Our B. Jan Montana concluded his epic Pilgrimage to Sturgis saga in Issue 178. A number of readers and this editor were sad (and some quite emotional) to see it come to a conclusion. We’d learned much wisdom and perspective from B. Jan’s philosophical journey, and his practical wisdom for dealing with life. However, don’t get too sad: B. Jan will be back after taking a deserved break.
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All of us at Copper wish everyone a wonderful New Year. We all deserve it!
In this issue: Larry Jaffee buys albums on Record Store Day Black Friday. Ken Kessler celebrates the 50th anniversary of the legendary Linn Sondek LP12 turntable, with thoughts from Linn founder Ivor Tiefenbrun. Howard Kneller admires Allnic Audio’s striking H-5500 phono stage. Rudy Radelic begins a new series on CTI Records. Tom Methans checks out a David Chesky jazz concert and looks at what the composer and entrepreneur has been up to lately. Ray Chelstowski interviews Bob Cowsill of the Cowsills, who continue to make uplifting music. J.I. Agnew contemplates cutting lathes, the cost of everything and the value of nothing. Tim Riley offers his best albums of 2022, and Andrew Daly has his favorite rock recordings of the year.
I reveal more confessions of a record collector. Ken Sander gets to hang with Miles Davis. Russ Welton talks with ace audio repairperson and former Sony engineer Aston Sharman, and John Seetoo concludes his interview with mobile recording pioneer David W. Hewitt. Rich Isaacs has some thoughts about stealing…er, borrowing from the classics. Our Mindful Melophile Don Kaplan goes hear, there and everywhere in finding enjoyable music. Anne E. Johnson looks at the careers of jazz trumpeter/singer Chet Baker and country star Dwight Yoakam. Reader Paul Boon tells us why he’ll stick with FM radio instead of streaming. We wrap up the first issue of 2023 with a New Year’s resolution, the Doppler effect, mixed signals, and lucky men.
J.I. Agnew, Ray Chelstowski, Andrew Daly, Harris Fogel, 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
Ivan Berger, Steven Bryan Bieler, Jack Flory, Steve Kindig, Ed Kwok, Ted Shafran, David Snyder, Bob Wood
“Cartoon Bob” D’Amico
James Whitworth, Peter Xeni
James Schrimpf, B. Jan Montana, Rich Isaacs (and others)
Audio Anthropology Photos:
Howard Kneller, Steve Rowell
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