September 25, 2022
 by Paul McGowan

On March 7, 2016, the first issue of Copper Magazine was launched into the world with zero subscribers.

Today, 171 issues later, Copper Magazine is read by nearly 50,000 subscribers.

I am often asked why we spend the time, money, and energy to publish this ad-free bi-weekly magazine. The answer is rather simple.

Copper is our gift to our community.

In a world where it sometimes seems like everyone’s got an angle to explore or an axe to grind, Copper is a shining example of the joy of serving our community.

And we are fortunate to have at its helm editor Frank Doris. Few people I have met along my half century audio journey are as passionate and generous as Frank.

Like the Carbon Almanac project I was privileged to be a part of, Copper is without affectation.

Both exist to generously serve communities without expectations of returns.

Thanks for your support.

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21 comments on “Copper”

  1. It’s a must read and has educated and given knowledge and enjoyment in equal amounts. How Frank and his team does it regularly leaves me in awe.
    Heartfelt thanks and keep them coming!

  2. Copper, rapidly disappearing as a transmission medium in telephone networks to be replaced by optical fibre. I wonder if in the future the same might happen in our hi-fi systems if wireless becomes the accepted norm. I bet high end cable manufacturers aren’t investing much in its development.

    Interesting how the meaning of words evolves. Sixty years ago if you talked about wireless you meant the radio, the irony being the box was full of wires, and valves. In the U.K. copper could be thought of as a magazine about policemen and, as well as low value coinage, referred to an early type of washing machine. I wouldn’t chance your vinyl(s) in it though.

    Thanks to Paul, Frank, and all who contribute to this interesting and useful publication. A valuable commodity that we are fortunate to get for free.

    1. I can’t speak for Paul here, but I’m always willing to go out on a limb to test it for structural integrity. I suspect the name Copper, in this case, might come from direct metal mastering to copper in addition to any of the other uses mentioned. J.I. Agnew wrote a series on the DMM Dubplate beginning in issue 150. I highly recommend it.

      1. Thanks for that Jack. Interesting article, it reminds me how complex and potentially frustrating vinyl or should I say groove play back can be. It also has more than its fair share of TLA’s (three letter abbreviations) what with VTF, VTA, VPM and SRA. There’s bound to be more.
        Being into digital playback, notably CD, it was this line that struck home.
        “ Any conversion or transfer for that matter that can be avoided, is best avoided.”
        A belief I have long thought and held myself.

        Actually that belief raises another question. A few contributors here have reported that they copy their CD’s into a storage device and the played back files sound better than the original CD. I don’t doubt their experience but it makes no sense to me. Possibly a topic for another day?

  3. I have worked with Frank on a few projects and he is a wonderful person. Generous with his time and knowledge. It is amazing how he regularly pulls this all together. The community is lucky to have him at the helm of Copper and to have Paul’s vision of what an online community should look and act like.

  4. Aside from the obvious evidence of Frank’s brilliance as an editor (which is reinforced every two weeks), I’d like to add that he is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. It’s an honor to call him “friend.”


  5. The beauty of the Absolute Sound was that it was reader-sponsored and not dependent on attracting advertisers.

    I suspect it began as a rant about early solid-state gear that advertised unprecedented specifications while sounding far worse than the tube gear it was trying to replace. The fact that it cost a quarter as much to manufacture yet hi-fi prices remained sky-high was no doubt an additional factor in Harry Pearson’s reason for starting it.

    Copper continues that tradition which we all thank Paul for.

    1. I also like Copper a lot and thank Paul and Frank for their great effort and its result!

      Regarding non-dependency of advertisers, this doesn’t strike too much imo in case of Copper, as the main benefit of this non-dependency would be independent reviews and reviews seem to be no field of activity for Copper. The only brand „advertised“ for in a way is PSAudio and Octave Records, the articles are of general nature and interest and probably wouldn’t be influenced by other advertising companies. I read of no extreme opinions (like your mentioned rant on solid state in early AS) so far, that wouldn’t make it to commercial magazines, too.

      I quite often read the preference for analog, vinyl or tape of various editors or interviewed professionals, which nowadays isn’t blasphemy anymore, too…so the probably most extreme opinion I’d enjoy would be another one except Paul, waving the digital flag as high 😉 And honestly, an interview with someone like Jamie Howarth of Plangent would for sure be a fun insight! And how about an interview with you?

  6. I have discovered so many new artists I probably never would have heard of without Copper Magazine. as an example, the marvelously gifted and humble, Jo Quail. I was literally stunned when I first heard her. I could not believe the tapestry of sound she was able to create. I ordered an album from her production company direct and while it was costly to get from England lo and behold it came with a handwritten postcard from Jo Quail in the package. Classy move and made me a fan for life. I am sixty-six years old enjoy many types of music Copper brings me many avenues to explore.

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