July 3rd, 2022

    I’ve noted before that I’m a connoisseur of silly fortune cookie sayings. I read one that said, “To truly find yourself, you should play hide and seek alone.” Maybe finding the end of a Möbius strip would be easier.

    In this issue: Tom Methans visits DeVore Fidelity. Rudy Radelic continues his series on A&M Records, going back to the Eighties. I cover the latest from Octave Records, Mini Brazilian Beasts by jazz pianist/composer Carmen Sandim. J.I. Agnew continues his series on record cutting lathes with a look at specialist maker FloKaSon. Ken Kessler gets his tape deck really hooked up. Anne E. Johnson delves into the music of singer/songwriter extraordinaire Rufus Wainwright, and Marin Marais’s works for viola da gamba. When it comes to A/V receiver setup, Russ Welton finds that the web is your friend. Ken Sander remembers the good old days of CES. Tom Gibbs auditions more XTC reissues in high-res and surround sound. B. Jan Montana moves ever onward in his epic journey.

    John Seetoo finds more audio knowledge at the Audio Engineering Society’s Europe Spring 2022 convention. Ray Chelstowski goes back to Manhattan jazz landmark Arthur’s Tavern and talks with the Blue Note Entertainment Group’s Tsion Bensusan. I finally get around to my next installment on 150 favorite rock albums. Stuart Marvin is happy to be going to concerts again, especially the Climate Pledge Arena, while Jack Flory continues his series on favorite concert venues with a big one: Madison Square Garden. Rhythm guitarists are essential to rock and roll, and Andrew Daly tells why. Ted Shafran finds a way to organize a classical music collection. The Copper A/V squad concludes the issue with an incredible shrinking man,nightmare at 20,000 feet, a plug and play character, and far above Cayuga’s waters.

    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, Adrian Wu

    Contributing Editors:
    Ivan Berger, Steven Bryan Bieler, Andrew Daly, Jack Flory, Harris Fogel, Steve Kindig, Ed Kwok, 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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    A Loudspeaker Company Grows in Brooklyn

    It’s been a while since someone from Copper last visited…

    A Visit to Legendary Jazz Club Arthur’s Tavern

    Arthur’s Tavern is one of those New York City gems…

    The Latest from Octave Records: Mini Brazilian Beasts by Pianist Carmen Sandim

    The new Octave Records release, Mini Brazilian Beasts by jazz…

    150 Favorite Rock Albums: More Mini-Reviews

    In Issue 150 I listed my 150 desert island favorite…

    Going to the Consumer Electronics Show: The Early Years

    The Cable Doctor Show started modestly as a live TV call-in…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part 18: Reports of Its Demise Are Premature 1

    Open-reel tape devotees are aware of the current state of…

    Summer Concerts: Who to See and Where?

    After an almost two-year continuous drought, it’s quite invigorating to…

    AES Europe Spring 2022, Part Two

    (Copper Issue 165 featured Part One of our coverage of…

    Rufus Wainwright: Personal Songs With Universal Truths

    Rufus Wainwright’s childhood must have been wall-to-wall music. Both his…

    Pilgrimage to Sturgis, Part 24

    Many of the renegades gathered again late that afternoon in…

    Around the World In 80 Lathes, Part 16

    It has been quite a while since 1989, when professional…

    Marin Marais’s Works for Viola da Gamba

    Marin Marais (1656-1728) lived in Paris his whole life. That…

    Getting the Most From an A/V Receiver: Yamaha’s Web Editor Setup Tool, Part One

    Yamaha has recently released a slew of A/V receivers in…

    Favorite Venues, Part Three: Madison Square Garden

    After completing my relocation back to the East Coast, I…

    The History of A&M Records, Part Five

    The 1980s proved to be even more successful for A&M…

    Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

    XTC: Steven Wilson Remix/Remasters on CD and Blu-ray, Part Two

    This follow-up to Part One in Issue 165 covers the…

    Cataloging a Classical Music Collection

    Let’s begin by setting the stage. I have a very…

    Five Rhythm Guitarists Who Changed Rock Music

    Rock music and rhythm guitar are inseparable. Oftentimes, rock outfits…

    Plug and Play

    Revox PR 99 Mk II reel-to-reel deck, introduced in 1980.…

    The Incredible Shrinking Man

    Far Above Cayuga’s Waters

    Photographed at Cornell Botanic Gardens, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. As…
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