February 24th, 2020

    (With a tip of the hat to the Hank Stone Band’s song of the same name.)

    The world of audio is diverse – we can choose from analog, digital, tubes, transistors, a vast array of loudspeakers and many more ways to enjoy music. The people behind the products are just as diverse, which is a big reason why the choice of audio products is so varied today. One look at Facebook, online audio forums and our own Comments sections makes it apparent that enthusiasts have a variety of opinions too (to say the least).

    It’s all a community, as PS Audio founder Paul has noted to me, and Copper was created in part to foster that sense of community and dialog. It’s the shared passion that makes all of this so much fun.

    In this issue:

    Copper is honored to welcome Ivan Berger to our pages. He’s contributed to Stereo Review, High Fidelity, The New York Times, Popular Science and more than 100 other publications. He was co-technical editor at Video, (which got him into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame), technical editor at Audio and is the author of The New Sound of Stereo.

    Wendell Diller, one of the guiding lights behind speaker company Magnepan, gives us a thought-provoking guest piece asking: are audio dealers in trouble?

    Anne E. Johnson covers country and bluegrass star Alison Krauss, and jazz drumming legend Gene Krupa. Jay Jay French turns the Tice Clock back to look at the evolution of his audio systems. WL Woodward drops Part Three of his series on Grateful Dead sonic mastermind Owsley “Bear” Stanley. Ivan Berger remembers the groundbreaking AR XA turntable. Professor Larry Schenbeck does the Happy Dance over Joshua Redman's Sun on Sand.

    J.I. Agnew delves further into the Secrets of the Phono Cartridge. Rich Isaacs gives a comprehensive look into American progressive rock bands. Radioman Bob Wood has WBEN there and ROCK 102’d that. Roy Hall's Key West vacation doesn’t go as planned. In “Confessions of a Setup Man Part Two” I encounter more audio system mayhem. Dan Schwartz discovers the musical ecstasy of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda. Rounding out the issue, James Whitworth sees double, while Audio Anthropology has its moment and our Parting Shot gives us the lowdown.

    Bang, Zoom! Confessions of a Setup Man, Part Two

    The higher the resolution of an audio system, the more…

    WBEN There, ROCKed That

    WBEN-AM and FM (ROCK 102) Buffalo I had listened to…

    Joshua Redman’s Sun on Sand

    We’re taking a break from Beethoven Plus One in order…

    The Ecstatic Music Of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda

    I can’t remember exactly when I first heard of Alice…

    The Tice Clock and the Endless Search for the Holy Grail

    Back in the good old high-end audio days of around…

    Key West

    “Go immediately to the emergency room. I can’t help you…

    Alison Krauss: Reinventing Bluegrass, Reanimating Country

    For many people, the soundtrack for the Coen Brothers movie…

    Secrets of the Phono Cartridge, Part Two

    At the heart of all phono cartridges we will find…

    Bear: The Owsley Stanley Story, Part Three

    By accounts, in early 1967 Owsley “Bear” Stanley (click on…

    Gene Krupa: Drummin’ Man

    Not every great musician gets to reinvent his instrument the…

    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…

    It Came from LA…

    Moderate size and cost” must have meant something different at…


    The Lowdown

    Chris Crepps backing up country singer Dale Watson.
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