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Wednesday, May 31, 2017


Someone among my loyal readers maybe noticed a sort-of embarrassment and shy silence re. my recent Japanese trip...

Sincerely also the random readers shared this feeling - randomly, of course;-) - with yours truly...

"Why... WHY? do you not write about the several aural experiences you had in Japan?"

I invite you all to wear my shoes for a while: just imagine...

The trip was marvellous, the people I met was awesome, I found sought after records, played incredibly rare guitars, listened to the most precious Western Electric speakers on Earth, shared laughs and thoughts and chats, travelled from Sapporo to Fukuoka and some points in-between, got empathy and friendship, esteem given and received, was hosted and enjoyed great moments with great people...

So what?

Why this embearassment, you'll say?

I'm naked, pals!

I MUST... M U S T,  as asked by my honesty, report in my diary my truest feeling without offending, hurting my Japanese friends and hosts.

Easy task?

Naaaaaaah!!! Just don't be jealous about my journey!

It's a nightmare, actually... let me try to explain...

Did you notice I didn't quoted music, yet?

Are you after this elusive element so important for - sure mine - our lives?

Well, hell.. YES! I'm pretty sure.

... as are my Japanese pals, the proud owners of these extremely expensive, hyper-rare, unobtanium pieces of audio art.

Western Electric and Kanno's Western Electric replicas are among the MOST sought-after gears on the planet and people got a sort-of mythical-fellowship... you know: the kind of Ferrari 250 GTO or Isotta Fraschini or BMW Rennesport thing, you know...

The rarest the best, isn't it?

So what?

Western Electric horns and drivers are so rare, veritable audio four leaf clovers...

Who really listened to WE 15A, 16, 13 horns and WE 555 field coils and Tungars?


At Silbatone's shrine in Munchen's M.O.C., maybe... or... sure not at your local Radio Shack or Yodobashi;-)

... music?

... sough-after gears?

... music?

Sincerely, folks: I'm and always have been after music, not gears... I consider them electronic electrical appliances... at least if/when they're idolized, per se...

This happens, ooooh, how it happens... and I'm also guilty for sometimes idolizing... you bet it? Goto speakers, for example...

What I'm badly trying to say?

When I meet friends at my place, my humble, tiny studietto, I try to give my hosts the best music I can...

I search in my personal,  inner music data-base for seldom heard music, adapting my choices to my hosts...

... I'm very, very, very seldom playing Diana Krall or Take Five or other audiophile tricky tracks!

I like to explore and give to my friends the best I can, music-wise.

TdP, I wrote...

Tim de Paravicini, yes...

I consider Tim a one-of-a-kind, eccentric, witty, truly unique individual... a love-or-hate-him-kind of guy for someone, not me... but, he knows!

During the recent Japan Triode Meeting, while other people were exhibiting and showing expensive audio electrical appliances of sort, Tim was humbly playing music! I mean music he mastered, cutting the lacquer, injecting the right dynamics and headroom... an art.

Am I nut?


I'm the Audio Anarchist, I'm baaaad and I'm baaaack;-)))

          The Audio Anarchist with Jean Hiraga

Tim was showing and playing his own electronics with a pair of (italian-made) Diapason Astera bookshelf speakers, so... sure NOT the kind of elusive gears played at other meeting venues...

... blah, blah, blahhhh...

What a lesson, folks...

A for free, invaluable lesson.

... while many of other participants were mouth-watering at those hyper-hyped Western Electric speakers and bespoke amps and crossovers and PSUs, not many were hooked at Tim's room where he was officiating a mass to the Gods of Music...

These Gods are someway... spiteful - i.e. they hide and seek, unrespectful of magazine, webzines, gurus and money...

... they show themselves up whenever and wherever they wish... here and there, randomly, yet always, ALWAYS true to themselves!

I was sooooooo impressed at Tim's room at the temple, in Ukiha, Fukuoka-ken, Japan!

I got a satori... an illumination!

Tim played his ace, the trick of his very trade: music!

He began with a Procol Harum remastering test-disc, then he played Dire Straits, Buddy Holly and... BANG!

He put his very best foot forward, indeed...

A '60s Frank Sinatra's superb mastering he did for an aborted project...

... and what I heard, ohhh my!

What I heard!!!

Subtleties, music, class, details, surprise, joy, good feeling... hey, is it not what I'm after?

I sincerely don't give a fuck to hyper-expensive gears!

I want emotion a-plenty!


I feel so hugely better: I had some days to look inside me to settle my doubts and express them.

Tim knows, do you remember?

He got straight to the core of the thing: he played the immaterial truth I was looking for... I was joined in this very illumination by my pals Glenn, David and Rafal... I'm pretty sure this moment was something for us all!

... look at our smiles: isn't it happiness? I bet it!

Tim the Maven Baron so easily "hypnotised" us all with his craft and was a winner!

Too bad if only a bunch of us were able to experience this blast... ohhh, it was!

He simply played out the hell from these grooves... while others were after the WE physical gears-idols.

Music, d'ya remember?

... not audio electrical appliances.

I'm a believer, folks...

Thanks, Tim.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The audio anarchist

... strange shot in company of Kanno-san and Jean Hiraga sensei-san...

I look Frencher than Frenches... sort-of  '68 anarchist;-)

The Audio Anarchist?

Friday, May 26, 2017

Utsuwaryori Sano - 125-2 Narahara - Asakura - Fukuoka-ken

Such an experience: I went at this countryside, one-Michelin-star restaurant with some friends, during my recent Japanese journey...

I enjoyed the few hours I spent at this place immensely, enjoying both food, so light, tasteful and elegant and the conversation.

Only hope I'll be able to return in the near future with my wife... how she would have enjoy the overall atmosphere and food.

Thanking Tim, Oliva, David and Glenn for being part of such a perfect day... and to the chef for the above edible beauty.

Domo arigato gozaimashita.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Weirdo in Tokyo

A British-made tonearms servicing center in Tokyo...

... or not?

EMT 930st - time to let it go... gone!

Japan random pixies and thoughts

I'm really far too close to the recent Japanese experience and am not in the mood to put a decent review of what I heard and enjoyed...


I'd say over-dosed by audio?

Maybe... but never of music, of course.

Sure I'll share with you, folks, a true personal (universal?)  belief: technical redundancies and musical bliss not always come hand-in-hand!

Shinzo's system at his superb music-bar in Fukuoka, with BHT amp, Westrex Acoustilens speakers, EMT 930st, Marantz model 1 preamps and Revox G36s was - maybe - the best overall sound.

Kato system in Toyama was another league, so talking about viable music systems...

Sato-san in Sapporo was so elegant, yet sound-wise, quite "slow", hi-fish/coldish, uninvolving.

Kyohara's WE16s system in Ukiha? What a system, visually so impressive, unique!



Yoshihara's system and his private pole?

Impressive system, but... sound-wise?


A big lesson: everything sounds, yet music only seldom blossoms.

Tubes are cool, sought-after... but solid state is able to sound much better, in some systems.

I'm just suggesting the mixed-feelings I got after listening to 12 (twelve) different systems in Japan: the exotica of every given installation, gear-wise, cannot be splitted from the musical result, period.

The above just hinted personal opinions are - of course - music-only related, with my deep concern about people and their efforts and expenses, who/which I sincerely appreciate and respect.