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AnalogPlanet Aug 2018

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From the Archives: Analog Corner #91
There was a reference to a SOTA turntable in an episode of The Sopranos in the fall of 2002. Tony's son, A.J., and a pal were visiting a wealthy girlfriend when the pal popped out from the hallway and exclaimed, "A mint copy of Rubber Soul! That must be worth a fortune! And a SOTA turntable!"

Looks Good Enough to E.A.T. JO No 5 Moving Coil Cartridge
This revolutionary cartridge comes in two flavors: plain and peanut. When the stylus wears out instead of having the cartridge re-tipped, you eat it. It melts in your mouth, not in your hands. Best for "mint" LPs, etc.

The Wonderful Sounds of Female Vocals
Humungous conflict of interest alert! I wrote this compilation's liner notes and created the 22 song track order. Chad Kassem selected the female artists and the individual tracks sourced from albums he'd previously licensed and released on vinyl, SACD and high resolution download (maybe even R2R tape).

AnalogPlanet Visits Symbol Audio/Furniture in Nyack, N.Y.
At the New York Audio Show a few years ago visitors, especially couples, found themselves attracted to a "console stereo" featuring a tube amplifier (with Blue-Tooth functionality), a high end Pro-Ject turntable, a pair of full range speakers plus a hidden powered 300 watt subwoofer all housed in a stunning-looking solid wood cabinet.

Can You Tell Me How Master Tapes Are/Were Usually Handled Back in "the Day"?
I was wondering if you could tell me how the master tapes are/were usually handled back in the day? The reason I ask is because there are several master tapes floating around on the internet and people are offering reel to reel copies of them for sale.

Get to Know "The Unknowable" (Now With Audio Track)
The first unknowable is the correct speed at which to play this oddly accessible 100% improvised double LP set of 13 spontaneous collaborations between saxophonist Dave Liebman and a pair of eclectic percussionists, Adam Rudolph and Tatsuya Nakatani. There's nothing written on the gatefold jacket or the labels indicating speed, but I'm pretty sure its 45rpm!

Yes, You Can Replace Rotting Speaker Surrounds!
Recently my mother-in-law's good friend needed to sell her late husband's audio gear and record collection so I went over to see what was there. She had a mint Denon DP-59L turntable fitted with an ADC XLM MKII cartridge, a Panasonic SA HE100 AV Control receiver and a pair of Boston Acoustics A100s, big floor stander two ways.

From the Archives: Analog Corner #90
Back in the mid-1980s, how many guys do you figure were hauling milk crates full of used LPs around America, from record fair to record fair? Hundreds? Thousands? How many are still doing it now?

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Lousville's Funhouse Records Adds 300,000 to the Store's Inventory
Louisville's Funhouse Records just acquired 300,000 plus records from a Texas based "junker". Five years ago Funhouse owner Bill Barriger "had little interest in used vinyl records" according to Courier Journal reporter (and record collector and AnalogPlanet/Stereophile reader) Jeffrey Lee Puckett. (Photo: Michael Clevenger, Courier Journal).

AnalogPlanet and Stereophile at EISA 2018, Antwerp, Belgium
EISA is the European Imaging and Sound Association. Founded more than 35 years ago by a few European magazine editors, it has since expanded to incorporate audio, video and home theater.

Analog Corner #243
Using light to read data from a disc sounds a lot like the technology behind the Compact Disc--but you may be happy to hear there's nothing digital about DS Audio's optical phono cartridge. The DS-W1 uses the motions of a Shibata stylus and boron cantilever to modulate the output of its externally powered light-emitting diode (LED).

Jack White's Latest Album Is Excellent (In Case You Missed It)
"Rock is dead. No modern rock artist can have a number one album. Anybody who makes something this weird can't make the Billboard 200 at all, right?"

Oracle Audio Swings For the Middle Deck With the Origine MkII Turntable
Best known for its sexy looking Delphi turntable first introduced in 1979 and currently in its MK VI iteration ($8850), Canada-based Oracle Audio recently updated its lowest priced Origine turntable to MKII status.

A/V Tech Media Review Policy Reminder
Due to a number of recent unauthorized solicitations to high-fidelity manufacturers, distributors and media-relations personnel for review equipment, we feel it necessary to post this policy reminder.

Capitol/UMe Readies 50th Anniversary "Music From Big Pink"
Capitol/UMe releases on August 31st a newly remixed and remastered 50th Anniversary edition of The Band's epic 1968 debut Music From Big Pink.Bob Clearmountain re-mixed from the original 4 track tapes in both stereo and 5.1 channel surround mixes.

Joan Baez's Debut Vanguard LP Coming From Craft, Cut From Original Master Tape
Joan Baez's debut album recorded in 1960 when she was 19 years old will be released in early September by Craft Records cut by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes that were rumored to have been lost.

Charles Lloyd's "Modern Sounds In Country and Jazz"
At 80 Charles Lloyd can musically pretty much do whatever the hell he wants, though he did likewise at age 30 in 1966 when he fronted a group featuring 21 year old Keith Jarrett, 24 year old Jack DeJohnette and at 31 the group's "elder statesman" Cecil McBee, and produced the classic Forest Flower (Atlantic SD 1473), recorded live at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

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