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Koeppel Design's New LP Block Solves the Age-Old "Where the Hell Did I Put That Record Jacket?" Problem
It's an age-old problem and a problem of old age-- particularly in a cluttered listening room: you put the record on the turntable, put the jacket down and then forget where you put it. Has that ever happened to you?

New Los Angeles Area Vinyl Mastering Facility Opens
The facility added this year "... a new room fitted with a vintage VMS66 lathe, completely overhauled and subjected to listening tests, modifications, and technical optimizations for months on end. Our dedicated cutting staff, head up by Nick Townsend and Chris Noel, now provides lacquering for your projects at the highest levels of fidelity."

1996 "High End" Show Kempinksi Hotel, Frankfurt, Germany
You've seen videos here of the world's largest audio show, "High End" Munich. Back in the 1990s, the show, held in Frankfurt's Kempinski Hotel, more closely resembled a sleepy American affair--as this vintage video demonstrates. It was a very "German" show at the time, musically and otherwise, though even then you'll hear "Take Five" and "Belafonte at Carnegie Hall".

"Forest Flower" in Full Flower on Speakers Corner AAA Reissue
Charles Lloyd's young group, together but a year, played this set September 8th 1966 at the Monterey Jazz Festival, opening with the title tune--actually the two-in-one "Forest Flower-Sunrise" and "Forest Flower-Sunset", both lilting, hypnotic and mesmerizing "hippie-like" tunes that presaged in its mood the next year's "Summer of Love" Monterey Pop Festival.

"Sunday at the Village Vanguard" Mobile Fidelity Ultradisc Sells Out
Bassist Scott LaFaro's death in a Geneva, New York car accident ten days after the Sunday, June 25th, 1961 recording of this Village Vanguard set did more than add a tragic luster to the story. It upended what might have been a very different track order here and on Waltz For Debby, the second record sourced using tracks recorded that day by engineer David Jones on a modified Ampex 350 using Scotch 111 tape.

Shinola Runwell Turntable Follow-Up
Last March AnalogPlanet reviewed Shinola's Runwell turntable. Designed and built in conjunction with VPI Industries, the Shinola is a solidly built truly American product that's intended as a "plug-and-play" turntable, complete with a built-in MM phono preamp and supplied with an installed and calibrated Ortofon 2M Blue cartridge.

Pink Floyd's "The Wall" Illustrator Gerald Scarfe Interviewed
Illustrator/political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe spoke yesterday (6/16/17) with AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer after Scarfe's hour-long talk at London's Victoria and Albert Museum where since May 13th (and running through October 1st) "The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains" has been attracting large, enthusiastic crowds.

1st Edition

Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings
In his annotation for Riverside's 1966 reissue of the 1961 Jazzland original single LP release Monk & Coltrane (RS 390) critic Ira Gitler (who is credited for inventing the expression "sheets of sound" to describe the note cluster technique Coltrane devised during his short time playing with Monk) writes "Coltrane's talent, set in such a fertile environment, bloomed like a hibiscus."

Meet Pink Floyd The Wall artist Gerald Scarfe Sweepstakes
Register to win an invitation for two to a private reception with Pink Floyd The Wall artist Gerald Scarfe July 8th, 2017 we are giving away.

At High End Munich 2017 An Encounter With Tedeska Cartridge Designer Hyun Lee
At High End Munich 2017 in one of the "pods" on the main floor of the MOC convention center, AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer encountered cartridge builder Hyun Lee. Berlin based Lee is a classically trained guitarist/teacher/artisan who prefers vinyl records and decided to design and build his own.

Gotta Groove Pressing Plant Movie Competes For Awards
A short film about Cleveland Pressing Plant Gotta Groove Records has been selected for screening by both the Palm Springs International ShortFest as well as the the San Francisco Documentary Festival (screening today, June 9th).

Do Tonearm Cables Make a Sonic Difference? You Decide!
More Munich High End and LAAS coverage coming but first: can you hear differences among tonearm cables? Kuzma for one, offers a couple of tonearm wire options but without first hearing each, now can you know which to order? I asked Franc Kuzma for some samples. He sent me three 4Point arm tubes, one of which was wired with two different cables, for a total of four wire choices, though I'm not sure all are currently available options.

Kevin Gray Cuts AAA Series For Speakers Corner
At his Masters of Vinyl seminar at LAAS 2017 mastering engineer Kevin Gray mentioned that he'd cut a series of records for Speakers Corner using original master tapes.

Despite Munich High End New Products Debuted at LAAS 2017
After High End Munich, some of which remains to be covered here, though chances were slim at the just concluded Los Angeles Audio Show of finding new products, we did.

The AJ Conti Transcendence Turntable Debuts at LAAS 2017
Without a doubt, the sound produced in the Vandersteen, Audio Research, Basis, Harmonic Resolution Systems room at LAAS 2017 was the best ever achieved by this team at an audio show.

Grand Prix Audio Parabolica Direct Drive Turntable Debuts at LAAS 2017
The sleek new Grand Prix Audio Parabolica direct drive turntable made its debut at the just ended Los Angeles Audio Show 2017 (shown here with TriPlanar arm and Lyra Etna cartridge).

How Andrew Jones Got Deep Bass From the $5000/pr ELAC Adante Floorstanders
Veteran loudspeaker designer Andrew Jones (KEF, TAD and now ELAC) explains how he's managed to create the new floor-standing Adante loudspeaker that produces robust, well-controlled bass for $5000 a pair.

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