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Back from Denmark!

Back from Denmark!

It was fantastic to spend the last few days in Denmark with the folks at Bang & Olufsen. We will have a full story next issue, going over the plant and their history in detail.

Though the Danes are very warm hosts, we ended our journey at the ICEBAR in Copenhagen. The interior is kept at 25 degrees F, with drinks served in solid ice, this is the by far the “coolest” place to have a drink in Copenhagen.

Pictured with me is Bailey Barnard from The Robb Report and thanks to Geoffrey Morrison from Home Entertainment Magazine for taking the photo!

http://www.icehotel.com/Content/AbsolutIcebar/Copenhagen/


How The Music Biz REALLY Works

How The Music Biz REALLY Works

Wish I could take credit for finding this bit of humor, but I tip my hat to recording engineer Eliot Mazer. Here’s a funny bit from BBC Comedy on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pehHOqx7JXg&feature=player_embedded

Enjoy!


Sennheiser Sound Teams on Tour This Summer

Sennheiser Sound Teams on Tour This Summer

Well known to music and headphone lovers all over the world, Sennheiser is taking to the streets of North America, exposing their wares to the public at various music related events and retailers. They’ve enlisted a team of very attractive male and female spokesmodels to demonstrate their headphones and according to their Facebook page, seem to be making great progress spreading the word.

Heck, I’d rather buy headphones from pretty girls rather than the dorks at Best Buy any day of the week. And Sennheiser does make great stuff, so you can’t go wrong.

I certainly hope this is the beginning of the new wave of hifi marketing…

http://www.sennheisersoundtour.com


Fab gear and stylish cars at TOM TOM Audio!

Fab gear and stylish cars at TOM TOM Audio!

Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay in the UK a couple of extra days, but here’s what I missed out on at Tom Tom Audio’s latest event, held at the St. Michaels Manor Hotel in St. Albans. In addition to the great HiFi that was set up, including a sneak peak at the new Naim standalone DAC, they had quite a few new and vintage Bentley automobiles on hand for the crowd to enjoy.

And If you will notice, there were women attending this event…

I just spent some time interviewing James for a forthcoming article in TONEAudio about “Dealers that do it right”, so look forward to hearing more about this shop that offers tremendous service, combined with an equivalent amount of passion for the gear and the music.  Watch issue 23 for the full story.  I won’t miss this one next year!

And if you are anywhere near St. Albans, book an appointment to meet James, even if you don’t need new gear just yet.

Here’s some more pictures from the event:

http://forums.naim-audio.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/48019385/m/5542938227

And a link to TOMTOM Audio:

http://www.tomtomaudio.com


A Great Day at Meridian Audio

A Great Day at Meridian Audio

Had a fantastic time at the Meridian factory in Cambridgeshire yesterday with Bob Stuart and his crew.

The full factory tour included every aspect of the company, including their extensive R&D facility along with their anechoic chamber where everything is measured.  Having  just been at the BBC the day before, I probably won’t ever visit two anechoic chambers in the same week again!

I was blown away by the size and scope of the facility as well as the attention to every phase of the construction of Meridian products.

The day ended with a visit to their home theatre room, featuring the outstanding 10k Meridian projector that some of you may have seen at this year’s CES show.  Thanks to new calibration techniques, they’ve taken this system to new heights of performance, and it is by far the most impressive video display system I’ve ever seen.

And, I got to see the Sooloos Music Servers being built and meet everyone involved with Sooloos design and programming.  Watch for some exciting Sooloos news in our next issue.


Hanging out at the BBC!

Hanging out at the BBC!

Yesterday, Alan Shaw of Harbeth Speakers took me to the BBC research centre at Kingswood Warren.  Just outside London, this quiet location is where many significant developments in the world of audio, TV and radio were produced, not the least of which, the legendary BBC monitors like the LS3/5a…

Here you see me in my best spokesmodel pose, holding a large pile of research and measurements that were done on the LS3/5a and other speakers in the range, complete with the engineers notes, photos and measurements.  I even got to see the first LS3/5a prototype!

Very cool stuff and a lot of history here….


Smoke on the water…

Smoke on the water…

Couldn’t resist, but this is that famous place and it certainly has its charm.  Off tonight to the Miles Davis hall (Below) to see John Scofield and the Piety Street band.  Curious to see how the lineup has changed since the Portland Jazz Festival in March.

Switzerland is awesome and I bought electronics from a very nice French lady.  Nerds always share a universal language!  More pics to follow and tomorrow we are off to the Nagra factory to see their latest offerings!


TONE visits Indy Audio…

Todd and Rick with the two channel products.

Staff writer Todd Sageser took a trip to Indianapolis in early June to visit Indy Audio Labs for a few days.

Indy Principal Rick Santiago introduced Todd to his partner Ted Moore and the guys spent a good deal of time listening to many of the classic Aragon and Acurus products, including a 2 channel system with the Aragon 28K pre-amp driving 8008ST and 3002 amps.  Source material included a variety of CDs and downloads from HDtracks, streamed through a Roku M1000 Soundbridge.  Todd was impressed with the openness and sheer dynamic capability of the Aragon product with a variety of speakers.

In a 2.1 studio control room system, the Aragon SoundStage Pre-Amp/Processpr drove a 8008×5 amp for the studio monitors and an Aragon Palladium monoblock easily handled a pair of Shure subwoofers.

Finally, in a home theater system, the new Aragon Stage One Pre/Amp processor fed an Acurus 125×5 5-channel Home Theater Amp.  Even with some modest Klipsch speakers, the image and sound quality blew away anything from the home theater receivers that were sitting on the shelf for comparison.

Ted and Rick in the control room with new Aragon processor.

What’s up next?  Expect to see Aragon and Acurus return to separate branding.  Also, there are some great new remote-control capabilities in development, where Rick and Ted will be getting to use their specialized engineering skills.

Todd plans to make regular visits to hear what develops and Indy Audio Labs will be sending Todd some beta product to listen to.  The guys have promised that Tone will be the first to get their new products for review!


Off to Switzerland, to tour the Nagra factory

Off to Switzerland, to tour the Nagra factory

Tomorrow morning and it’s on the road again, or rather in the air again!

Headed over to Switzerland to tour the Nagra factory and take in a few evenings of music at the Montreux Jazz Festival.  Stay tuned for daily updates, this should be a very interesting trip.


Join us on Facebook chat…

If you’d like a bit more interactive experience with us and our readers, join us on Facebook chat.  Rather than subject you to the trolling of a forum, we’ve decided to set this up in more of a “salon-like” environment.  We’ll be discussing new gear, upcoming reviews, new music and whatever else is on your mind.

You can join at:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=102224501230&ref=mf

Stop by and say hello when you have time, we look forward to hearing from you.


Next stop, Rega

Next stop, Rega

After a very nice visit with the folks from Quadraspire racks http://www.quadraspire.co.uk/  we were off to see Sir Elton John.  Full report in the next issue of TONEAudio,due out on the 26th of the month.   Now, it’s off to the REGA factory and owner, Roy Gandy’s  home to get a sneak peek at the latest gear they are soon to release.

Major announcement on Tuesday so stay tuned!


Off To The Chord Company!

Off To The Chord Company!

Had a great visit at the Chord Company, makers of excellent British cables.  These guys take their manufacturing quite seriously and build everything in house, no offshore manufacturing here!

The plant is spiffy and ther work is great.  You can’t find a bigger group of music lovers than the Chord folks and the proof is in the final result.  Watch for a review soon..

www.chord.co.uk


1st Stop – Stonehenge!

1st Stop – Stonehenge!

After a great morning at the Chord Company, we were takento visit stonehenge…  The most amazing thing is that it’s just off the freeway!  Either way the view is breathtaking and the folks at Chord are wonderful.

Watch for a full factory visit story soon!


Todd Rundgren to perform “A Wizard, A True Star” live in Akron this fall!

Todd Rundgren to perform “A Wizard, A True Star” live in Akron this fall!

The rumors are confirmed.  On September 6th at 8pm, at the Akron Civic Theater in Akron, Ohio, TR will perform this album in it’s entirety.  This is a first, as TR has never performed this record in its entirety live, so some of the tracks have been concert staples for years.  In addition to current bandmates Kasim Sulton, Jesse Gress and Prarie Prince, he will be joined by Greg Hawkes (The New Cars) and former Utopia bandmate Roger Powell.

Rundgren’s wife Michele told us that “The fans were just crazy for this show to happen; it’s all their doing.”

Count on major coverage in the October issue of TONE, we’ll be there before, during and after the show!

You can get more information or purchase tickets at:

http://www.awatslive.com/


We get some buzz from Neil Young…

We get some buzz from Neil Young…

We are all excited that Neil Young chose to run Bob Gendron’s article about his new box set in the news section of his website. You can check it out here:

http://www.neilyoung.com/news/index.html


Gorgeous beauty from Switzerland, the Dartzeel cth-8550

Gorgeous beauty from Switzerland, the Dartzeel cth-8550

Feast your eyes on this baby!

We just got Dartzeel’s latest integrated amplifier in for review and it is truly a thing of beauty.  230 watts per channel and inputs for just about everything.  It even comes with a super cool USB key to activate it.

Watch for a review soon.  This is a truly amazing amplifer.  Also available in black for those of you that aren’t crazy about gold.

www.dartzeel.com


Everything Bob Dylan…

If you are a big Bob Dylan fan and would like a great news feed, check out www.expectingrain.com

This shoud keep you busy for a little while!


Waiting for qualifying in Monaco…

Waiting for qualifying in Monaco…

For those of you that enjoy the sound of high performance (engines, that is), Club Mix columnist Scott Tetzlaff is waiting for qualifying to start soon for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Stop by www.formula1.com to keep track of who’s going to be where on the grid Sunday morning.

Hey, we can’t just geek out with stereos all the time!


Wrap that rascal!!

Wrap that rascal!!

If you ever doubted the value of buying a $35 case for your iPhone or iPod touch, here’s the proof.  All it takes is a nudge from an unsuspecting terrier’s nose and your iPhone is crashing to the tile floor.  This 30″ drop yielded a $200 repair.

Don’t think you’ll be headed to the Apple Store for a replacement either.  You only get ONE $199 iPhone 3G if you are an existing iPhone customer.  Perhaps the advertising is a bit misleading?  I wish the freindly guy at the Apple Store would have told me something like “guard this baby with your life, because the next one will set you back $600…”  And like other cell phones at the AT&T store, you can’t buy an insurance plan for your iPhone.

The good news: you can have it repaired from Apple for (you guessed it) $200, or if you are very technically inclined can get a kit to repair it yourself for $65.  Usually up for a challenge, I backed down on this one, as my iPhone 3G is only a few months old.

Lesson learned, be careful with your iPhone 3G.


Aragon making a comeback!

Aragon making a comeback!

For those of you that were fans of the Aragon and Acurus brands, they are making a comback!  Ex-Klipsch employees Rick Santiago and Ted Moore have purchased the brand and will be starting on new products ASAP.  We will be finding out shortly what, if any plans they have for repairing legacy product.

TONEAudio staff writer Todd Sageser will be taking a trip to their lab very soon and we will have a report on what the new owners are up to.  There are some rumors that they will be bringing on another big name or two in the engineering department, so we’ll let you know as soon as a decision is made.

We wish them the best of luck.

http://www.indyaudiolabs.com/news-page-1.aspx


You need this car!

You need this car!

Just got back from Los Angeles and a few days behind the wheel of the Aston Martin DBS with Club Mix editor Scott Tetzlaff.  The goal was to evaluate the Bang & Olufsen stereo system for the next issue of TONEAudio, but the hidden agenda was to evaluate the thrust of the 510 horsepower, 6-litre V-12 under the hood.

Best of all, on the way home, our pilot on Southwest Flight 500 informed us that we were traveling on a brand new airplane.  New car smell and new plane smell all in one weekend!

If you would like some more information about this beauty, just click the link:

http://www.astonmartin.com/eng/thecars/dbs


Rick Carr Benefit

Rick Carr Benefit

You probably don’t know Rick Carr…  But he could use a little help.

An employee at the MartinLogan speaker company, Rick has been recently diagnosed with small intestinal cancer.  Unfortunately, he’s in stage IV and his prognosis is that this is “treatable but not cureable” and the doctors are giving him about two years to live.

MartinLogan has donated some speakers that you can buy a $20 ticket to win.  If you are interested, please go to http://www.rickcarrbenefit.com and buy a ticket and a chance to win a pair of MartinLogan Purity speakers or a Depth i subwoofer. (2 pairs of Purities and 2 Depth i’s will be given away)

Even if you don’t need speakers, and can spare the cost of a CD this week, we at TONE join with Rick’s family to ask for your help.  Anything you can do will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.


We visit YG Acoustics – Impressive!

We visit YG Acoustics – Impressive!

Last weekend I had the opportunity to visit the YG acoustics factory in Denver, Colorado.  For those of you not familiar with YG, they have been running a series of ads in Stereophile and a few other hifi magazines with the headline “The Worlds Greatest Speakers.”  It’s a bold claim, but after two days of listening and watching them build speakers, I’d easily say that they are worthy of a spot in the top five.

Just to clarify, I’ll go as far as to say their Anat Reference 2 Professional is at the top of my top five list, but we all have our personal favorite and I have not been able to spend time with the Grand Utopia from JM/Focal yet.  So I’m happy to add YG to the list of world class contenders.

Watch for an upcoming review and interview soon.  And if you are shopping for the ultimate destination in speakers, I suggest adding YG Acoustics to your audition list.


One Revolution’s Grand Opening Party-Nashville

One Revolution’s Grand Opening Party-Nashville

Several hundred guests packed the 9th floor and roof (though most stayed inside in the chilly weather) of Nashville’s ICON condo building in the Gulch Tuesday night for the launch party of One Revolution Entertainment. With a record label, publishing company and other music business interests, One Revolution is the brainchild of Dean Miller, Nashville recording artist and the son of the late country legend Roger Miller.

Nathan Barlowe, front man of the Rick Rubin-produced Luna Halo, sported a newly-dyed semi-Mohawk, while Nashville Music Guide publisher Dan Wunsch, in his ubiquitous baseball cap, worked the room looking for stories and advertisers and beer. Fine young saxman Eddie Vance brought his band up from Oxford, Mississippi to provide a night of funk, fusion and mellow pop radio covers.

The ladies looked fabulous as they always do at Nashville music industry parties, and the food from Maggiano’s was stellar. Also on hand were One Revolution Entertainment’s first two signings, Nathan Lee and Rob Blackledge, both of whom are singer/songwriters whom owe more of a nod to classic rock and Americana than country.

Indie labels popping up on every corner in Nashville, but One Revolution is a little left of center and may be just what Music City needs. The festivities were enjoyed by all, with One Revolution making its presence known in style.

- Rick Moore


Could this be the future of the SL-1200?

Could this be the future of the SL-1200?

Well, we’ve been bashing it on and off for years, but I’ve got a feeling that we are on to something good after all.

The kind folks at Sound HiFi in the UK (www.soundhifi.com) have sent us their power supply upgrade and adaptor plate to mount an SME tonearm to the workhorse SL-1200.  I’ve always felt the arm (and its dreadfully dark wiring) was the weak link in this table, combined with the relatively primitive power supply.  The Sound HiFi mods promise to fix this, and from looking at the goodies in the box, I’m confident.  The armboard is a work of beauty!

Most importantly, the directions for installing the power supply upgrade are concise, well photographed and in color!  Impressive.

Proprietor Dave Cawley is a cool cat that did not make outlandish claims either.  When we spoke, he said, “Look, it’s not a world beater, but I think you will find the Technics deck with the SME arm very interesting.  I made the first one for a customer that had an older SME arm.  I had no idea he would mount a current 309 on the 1200, but it works very well.”

Stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted. (Photo courtesy of Sound HiFi)


Eastwind Imports now featuring vinyl!

Eastwind Imports now featuring vinyl!

If you are a jazz lover and haven’t heard of Eastwind Imports, that’s reason number one to head over to their website.  The proprietor Hajime Sato is one of the friendliest guys in the business and he specializes in nearly impossible to find Japanese import CD’s that were originally recorded in Japan.  We’ve reviewed a few of their discs over the last year and every one I’ve had the pleasure to listen to has been of exquisite quality.

Reason number two to zip over to Eastwind Imports, they are now starting to carry LP’s!  When Hajime first opened his shop, I asked him if he would be carrying vinyl and he told me, “as my business improves, I will do my best to stock some vinyl; I love it!”

Keep your eyes on our music reviews, as we have about ten new titles from Eastwind that we will review shortly.  In the meantime, head over to Eastwind Imports and grab a few LP’s!

http://www.eastwindimport.com


Slug alert!

Slug alert!

Slugs are a way of life in the Pacific Northwest and here’s our way of sharing a little bit of our culture with you.  To keep the slug mood rolling right along, it’s time to spin John Hiatt’s Slug Line.  Hey, what else could we play after seeing this little monster?  Just so you know, this one is about 9 inches long!


Sunday Morning 8-Track…

Sunday Morning 8-Track…

What a better way to start Easter morning than cranking up the 8-track deck?  There’s plenty more where this came from!


MartinLogan Summit X in for review

MartinLogan Summit X in for review

Finally getting down to some serious listening with the new MartinLogan Summit X.  You can cruise over to the MartinLogan website (www.martinlogan.com) for all the techie bits and some sexier photos, but suffice to say that even after a brief listen, there’s definitely more magic in the newest version of the Summit.  How much?  We’ll see as the hours rack up.

Watch for a review soon and some sexier photos!

And for what it’s worth, I really dig the back and bottom lighting!  I do wish it was blue though…


Organized!

Organized!

Want to see what 4500 CD’s looks like?

Yes, they are all loaded in the Sooloos and tucked away neatly.  It’s a wonderful feeling.


No April Fools Jokes Here!

No April Fools Jokes Here!

It’s April 1 and hopefully none of your PC’s have been doing anything crazy.

Working away on the new issue and still ripping CD’s to the Sooloos!  Hope you all had an uneventful April Fools Day…


Unplugged and Unwigged!

Unplugged and Unwigged!

If you are a fan of Spinal Tap or The Folksmen, two of the greatest bands that never existed, you need to catch the boys on their “Unplugged and Unwigged” tour.  I’ll be there with my Stonehenge shirt on.

Here’s a link for the site  with clever blog posts, tour dates and ticket information:

http://www.unwigged.com/index.php


Wood is Good!

Wood is Good!

Watch for the review in issue 21, but I can let the cat out of the bag to tell you the PBN Montana Groove Master turntable is a winner.  Making use of a unique wooden plinth and armboard and the SME 312S tonearm, this table is full of analog magic.

For more information go to:

http://www.sierraaudio.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=75&Itemid=236


Neil Young Archives Finally A Reality In June

After nearly two decades of delays and multiple format changes, the first
volume Neil Young’s long-awaited Archives series of box sets will be
released June 2 on Blu-Ray disc, DVD, and CD.

While we’re ecstatic, we’re leaving the details to Mr. Young’s Web site,
which provides everything you need to know about the set–including track
listings and why you should invest the extra $100 for the Blu-Ray edition.

That said, we do think it’s a bit lame that two of the discs in the set have
already been released as part of the NYA Performance Series. It’s not like
Young is hurting for material, so why the repeat?

http://neilyoungarchives.warnerreprise.com/shop/vol1/

Happy browsing!


TONEAudio Writer Escapes Fiery Death!

TONEAudio Writer Escapes Fiery Death!

Nope, you aren’t reading the Inquirer, TONE writer Richard Simmons (who wrote the cover story on Chuck D in issue 18) was on his way to work yesterday when a passerby alerted him to the fire beneath his car.  He was able to exit the car seconds before it burst into flames…

For the full story you can read this:

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/ny-licar2412576110mar24,0,7301914.story

stock photo used


TSA Stole My Music Direct Catalog!

After arriving home from Chicago on Sunday, I finally got around to unpacking my luggage.  On my visit to Music Direct last week, they gave me their two newest catalogs and a few of the latest Mobile Fidelity pressings for review.  Fortunately, I hand carried the LP’s on the plane because when I opened my suitcase, there was the customary “we’re the TSA and we went through your things…” tag.

But the Music Direct catalogs were GONE.

I hope the TSA is planning some serious hifi shopping in the near future!  And glad they didn’t grab my Marshall Crenshaw CD!


Head-fi’ers in Portland

Head-fi’ers in Portland

Staff writer Marc Phillips and I headed down to the Portland Athletic Club to see the new goodies from ALO Audio’s Ken Ball and check out what the local chapter of Head-Fi’ers were up to.  It was somewhat odd walking past the rows of workout fanatics to the headphone area, but once there we easily forgot about all the iron that was being pumped just outside.

Ken was showing off his new headphone amplifier, a joint creation between he and Vinny Rossi of Red Wine Audio.  Based on the circuit that is in Vinnies latest preamplifier, the Isabella, this amp is a winner for $1000.  It features dual headphone jacks (1/4-inch and mini), a stepped attenuator and of course is battery powered. Watch for a full review on the TONEAudio website very soon.  Impressive!

On the way out, we were the envy of all the workout queens as they looked longingly at our oatmeal-rasin cookies!


A Few Words About Neil Young

If you are a Neil Young fan, check out TONE staffer Lloyd Peterson’s recent posting on All About Jazz:
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=31878

As always, Peterson bypasses the obvious story line and digs a bit deeper, revealing a facet of a musician that perhaps you didn’t think of right away, even if you are a mega fan.

Hell yeah, I’m goin’ to Rocklahoma

Hell yeah, I’m goin’ to Rocklahoma

The credit for this goes to our newest music writer, Bob Gendron.  I just got an email from him inquiring about this metal festival in Oklahoma, July 7-12.  Click on the link and check this out.  Keel is going to be there along with Twisted Sister and a few others you all know and love.  Don’t miss Rocklahoma!

http://www.feverfest.com


Marc Phillips Checks in with Boy Eats Drum Machine

Marc Phillips Checks in with Boy Eats Drum Machine

I caught Jon Ragel, the turntablist who performs as Boy Eats Drum Machine, at the Someday Cafe in downtown Portland, and I received a rather special gift after the show. Jon brings copies of his recent album Booomboxxx to sell at his shows, as most performers do. Jon takes it one step further by offering his album in both CD and LP form, and he puts the vinyl into old record covers and hand paints each one. In other words, each copy is a unique work of art.

I chose this particular cover since it was an old RCA Living Stereo (I didn’t spot any Mercury Living Presence covers, in case you were wondering). The fact that the vinyl sounded fantastic–warmer and more revealing than my CD–was an added bonus. Keep reading »


New from ZU, booya!

New from ZU, booya!

Adam Decaria from Zu Audio shared a picture of my new Zu Essence speakers with me this morning, straight from the paint booth.  Their master craftsmen went above and beyond the call of duty to paint mine in Golf Yellow, the classic BMW 2002Tii color.  For those of you that don’t know me, it’s one of my favorite colors in the world!  

Needless to say, these babies will make a real statement in my living room…

The great news is that these sound as good as they look and only take up a 12 x 12 inch footprint in your room.  With 97db sensitivity, you can drive em with anything and they sound particularly yummy with your favorite low powered tube amplifier.

For more info, go to:

http://www.zuaudio.com/loudspeakers/essence.html

Review forthcoming.


Sooloos project complete…

Sooloos by couch

Well almost.

After a few days of wiring and moving a few things around, the Sooloos is completely hardwired into my music room.  The pair of Store 2′s that hold 2TB each, are neatly tucked away in the record and CD room with plenty of ventilation.  Most of all, when you close the door, the whole thing is SILENT…

The Sooloos Control 5 now feeds to my main system via the digital input of the outstanding Wadia 781i SE (review forthcoming) and to our art directors desktop system via line level outputs on zone 2 and my desktop system via zone 3.  The Sooloos can run all three zones simultaneously and thanks to their Control PC software can be accessed from either of our Mac’s via Parallels on the desktop or via iPhone to cover basic start, stop and pause functionality.

This is the most fun you can have with music with your pants on. 6500 CD’s right next to the listening chair with room for about 3500 more!

If you are not familiar with the Sooloos, you can read our full review in issue 11.  Watch for our long term test report on the web soon.  If you sign up for our mailing list, you will be the first to hear about it….


Bob Gendron joins TONE!

We are honored to have the music editor and my former cohort from The Absolute Sound, Bob Gendron join the TONEAudio staff. Bob is a cool cat that has a very wide range of musical taste that will only add to the diversity of our music coverage.

Ok, that’s the tidy PR copy. Bottom line, Bob likes to rock and has a great sense of humor, so he’ll fit in just fine here.

And to share his first snibbet of that humor, he suggests this link to channel your inner Diamond David Lee Roth:

http://www.thetyser.com/

AHH HAAAAA YEAAAAAH


Great article by our newest writer…

TONEAudio is very excited to announce that Lloyd Peterson is joining our staff to add to our already diverse music coverage. In case you haven’t heard of him, his book, Music and the Creative Spirit: Innovators in Jazz, Improvisation and the Avant Garde is a phenominal group of interviews with some of the finest artists in Jazz today.

Pat Metheny called it “Maybe the best book on Jazz I have ever read”.

Lloyd also writes for allaboutjazz.com and has just published an interview with Iraqi musician Rahim Alhaj. It’s a great read, albeit somewhat scary, listening to what this man has been through. Here’s the link:

http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=31994

I highly suggest this one.

Not just a jazz guy, he told me last weekend when we were at the Portland Jazz Festival discussing the Ornette Coleman/Pat Metheny collaboration Song X “That’s only the beginning. I’m always trying to find something that’s way out there.” So watch for Lloyd’s concert coverage on the PDX Jazz Festival in the April issue, and a lot more in the months to come.


We’re Back!

We’re Back!

Thanks to all the hard work by Jason, James and Nate at Bloody Monster web design in Portland, (www.bloodymonster.com) we have a new and greatly improved website.  Our blog will now be able to be accessed directly from our home page, so you won’t need to go anywhere else to check up on us.

You can look forward to seeing new content from us on a daily basis very soon, so check back often.  Now, if I can only get all of those CD’s loaded into the Sooloos…


New Issue Up and Still Snowed In

New Issue Up and Still Snowed In

Hey all,

Sorry about the long delay in posting. As our music editor likes to say, it’s been “Crazy” around here, just lost track of time with the holidays. Keep reading »


Tomorrow the Herbaliser

Tomorrow the Herbaliser

Club Mix columnist Scott Tetzlaff is flying into town tomorrow to join us for the Portland showing of The Herbaliser at the Doug Fir Lounge. It should be a great show, so if you live in our neighborhood, drop by and say hello. Just look for the old gray haired guy in the bright yellow hoodie, that will be me! Keep reading »


The Man With No Naim

The Man With No Naim

What can brown do for me? Find my Naim CD555, and pronto!

I was informed today, that my Naim CD555 player that was due to arrive today had not been entered into the UPS system since the 21st of this month and that they had no idea where it is or if I would get it anytime soon. Keep reading »


ITS Getting Better All the Time

ITS Getting Better All the Time

After a solid week of play, and me getting next to nothing done, I must admit the MartinLogan CLX is quite amazing. Adding the Descent i subwoofer with one more on the way, I’ve got some more heavy lifting to go, but this is an incredible speaker.


The MartinLogan CLX is on the Way

The MartinLogan CLX is on the Way

I had an absolute blast on my visit to MartinLogan yesterday. The place is huge!

You couldn’t ask for a nicer group of people to buy speakers from, the ML mothership has the same level of organization of the Ferrari F1 team. Nothing is out of place, everyone knows their job and their attention to detail is awesome.

But at the end of the day, I got my reward. Keep reading »


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