February 8th, 2021

    Clickbait has become pervasive. It’s not hard to see why, especially if you’re a media insider – editors, publishers, websites, forums, cable news stations et al are all are under some degree of pressure (like, say, 2,000 atmospheres for some outlets) to draw eyeballs. Sensationalistic and curiosity-piquing clickbait is really effective at doing that. Once upon a time in screenland, there were three US TV networks and they were regulated by the FCC. Along came the internet, and Pandora’s Box opened.

    We won’t use clickbait here. Sure, Copper aims to be entertaining, informative and thought-provoking and I love a good pun, especially when it comes to headlines. And we do want you to read our articles! But I’m here to tell you (as my friend from Texas likes to say) that personally, clickbait is far more distasteful than amusing to me, and in worst cases it's misleading, irresponsible and/or flat-out malicious. (Data mining, anyone?) We don’t and never will stoop to using clickbait as a way to get attention. We’re good enough to be above that.

    We’re proud to announce our new contributor, Russ Welton. He’s an international music journalist, former editor of UK Acoustic magazine and was in musical instrument retailing. He’s also an English teacher, qualified assessor, photographer and a quintessential audio dweller.

    In this issue: Anne E. Johnson covers the musical heights of Kate Bush and Johann Christian Bach. Octave Records announces a new reference audio test disc and system setup book. John Seetoo incorporates the tale of Koss Corporation. Adrian Wu goes deeply into tube testing, and Galen Gareis of ICONOCLAST and Belden goes really deep into an important yet overlooked aspect of audio cable design. Russ Welton gives some tips on speaker setup. J.I. Agnew gets his dream piano playing!

    WL Woodward gets the blues with John Mayall. Tom Gibbs reviews new releases from Death Cab for Cutie, Steve Earle and the Dukes and the enigmatic jazz singer Judy Stuart. We have part two of my interview EveAnna Manley of Manley Laboratories. Ken Sander meets Grace Slick, Jefferson Airplane and other characters. B. Jan Montana gets an education, and Stuart Marvin schools us on the economics of streaming. Ray Chelstowski has fond memories of French Kiss. We round out the issue with James Whitworth feeling lost in translation, Peter Xeni finding the third time’s the charm, having our buttons pushed and going back down where cool water flows.

    EveAnna Dauray Manley of Manley Labs, Part Two

    In Part One (Issue 129), EveAnna talked about her early…

    Cable Design and the Speed of Sound, Part One

    As most audiophiles and readers of this magazine are aware,…

    Bob Welch’s French Kiss: Sentimental Favorite

    I resisted moving from the LP format to CD for…

    Octave Records' New System Setup Disc and Book

    Octave Records has two new announcements this time out. The…

    Jefferson Airplane's Scheduled Stop

    I had been back in New York for a few…

    To Test, Or Not to Test, Part Five: Vacuum Tubes

    In a previous article in this series (Issue 128), I…

    Location, Location, Location

    Over here in the UK there is a common phrase…

    Kate Bush: Musical Heights

    There was always music, poetry, and dancing in the house…

    The Story of a Vintage Piano, Part the Second

    In Part One, J.I. Agnew began his search for the…

    John Mayall: British Blues Pioneer

    Let’s get the silly stuff out of the way first.…

    Role Models

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

    J.C. Bach: Not His Dad's Baroque Music

    In the music of Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782), the uncluttered…

    Koss: the Granddaddy of Audiophile Headphones

    As listening to music on headphones and earbuds has become…

    Third Time's the Charm

    Two Cool EPs and a Sad Tribute to a Fallen Son

    Death Cab for Cutie – The Georgia EP Seattle-area band Death…

    Stream-O-Nomics: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

    Aerosmith and their lead singer Steven Tyler sang for years…

    Pushbutton Paradise

    Hi-Fi tone for $99.95, complete with colored vinyl! That's about…

    Lost in Translation

    Green River

    "Take me back down where cool water flows..." A view of…
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