July 31st, 2022

    As a fortune cookie connoisseur, this one caught my eye: “We all live under the same sky, but we don’t see the same light.” Quite a profundity from the usually prosaic, sometimes humorous, and often inscrutable Golden Bowl company. And what’s up with this eBay fortune cookie auction?

    In this issue: Anne E. Johnson tells of glorious music from Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, and grooves on the queen of country, Kitty Wells. Wayne Robins enjoys Grupo Rebolú's Afro-Colombian breakthrough. I cover Octave Records’ new country/Americana/rock release, Nightmares by Gasoline Lollipops. Jeff Weiner takes us inside Arizona's Musical instrument Museum. B. Jan Montana is deeply affected by music. J.I. Agnew delves into the work of cutting lathe artisan Jędrzej Kubiak. Ted Shafran tells us where to buy high-quality classical music downloads. Tom Methans visits Steinway & Sons and finds an interesting piano development.

    Ken Sander sets the Wayback Machine to CES, and gets Technomania. Rudy Radelic covers A&M Records during the 1980s and 1990s. Ken Kessler gives reel-to-reel tape labels some stick. John Seetoo takes us through the evolution of in-ear monitors. Ray Chelstowski talks with Cincinnati favorites The Harlequins. Steven Bryan Bieler explains his dogs…by album titles. Andrew Daly likes women who rock. I conclude my interview with Larry Jaffee of Making Vinyl. Russ Welton ponders vinyl, and the world’s best stereo system. The issue concludes with dog’s ears, stubborn audiophiles, high fi, and a big sky.

    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

    “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

    Talking With Larry Jaffee of Making Vinyl, Part Two

    Copper contributor Larry Jaffee is the co-founder of Making Vinyl,…

    The Evolution of In-Ear Monitors

    They have become ubiquitous on concert stages from clubs and…

    Grupo Rebolú's Afro-Colombian Breakthrough

    Mi Herencia (My Heritage) Broadens Latin Roots Music You may…

    Octave Records Releases Nightmares by Country/Americana/Rock Band Gasoline Lollipops

    Octave Records has released Nightmares by country/Americana/rock band Gasoline Lollipops,…

    More CES History, and Technomania

    In my early years of attending CES in the 1990s,…

    The Harlequins: A Cincinnati Band Has Plenty to Say

    In 1984, On July 4th weekend, Bruce Springsteen & The…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part 20: (Not) Labeled With Love

    At the risk of courting lawsuits from retired octogenarians, I…

    Play it Again, Steinway: the Spirio Player Piano

    A few months back, I was hanging out with Ed…

    Kitty Wells: Queen of Country Music

    Before there was Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, there was…

    Pilgrimage to Sturgis, Part 26

      After a delightful breakfast, Evelyn had to rush off…

    Around the World In 80 Lathes, Part 18

    When it comes to the preservation of vintage technology, the…

    Vinyl and the World’s Best Stereo System

    Many of us prefer to listen to vinyl over other…

    The Musical Instrument Museum: A National Treasure

    Jeff Weiner has been a volunteer museum guide/docent at Phoenix,…

    The A&M Records Story, Part Six: The 1980s into the 1990s

    The transition from the 1980s to the 1990s would be…

    Where To Buy (High-Quality) Classical Downloads

    With the recent resurgence of interest in vinyl, we are…

    Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater: Glorious Music

    Music history textbooks usually bring up Giovanni Battista Pergolesi in…

    Pet Sounds: My Dogs Explained by Album Titles

        “There is no you,” Trent Reznor sang. “There…

    High Fi

    Women Who Rock: Some of My Favorites

    There is a common misconception that men dominate the rock…

    Listening With Dog's Ears

    They don't make 'em like this anymore: an early Garrard…


    Big Sky

    The Manhattan skyline, July 4, 2022, taken from Williamsburg, Brooklyn.…
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