December 6th, 2021

    Happy holidays, everyone. We at Copper wish all of you the very best. The past couple of seasons have obviously been tough on everyone, but we also have plenty to be thankful for.

    Show us your vintage, and maybe not-so-vintage gear! In the more than two years of doing Copper’s Audio Anthropology column, I’ve been surprised at how little photographic documentation exists for many audio components. If you have interesting gear and would like to share it with us, please send photos to [email protected].

    In this issue: Tom Methans pays tribute to the great Stephen Sondheim. Wayne Robins reviews Adele’s new 30 album. Anne E. Johnson finds great music from soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom and respects the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. J.I. Agnew begins a new series, Around the World in 80 Lathes, of the record-cutting variety, that is. Harris Fogel has a lot more photos from Capital Audiofest 2021. Unusual record covers? Rich Isaacs has them, well, covered. I ask: just what makes music good or bad, and offer some mini-reviews, for better or worse. Ken Kessler has another installment in his reel-to-reel tape series. Ray Chelstowski covers Eric Clapton’s new album, done during the lockdown.

    John Seetoo begins his coverage of the AES (Audio Engineering Society) Fall 2021 virtual show. WL Woodward asks: is rock and roll missing in action? Ivan Berger considers the knob with the misleading name. (It’s the Loudness control.) Andy Schaub revisits audiophile heaven. Rudy Radelic continues his deep dive into the music of Burt Bacharach. Russ Welton offers part two of his look at getting an ideal blend between speakers and subwoofers. B. Jan Montana continues his epic journey. Jack Flory goes to shop class. We round out the issue with some music therapy, easy listening, a Magic Brain, and an artistic nightingale.

    Staff Writers:

    J.I. Agnew, Ray Chelstowski, Cliff Chenfeld, Jay Jay French, Tom Gibbs, Roy Hall, Rich Isaacs, Anne E. Johnson, Don Kaplan, Ken Kessler, Don Lindich, Stuart Marvin, Tom Methans, B. Jan Montana, Rudy Radelic, Tim Riley, Wayne Robins, Ken Sander, John Seetoo, Dan Schwartz, Russ Welton, WL Woodward, Adrian Wu

    Contributing Editors:
    Ivan Berger, Steven Bryan Bieler, Jack Flory, Harris Fogel, Robert Heiblim, Steve Kindig, Ed Kwok, Alón Sagee, Andy Schaub, David Snyder, Bob Wood

    “Cartoon Bob” D’Amico

    James Whitworth, Peter Xeni

    Parting Shots:
    James Schrimpf, B. Jan Montana, Rich Isaacs (and others)

    Audio Anthropology Photos:
    Howard Kneller, Steve Rowell

    Frank Doris

    Paul McGowan

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    Who Decides What’s Good or Bad? And, Some Mini-Reviews

    In the process of putting together a list of 150…

    Adele: Too Big to Fail

    One of my daughter’s colleagues at work was asked to…

    Burt Bacharach: The A&M Years

    Previous installments of our series on Burt Bacharach appeared in…

    Eric Clapton and The Lady in the Balcony

    In 1992, when Eric Clapton recorded an episode of MTV…

    One Size Fits All? Part Two: Mind the Gap

    In our previous article (Issue 150), we discussed the fact…

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

    By now it has been established that my renewed interest…

    They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To…(Part Two)

    As I said in Part One (Issue 149), I like…

    Audiophile Heaven, Revisited

    What will the audiophile section of heaven be like? Andy…

    Scenes From Capital Audiofest 2021, Part Two

    In Part One (Issue 150) we featured write-ups on Capital…

    AES Show Fall 2021 Highlights, Part One

    As 2021 entered the fourth quarter, the Audio Engineering Society…

    Pilgrimage to Sturgis, Part Nine

    Interstate 90 back to Spearfish was packed with Harleys doing…

    Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul

    It’s been said that the way people respond to your…

    Around the World in 80 Lathes, Part One

    Audiophiles and record collectors often obsess about what kind of…

    Rock and Roll – Missing In Action?

    My wife Diana and I were in the European Café…

    Shop Class

    In my first installment, “When I Was A Boy,” (Issue…

    The Knob With the Misleading Name

    Component audio systems were still comparatively rare when my college…

    Words and Music by Stephen Sondheim

    Readers don’t necessarily rely on Copper for theatrical news, but…

    Jane Ira Bloom: A Unique Voice on Soprano Sax

    Jane Ira Bloom embodies the point where formal academic training…

    Easy Listening

    Our Heads Are Spinning

    Fit for a King (Marilyn King of the King Sisters,…

    Music Therapy

    The Nightingale Has Landed

    Taken at the Aztec Ruins National Monument in Aztec, New…
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