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AnalogPlanet Dec 2018

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2nd Edition.

From The Archives: Analog Corner #104
If you're looking for something completely new and/or different in a turntable design, you won't find it in Musical Fidelity's new $5000 M1 turntable. The M1 uses tried and true mechanical concepts, design strategies, and materials, with an emphasis on precision machining.

Joan Baez's Debut Album Still A Wonder
Joan Baez recorded this Vanguard debut in 1960 at age 19. With her impossibly high and pure quavering voice and matching pristine finger picking guitar, she and this album created a sensation that helped shift the "folk-revival" back to authenticity from the commerciality into which it had drifted.

Furnace Record Pressing Fires Up!
Last year when AnalogPlanet visited Furnace Record Pressing in Alexandria Virginia last year it was an enormous, mostly empty building. The vinyl pressing plant infrastructure installation had just begun.

From The Archives: Analog Corner #103
"What's this? The new Thorens turntable? It doesn't look like a Thorens turntable." That's what I thought as I unboxed the new Thorens 850--part of the new 800 line from the rejuvenated company. Sure, I'd seen mockups at trade shows, but until I get the finished product in my hands, I really don't pay careful attention.

"John Wesley Harding" 3-Way Reveal!
AnalogPlanet recently posted 3 96/24 "John Wesley Harding" files recorded from original, Sony Legacy and Mobile Fidelity mono records and asked readers to weigh in on what they heard and which they preferred (if any).

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Nabisco's New Oreo Turntable Sounds Sweet! Or Tastes Sweet...
Nabisco recently announced a turntable that plays Oreo cookies. Pop any Oreo cookie onto the platter and it will play a tune. Take a bit out of it and it plays a different tune. Apparently it's been on the market for a few weeks and the company is sold out for now.

The Deep, Connective Tissue of Resonance's "Eric Dolphy Musical Prophet" 3 LP Set
Billed as "The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions", Resonance Records' Black Friday offering Eric Dolphy Musical Prophet is anything but one of those RSD repackaged assemblages of cast off secondary material meant for fanatical completists. The phrase "connective tissue" kept running through my head as I listened to the 3 LPs and read "mouth agape" the vital annotation that threaded together the confused recorded history.

"Electric Ladyland" Box Set Panic! Calm Down, Please!
During last fall's "Blues Masters at the Crossroads" concert weekend at Chad Kassem's Blue Heaven studios, attendees were invited to tour Quality Record Pressings where workers were busy assembling the just-released Electric Ladyland box set containing a Bernie Grundman all-analog remastering from the original analog tapes of the double LP set.

On "Birdcage" Sophia Pfister Bares More Than Her Soul
To help pay for her self-funded debut EP Sophia Pfister worked in a mortuary. Now, two years later, she's released her first LP--also self-funded. Since that first effort she's expanded her web presence on her own website as well as on most social media platforms and streaming services. Most importantly, she's steadily gigged, performing live around the Los Angeles area.

Soundsmith Revamps Cartridge Lineup With New ES Series
Peekskill New York based Soundsmith launched at last October's RMAF a new ES line of moving cartridges that includes ES versions of their Otello, The Voice, Aida, Carmen MKII, Zephyr MKIII, Zephyr MIMIC, Hyperion, Paua MKII, and Sussuro MKII.

SME Importer Bluebird Music Reduces Prices on All SME Turntables and Tonearms
North American SME importer Bluebird Music recently announced "significant" across the board price reductions on all SME products, effective November 23, 2018. For instance, the SME Model 10 (pictured above), with the world famous 309 tonearm included, now sells for under $9,000.

From The Archives: Analog Corner #102
Bose ran a full-page ad for its Wave radio a few weeks ago in the New York Times. The headline was "Proof That Great Ideas Get Heard." The company patted itself on the back for winning a technology award for the radio from "Forbes ASAP." The award cites the Wave as being one of 15 "world-changing" technological breakthroughs, on an equal footing with Bell's telephone, Edison's light bulb, and the invention of the CD.

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