Thursday, July 5, 2018

  I'm still using and loving the Croft, and all the other parts of the system I posted about in May. I have an unused SAE cartridge, the same body, but with a hyper elliptical stylus. I'll install it when the one I'm using is done (and send the worn one for retipping). I keep wondering what a belt or idler drive table might sound like, but am very content and happy where things are.
  Do check out the band, R+R= NOW. They play exilerating jazz, with finger on the pulse newness, and deep immersion in jazz history, in the same moment.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Current System.

Croft phono integrated (not from the seventies), Technics SL-1401, SAE 1000-E, Altec 14s.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Re: Thanks for contacting us.

I’ve been on hold for than 10 minutes. I’m having trouble playing your exclusive 808 movie…it’s not playing. In 5 minutes I’m going to cancel…update…5 minutes later I got to technical support, told my problem, and was told I’d been routed to the wrong department…I don’t have another 15. I’m cancelling….Tidal sounds way better.
If you’re paying attention, I’d love to hear from you, explaining why I’d be making a mistake.

Best Regards

Friday, December 2, 2016

I'm not dreaming.

 Blue & Lonesome IS on Tidal, and as expected, sounds MUCH better on the hifi stream than on apple music)
  This is the first Stones album I've wanted to own since Some Girls. I've only heard half (on Apple Music, it's not on Tidal today), but it sounds loud, greasy and dirty. Not a cash grab, not a museum piece (like much of Eric Clapton's recent blues output), this is big fun.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Recently arrived: Clements Little D

These rare Canadian speakers, the bottom of Clements' ribbon/compression line, were in rough shape when I got them. They sounded great for about an hour, then the woofer in the right speaker started to distort at a specific frequency (it's in the bass line of Dire Straits' Six Blade Knife). The foams, which looked fine were starting to deteriorate. Now refoamed, with new sound absorbent front baffle treatment (the original foam turned to dust years ago), they sound beautiful. Their bass is truly impressive for their size, and the ribbon tweeter covers a wide frequency range seamlessly, with awesome musicality and great detail, without brightness. I'm loving these!