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Sunday, November 11, 2018

My best recording to-date




Yesterday I attended to an organ concert in my hometown Cattedrale...


... and recorded it.

I placed the Neumann USM-69 stereo in Blumlein, crossed 8-figure pattern about six meters from the organ, at about four meter height from church floor, using my trusty Sound Devices 722 at 24bit/192Khz.






The sound, also during monitoring through Beyer DT-48, was gorgeous!






















The church reverberation was well here BUT not over-emphasizing and blurring the very organ voice... when I listened to the recording through Gotorama, I was jaw-dropped by the beauty and trueness of the sound: not the usual thick, slow sound too often experienced in organ recordings, but a great recording, with extremely quick decay, not showing any unwanted echoing and frequencies cancelling.

A beauty.

Dynamics are impressively rendered, low-end is true to life and high frequencies are extremely clear, extended and effortless, not shouting.

I must admit I'm very, very satisfied of the recording.


Proud.


Thanking my lovely wifey for most of the above pixies... and maestro Johannes Götz for his majestic playing.





Saturday, November 10, 2018

Christmas' Yard Sale - on consignment (part 1)




Selling from the estate of a good friend family, a gorgeous Technics SP-10 "BBC" I made for him years ago, nicknamed "The White Whale"...

It's a top conditions SP-10 which was carefully dismantled, cleaned and whose chassis was professionally painted with automotive paint in butter white, à la Garrard 301.














A nice plinth was bespoke-made and a 10" Fidelity Research 64-S was added to the combo.

The White Whale comes with BBC-adapter, cables, PSU, head shell and FR's arm original box.

Not expensive... expert, professional crating and Fedex shipping at actual cost.

The turntable will work at 117V/60hz and 220V/50hz flawlessly.


I invite everyone wishing a trouble-free direct-drive turntable, serviced and clean and unique to contact yours truly at stefanocello-AT-gmail-DOT-com







Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Art Ensemble of Chicago's definitive ECM collection



Santa's coming, so... here is a 21 disks collection of AEoC's by ECM...









Grab it!



Ken Kessler's tapes addiction



I was well aware that maestro Kessler was a pre-recorded tapes avid collector and user... but this is the very first time I see his audio system and impressive tapes library...



Read the full article here... enjoy.







Thursday, November 1, 2018

Jordan Watts



I never, ever experienced a better crating when getting any kind of stuffs from Ebay...











I love Jordan Watts'... they are incredibly musical vintage speakers, truly magnifying audio lenses.

Grab them while still available and humanly priced.

They're really superb sounding, indeed!








Friday, October 26, 2018

Maria Kazantseva visited Studietto







... such a pleasure...




As you see, Maria stands near Gotorama and - in the background - TAS' "Goodear" silkscreen: she sure is a goodear, very passionate and music loving, but also a wonderful young woman who brings joy to everyone has the pleasure to meet.


Спасибо, Мария Казанцева ... До скорой встречи.

Bitches Brew revamped!







If someone doesn't have this...



... it's time to grab it!



Monday, October 22, 2018

Organic




There is a so subtle pleasure in listening to Miles' Bitches Brew on Tandberg 9200-XD through the old trusty Tandberg 114-116-8 speakers...

The overall sound makes music so enjoyable and no brainer, like when a younger me was, simply and plainly, enjoying music at the radio and later on the first audio system.





At the time I was only a music lover, not an audiophile... so curious and hungry of new music...

The 9,5 cm/s Bitches Brew flows better than any Blue Ray disk I'm aware of... strange enough, it's not a matter of frequency range and distortion percentage, but it concerns music: the musical intensity is almost painful, intense, the sound isn't more important than music.

My limited vocabulary makes me sadly not able to better describe the sense of complete aural-confortnest... when Miles with his unique gravely voice sweetly call for "John" (McLaughlin)'s guitar its an epiphany: it seems the mix to be different from vinyl or CD, as the balance is so intellegible and communicative!

It's organic.