Issue 52

Opening Salvo: So Many Holidays!
...and yet, I have to work on Lincoln's Birthday, Valentine's Day AND Ash Wednesday. Life ain't fair. Anyway... Welcome to Copper #52!...
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Too Much Tchaikovsky: Awards Season!
Once every year, a year passes! Pundits, critics, observers far and wide seize the opportunity to assess yada yada yada....
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Music, Audio, and Other Illnesses: In Defense of Taste
My last piece seems to have raised some eyebrows, though in the end it seems I came out more favorable...
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The Audio Cynic: What the Hell is Going On?
Back in my school-days, I found the subject of history completely boring. I realize now that it wasn't the subject...
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Quibbles and Bits: Bates---Mason, Not Norman
I have recently been introduced to the American composer Mason Bates, and in particular an album of three of his...
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Twisted Systems: Climbing to the Audio Summit Part 2: Amps/Preamps
The response to “Climbing to the Audio Summit:  Turntables” was truly amazing. The comments really were, for the most part,...
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Behind the Glass: Falling In Love
In the last issue, I wrote about a concert that PS Audio engineer Darren Myers and I put on, and...
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Vintage Whine: The Mysterious Binder
I wrote about ephemera back in Copper #37. In that column I wrote (and I'm quoting myself because I don't...
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Music'al Notes: Rikers
“Roy, would you do me a favor? Can you visit Sammy in Rikers Island? He is stopping there for a...
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... And Indie for All: Jesca Hoop
I can’t imagine a more auspicious start to an indie songwriter’s career than the one Jesca Hoop had in the...
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Music to My Ears: The Blues: Willie (who was also blind) Johnson
Out of one the darkest periods of our history came a style of music that would have never happened without...
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Something Old / Something New: Bach Violin Sonatas
J.S. Bach’s works for solo violin are compositional marvels that show off the instrument’s potential while allowing the musician to...
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Industry News: Some Good News, Some Bad News
In Copper #51 we wrote about the demise of Thiel Audio.  The reality of the situation was that the Thiel that...
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The Copper Interview: Audio Fidelity: Andrea Bass
[Back in Copper #44 I devoted a Vintage Whine column to the 60th anniversary of the single-groove stereo disc, first...
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Featured: Schwartz Does NAMM
I’ve just been to my 41st NAMM show. I’ve only been to a few CESs, about a dozen exclusively Hi-Fi...
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