January 31st, 2022

    It is with great sadness that we report the loss of two of the industry’s most knowledgeable and most well-loved people. Robert Heiblim (69) was an expert in product development and management, and founder of consulting company Bluesalve Partners. He was a former president of Denon’s US operations, and chairman of the Audio Division of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). Robert was a friend, and I had the pleasure of working with him when he contributed a number of articles to Copper. He was universally liked and one of the smartest people around.

    Mel Schilling (88) was an audio-industry veteran who established one of the first high-end stores, Music and Sound, in 1968. He later founded Camelot Technology, and most recently, Xhifi. Ken Kessler has a tribute in this issue.

    And the world will never be the same without the towering musical talent of Meat Loaf, who left us at age 74.

    In this issue: Ken Kessler remembers audio pioneer and all-around mensch, Mel Schilling. Anne E. Johnson appreciates Danish bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Irish rock legends U2. I conclude our interview with Gordon Stanley of the Spreckels Organ Society with a look at recording the incredible instrument, the world’s largest pipe organ in an outdoor venue. J.I. Agnew continues his exploration into record-cutting lathes. John Seetoo covers the career of under-appreciated rockers Be-Bop Deluxe and guitar wizard Bill Nelson. Harris Fogel has a CES 2022 show report and so does Don Lindich. Tom Methans is a good influence on those around him. Russ Welton looks at speaker measurements using Spinorama.

    How much control do artists have over the use of their music? Jay Jay French explains an important aspect. B. Jan Montana receives further enlightenment during his epic journey. Rich Isaacs remembers John Wasserman, the San Francisco Chronicle’s irreverent music and cultural events critic. Tom Gibbs recommends more demonstration-quality musical selections. Ray Chelstowski admires Gideon King & City Blog and their dazzling blend of creative musical virtuosity. Stuart Marvin digs into a landmark album: The Blues Project’s Projections. We conclude the issue with an open and shut case, backwards priorities, sweet spots, and a tip of the hat to Meat Loaf.

    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, Alón Sagee, 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, Andy Schaub, David Snyder, Bob Wood

    Cover:
    “Cartoon Bob” D’Amico

    Cartoons:
    James Whitworth, Peter Xeni

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

    Audio Anthropology Photos:
    Howard Kneller, Steve Rowell

    Editor:
    Frank Doris

    Publisher:
    Paul McGowan

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     – FD

    Be-Bop Deluxe: Reclaiming a Place In Prog Rock History

    During the 1970s, the UK was fertile ground for some…

    The Spreckels Organ: A Historic Musical Treasure, Part Two

    In Part One (Issue 154) we looked at the history…

    Choosing New Speakers: Using Spinorama, Part One

    In this series so far, we have considered a few…

    Gideon King & City Blog: Fusing Rock, Jazz, Creative Diversity and More

    Rock’s great guitarists have often been renaissance men; artists who…

    Audio Pioneer Mel Schilling: In Memoriam

    With the passing of Melvin “Mel” Schilling on January 14th,…

    We’re Not Gonna Take It!

    Can an artist really stop the use of their songs…

    CES 2022: A Different Kind of Show

    CES 2022 struck me as an example of “on the…

    A CES 2022 Report, Part Two

    Part One of this show report appeared in Issue 154.…

    Pilgrimage to Sturgis, Part 13

      The Bhagwan played his sitar beautifully. I got lost…

    U2: Dublin Rockers

    Four teens at a Dublin high school, fans of the…

    Around the World in 80 Lathes, Part Five

    In our previous episodes, we had a good look at…

    John Wasserman, Critic – Part One

    Critics and reviewers, in general, are an oft-maligned bunch, and,…

    The Blues Project: Projections

    It was my 13th birthday when my mother inquired if…

    Uncle Influencer

    I recently watched the Ben Affleck and George Clooney film…

    Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen: Danish Bass Virtuoso

    His full name was Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, so everyone called…

    What Music Do You Play to Show Off Your System? Part Deux

      In the last issue of Copper, I highlighted some…

    I Wanna Be Your Dog

    X Marks the Sweet Spot

    Elegant simplicity: the legendary Fi X amplifier, designed by the…

    Go Easy On Me

    Towering Talent

    I don’t usually claim this space, but made an exception…
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