December 20th, 2021

    All of us at Copper once again wish all of you happy holidays. The past two years have been tougher than anyone could have imagined, but this is a season of hope and renewal after all. Keeping the holiday spirit, however we choose to do so, is perhaps more important than ever. Here’s to a happier, brighter and better 2022.

    Just a few days ago, Emiko Carlin, marketing director for audio show T.H.E. Show, announced a new offshoot organization, T.H.E. Group. It’s a membership-based program, and participants will get free passes to T.H.E. Show, access to studio tours, artist performances, an Audio University program, and events including wine tasting, supercar and racing experiences, and other activities. Carlin noted, “Music is for everyone, so hi-fi and audio are for everyone, and we want T.H.E. Group to be an ecosystem people can be part of who love all different genres of music, have different experiences in listening and lifestyle, and who share the same goal: keeping our industry moving forward!” For more information visit

    In this issue: In a first for Copper, or maybe anywhere we have a trifecta of contributing editors weighing in on the Beatles Get Back documentary: Tim Riley ("Nobody Told Me There'd Be Days Like These"), Larry Jaffee ("Let It Be: Director Peter Jackson's Get Back Provides Much-Needed Context"), and Jay Jay French ("Get Back, Let It Be and the Boredom of Excellence"). Continuing what has become a Copper tradition, WL Woodward offers a holiday story and a poem, while The Mindful Melophile Don Kaplan deals with not-in-the-spirit shoppers. I cover Octave Records’ latest, Levelland by country-folk duo Bonnie and Taylor Sims. Russ Welton asks – do we really need video for audio streaming? Tom Methans considers the collector as minimalist. Rudy Radelic continues his series on Burt Bacharach with a look at some artists who had him covered. Tom Gibbs digs more deeply into the Gustard X16 and PS Audio Stellar GainCell DACs, and Roon.

    Ken Kessler has some advice on buying reel-to-reel tape. Anne E. Johnson gives us the real story, not the movie version, on Antonio Salieri, and the career of soulful hitmakers Hall and Oates. Ray Chelstowski talks with Hollis Brown front man Michael Montali about In the Aftermath, their track-by-track homage to the Rolling Stones album. Andy Schaub serves up a lunch menu. John Seetoo continues his coverage of the Audio Engineering Society’s AES Fall 2021 virtual show. J.I. Agnew spins Part Two of his series, Around the World in 80 Lathes (of the record-cutting variety). B. Jan forges on ahead through South Dakota. Ken Sander has a few laughs at Dangerfield’s. We wrap up this holiday issue with seasonal advice, a fabled midrange, an adventure in sound, and a visit to Louie Lee’s.

    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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     – FD

    Octave Records’ Latest: Country-Folk Duo Bonnie and Taylor Sims in Levelland

    Octave Records’ latest release is Levelland by country-folk duo Bonnie…

    Hollis Brown’s In the Aftermath: A New Take on the Rolling Stones

    My friend Ed and I have talked often about how…


    Jim Kellem, a talent agent from CMA (Creative Management Associates)…

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

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

    Adventures in Shopping Badly

    ‘Tis the season to be shopping and time once again…

    Get Back, Let It Be and the Boredom of Excellence

    It is almost a given that if you dedicate eight…

    Copper’s Lunch Menu

    Someday, PS Audio will host an event, whether at an…

    AES Show Fall 2021 Highlights, Part Two

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

    Hall and Oates: Hitmakers With Soul

    With 16 Top-10 singles, including six that reached No. 1,…

    Pilgrimage to Sturgis, Part 10

    The first installments of this series appeared in Issues 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149.150 and…

    Around the World in 80 Lathes, Part Two

    Writing about the history of disk recording lathes poses a…

    Better Sound From My Computer Audio, Part Four: The Headless Audio Warrior

    Who would have thought ten years ago that it would…

    The Sounds of Christmas: Batteries Not Included, Redux

    This article originally appeared in Issue 22. It’s a Copper…

    Saved By the Light

    It’s late and dad has his slippers and pipe Mom’s…

    Collector as Minimalist

    Before my upcoming trip to the record store, I comb…

    Nobody Told Me There’d Be Days Like These: Get Back

    Get Back, directed by Peter Jackson Peter Jackson’s Get Back…

    Burt Bacharach in the 1960s and 1970s: Artists Who Had Him Covered

    The Burt Bacharach and Hal David songwriting machine was running…

    Let It Be: Director Peter Jackson’s Get Back Provides Much-Needed Context

    Nearly eight-hour Get Back documentary is revelatory for fans Like…

    Antonio Salieri: The Real Story

    My heart goes out to Antonio Salieri. For the past…

    Further Analysis: the Gustard X16 and Stellar GainCell DACs, and is Roon Really All That?

    In Copper Issue 150, I shared my review of the…

    Fabled Midrange


    No needles to change, and glorious new purity of tone…how…

    Holiday Advice

    Playing at Louie Lee’s

    Dale Watson, performing at Lee’s Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis (Issue…
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