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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Suesskind Phono Stage


Maybe the most sophisticated Phono Stage on this planet. Ultra low noise -160dB from 1V.

The noise impedance is only 0,29Ohm. The best active stages are around 5 Ohm and have 1/F noise, especially when the are based on JFets. So this is 17,2413793 times better with no thermal noise in the bass. The trick is a super high quality transformer input inside a feedback loop. Then a double differential super precision shunt RIAA comes. Yes this stage has 4 RIAA circuits, 2 per channel trimmed with Teflon trimmers. The picture is only the equalizer. The PSU is in another box of the same design and even more heavy. The cabinets are honed out off massive aluminum slabs. Many thanks to Brandt Kwiram of Hardcraft for this outstanding work. Thanks Markus Grelka for the nice finish and the wonderful job on the brass plates. There where a lot of other people involved too, too much to mention but you know who you are.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Naska Loris lamp

Love it!

This lamp is about 50 years old... about same vintage of the Studer C37!

Bruno Maderna in Milan in the ‘60s

Yesterday evening, a late 1 A.M. aehm, so earlier today, a TV documentary about Bruno Maderna at Electronic/Concrete Music workshop in Milan... I was in awe: Studer C37, Studer J37 and other great studio gears...

I wonder how many treasures like this remain in the RAI’s belly.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Disc of the Month - Big Bill Broonzy & Pete Seeger in NYC (Folkways 1956)


I collected Folkways Records’ discs since I was in my teens... please don’t ask why, my first Folkways’ disc was Roscoe Halcomb’s... to-day date, I own 50+ and sometimes when browsing in my discotheque I come across a disc I didn’t listened to in eons... 

This morning, it happened again: a great NYC radio live show, with interviews and jokes and all... truly a joy listening to Big Bill Broonzy giving with his very voice a definition of Blues... to me it sounds like someone would be asking to Leonardo Da Vinci about the Monna Lisa! and from his very own voice!!!

... and a seldom heard dueting of his guitar with Pete Seeger’s banjo... again, Big Bill wowing on a childish yet fond banjo rendition of a Bach’s Chorale’

Those were the days: a Sunday morning in NYC around noon, in 1956... another world, maybe another planet, sure a different era. 

Try to get this disc, folks... it’s not an audiophile recording, it’s just an honest, lively mono record... BUT, hey! it’s the Real Thing!

Stay safe, stay healthy.

Love everyone.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

из России с любовью...


Tools of the craft - Tony Rice’s Martin D28 (1935)

Don’t find a better way to commemorate the late Art Dudley (an accomplished acoustic guitar player and scholar himself) with his great essay about - yes! - not a piece of gears, but a tool made for living music, a one of a kind old battered wooden workhorse now called an Holy Grail guitar.

Thanks Art and The Fretboard Journal.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Art Dudley passed today!

Very, very sad news from overseas... Art Dudley passed this morning... he was a witty writer and reviewer for the very best audio magazines and a gentle presence on web, always empathic and friendly and kind... I’ll miss him dearly.

My condolences to his family and friends.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Truth seeker

Savary - the Stradivarius of the bassoons

An incredibly fine recording, a world premiere... recorded in Bern, Switzerland in 2013, using a Bassetto’s Savary bassoon replica and an historic flute and fortepiano. Just gorgeous!

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Amber sound - new mono DaVa cartridge from Lithuania

DaVa MONO Vintage FC cartridge starts the line of DaVa MONO cartridges. Everybody knows, that old mono vinyls were recorded in direct cutting way. It needed minimum of recording equipment. 

It gave high result in emotional sense of music.This cartridge was created to raise that listening in the other, new level. 

It is based on the same electromagnetic technology and built using cactus cantilever . It is designed in old schooled patination matched with traditional my nation’s amber found in the Baltic sea and widely used in producing many kinds of jewelry and decorations.

I didn’t expect its sound to be so powerful, to contain the legend of pure music. It seems the music goes through your mind and body, you can feel its delicate vibrations on your skin. 

The line of DaVa MONO FC cartridges will include : 1. current DaVa MONO FC Vintage cartridge (only for mono vinyls), 2 . DaVa MONO FC (for mono and stereo vinyls) . 3. DaVa MONO FC 78. The principle of generator construction has never been used in any cartridges before,it is unique . All of them have 0,2 Mv output.

Kudos to Darius for his new creation.

A different point of view?

A necessary approach, these days...

I very seldom listen to my Gotorama and many activities, including hauling heavy stuffs helped by my cool, strong nephew (impossible handling my Studer C37 without his help) are postponed to better, future days...

I'm mostly enjoying my wife company at home with the musical comfort of small system (Chiomenti's Lo Scherzo with RK50 Alps pot, Grundig Audiorama 7000 and Spotify Premium via MacBook).

The last time I went to my Studietto, I was able to turn ON the system and spin some disc and reel and... what I got seemed like an epiphany - i.e. the days I spent without the highest definition/dyamic system improved my experience to a new level of overall satisfaction, orgasm... aehm, eargasm-like.

It's like when looking at an awesome landscape... if you look first-hand it's much more than if you live there.

The humble conclusion? 

As I already noticed in the past, music is faaaaar mooooore important and necessary to me than most gears on the planet and I could live without my electronics and ancillaries... BUT - also if it's such a joy listening to it on Gotrorama with my blah, blah, blah... - I couldn't live without the music I lived with most of my life.

Stay safe and healthy, folks...

Love everyone.