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AnalogPlanet Feb 2022

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2nd Edition

Tapestry Mobile Fidelity One-Step Versus ORG Standard Pressing (Time Line Correction)
Thanks to a reader's generosity I was sent a copy to audition of Mobile Fidelity's One-Step release of Carole King's Tapestry album. It's clear to me I'm on Mo-Fi's "bad dog" list. I've not been offered for review any of the company's turntables, phono preamps or cartridges.

You Have a Lovely Voice Paul, But Artie Has a Fine Voice
Pushkin co-founder Malcolm Gladwell and his friend Bruce Headlam, co-founder of music podcast Broken Record (under the Pushkin umbrella, in which they share hosting with Rick Rubin), team up to converse with and attempt to "explain" Paul Simon's genius in "Miracle and Wonder", a lengthy, impeccably produced multi-chapter audio biography they rightly call a "book".

Sumiko Debuts Wellfleet Moving Magnet Cartridge
Sumiko today debuted the Wellfleet, a new high performance moving magnet cartridge featuring a nude elliptical stylus.

Tornado & Lock Down Produces Welch & Rawlings' All The Good Times Are Past And Gone
First their Woodland Studio took a direct hit from the tornado that tore through Nashville March of 2020, and then came the Covid lock down.

Who's Umami?
The extensive Hana moving coil cartridge lineup manufactured in Japan by the half-century old Excel Sound Corporation ("controversial" factory tour embedded below) is a high value, performance, and quality, logically progressing array that until the release of the $3950 Umami Red was priced from a $475 low to a $1200 high.

A New "On the Wall" Way to Store and Display Records from Toneoptic
Toneoptic founder and graphic arts designer Fabian Geyrhalter decided "It is time to rethink how we store and select records". He's come up with a unique, patent pending design and hired "the best designer, engineer and advisors (from Frank Gehry Partners, Boeing Aircraft and Cambridge Audio amongst others)" to execute the concept.

1st Edition

Tornado & Lock Down Produces Welch & Rawlings' All The Good Times Are Past And Gone
First their Woodland Studio took a direct hit from the tornado that tore through Nashville March of 2020, and then came the Covid lock down.

Who's Umami?
The extensive Hana moving coil cartridge lineup manufactured in Japan by the half-century old Excel Sound Corporation ("controversial" factory tour embedded below) is a high value, performance, and quality, logically progressing array that until the release of the $3950 Umami Red was priced from a $475 low to a $1200 high.

A New "On the Wall" Way to Store and Display Records from Toneoptic
Toneoptic founder and graphic arts designer Fabian Geyrhalter decided "It is time to rethink how we store and select records". He's come up with a unique, patent pending design and hired "the best designer, engineer and advisors (from Frank Gehry Partners, Boeing Aircraft and Cambridge Audio amongst others)" to execute the concept.

Pro-Ject Debuts The Fully Automatic $499 AUTOMAT A1 Turntable
Pro-Ject today introduced the $499.00 AUTOMAT A1 its first fully automatic turntable.

On Blue Banisters Lana Del Rey Faintly Whispers Words of Wisdom
We know that relationships dictate our life's outcome. However, what isn't obvious is the way relationships exist not only between people, but also within and beyond them. Singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey fortunately knows this well, though now more than ever she understands their utility.

Coltrane "Live" At The Village Vanguard Lives Again!
Listening today to this record originally released February, 1962--60 years ago--it's difficult to understand why it created controversy so intense that Downbeat's editor at the time invited Coltrane and Eric Dolphy to "defend" it in print.

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