January 1st, 2023

    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.

    Since you can’t leave comments on this opening page, if anyone wishes to submit comments about B. Jan’s series, please e-mail them to me here and I can add them to the issue.

    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.

    Staff Writers:

    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

    Contributing Editors:
    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

    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

    In the Room With Miles

    In the early ’70s I was doing a stint at…

    The Cowsills: The Family That Plays Together, Stays Together

    Few bands became part of the fabric of American music…

    Borrowing (Stealing?) from the Classics

    Cov•er•ing: in music, performing a song that has been written…

    Confessions of a Record Collector, Part Three

    We record collectors are a compulsive bunch. I talked about…

    Celebrating the Linn Sondek LP12 Turntable, Part One

    It was the turntable that rattled cages around the world…

    Hear, There, Everywhere: Part One

    One of the many wonderful things about music is its…

    The Many Sides of David Chesky

    Located in the former Time Warner Building, now The Deutsche…

    Dwight Yoakam: Country Music, His Way

    Dwight Yoakam fans are mad. Not at him, of course.…

    Around the World In 80 Lathes, Part 29

    The Cost of Everything and the Value of Nothing During…

    Exploring CTI Records, Part One: 1969 – 1971

    At the end of the A&M 60th anniversary series in…

    Nearly $400 Poorer, Here Are My 2022 Black Friday Record Store Day Purchases

    File under, “inside the head of a Record Store Day…

    The Life and Times of a Sony Audio Engineer: Talking with Aston Sharman

    I first had the pleasure of becoming recently acquainted with…

    Tim Riley’s Best Albums of 2022

    Country-pop surges, even as Shania Twain and Margo Price stare…

    Chet Baker: A Rough Life Full of Smooth Trumpet Playing and Singing

    Chet Baker’s life was as rough as his vocal and…

    Why I’ll Stick with FM Radio and Won’t be Streaming My Music Anytime Soon

    Over the past year or so I’ve noticed an increasing…

    Mixed Signals

    Andrew Daly’s 15 Best Rock Albums of 2022

    In the early wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the music…

    Allnic Audio’s Striking H-5500 Phono Stage

    Founded by Kang Su (“KS”) Park, Allnic Audio is based…

    An Interview With Mobile Recording Innovator David W. Hewitt, Part Two

    We began our interview with mobile recording pioneer David W.…

    The Doppler Effect

    Object of desire: a Bang & Olufsen Beogram 1800 turntable.…

    New Year’s Resolution

    Lucky Men

    Here’s another in a series of street scenes from Silver…
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