/4-inch tape. John Seetoo continues his interview with live sound audio legend John Mayer. Jay Jay French takes a sabbatical from his sabbatical with a Bob Dylan concert review. Woody Woodward gifts us a heartfelt Christmas story. I offer part two of our 2019 New York Audio Show report. Audio Anthropology is in there for good measure. Finally, our California dreamin’ Parting Shot is from B. Jan Montana.

KRIZ-AM Phoenix, “Rockin’ In the Valley of the Sun”

In 1973 Phoenix was hard for me to figure. Didn’t seem…

It’s Hip to be Square

He Knows…

Rarities and Remembrances

This TMT will appear in Copper #100 on December 16,…

The Sound of Microphones, Redux

Specifically, Neumann LDCs, or large diaphragm condensers. You know how…

Contemplating Eternity

When I first started writing for Copper, my mandate was…

Bob Dylan at the Beacon Theater, November 27, 2019

All Along the Mayflower Bob Dylan at the Beacon Theater,…

Erna

As some readers may have noticed, the tales I write…

Talking Heads: This Ain’t No Fooling Around

Recently I had the pleasure of seeing the live show…

Variations on a Theme of 1/4-Inch Tape

In our previous episode, we had a look at the…

The Gift

My dear wife Diana is one of those who begin…

Guillaume Dufay

In the days when Jan Van Eyck and his ilk…

Looking to the Future, Revisiting the Past

With this issue we celebrate Copper Magazine’s 100th issue, which…

John Meyer, Part Two

To recap from Part One (Issue 99): John Meyer is…

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…

Jewel of California

La Jolla Cove, California. B. Jan Montana drove his 1931…
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