Adventures in collecting "modern jazz": the classical music of America from the Fifties and Sixties, on original vinyl, on a budget, from England. And writing about it, since 2011. 100% coronavirus-free content.
In 1982, the combined forces of Decca/Telefunken (TelDec) and Georg Neumann Gmbh launched a German compilation of classical music tracks demonstrating the new analog mastering process – Direct Metal Mastering:(10 For Sale from €7.87). The DMM process entered the Blue Note chain … Continue reading →
Enforced time away from music, while power cables were being upgraded, seemed an ideal opportunity to tackle a subject that had been at the back of my mind for some time. For once, time was was in abundant supply, to … Continue reading →
I didn’t want my mailbox jammed with everyone telling me what KoB matrices they have got (some did anyway, great) – but then I had a brainwave: Polldaddy! Hopefully this will work. If it doesn’t then there’s nothing lost, except I … Continue reading →
After a hard day at the Bedrock Quarry, Fred and Barney relax spinning a few discs. Vinyl records have been around a long time, but many aspects of their manufacture remain shrouded in mystery, which it is helpful to the modern day collector to understand. … Continue reading →
“Audiophile Pete Hutchison has gone to extraordinary lengths to reissue golden era classical recordings in their purest form. He talks to Killian Fox about the price of perfection, the ‘digital con’, and the sound of a truly analogue recording” Anyone … Continue reading →
Everyone should know that audio quality and vinyl weight are not causally related, not that you would guess that from the volume of “180 gram audiophile pressings” burgeoning record shop shelves. The depth of groove is determined during the lacquer master cutting process, and … Continue reading →
Most Blue Note pressings made during the 1950s exhibit a deep groove on both sides of the label central area. After around 1960, new pressing dies which left no deep groove were introduced into the manufacturing process, and original first pressings thereafter have no deep groove on either … Continue reading →