77 life is good – feet up & SPEC

Greetings music lovers!

About Jeff’s Place

Many of you know me from my Hi-Fi writing at 6Moons (formerly) and Positive Feedback (currently).

Jeff’s Place is my personal blog about hi-fi & music (mostly), fotografie (a wee bit), and random other stuff. This blog is not intended to replace my writing at those esteemed audio web sites, but rather to provide readers with simpatico interests additional information, thoughts, reflections, and other behind the scenes information that don’t fit into conventional reviews of hi-fi gear.

Given this is my personal blog there is no advertising. Yes, I have been approached and asked to offer advertising, and being a regular working-class bloke the extra income would come in handy, but I’ve decided offering advertising is not something I want to do.

I write about hi-fi and photography out of enthusiasm for them because they’re terrific hobbies, not as a source of income, which is provided by my day job. I receive no stream of income from my hobbies, in fact it’s just the opposite, lots of money flows out of my pocket because of them – not in!

If I say I like a piece of music, hi-fi gear, foto gear, or a favorite beverage, it is purely because I like it and would recommended it to friends of like tastes, not because I get anything out of it.

Turn on the music, grab a cup of your favorite beverage, then sit back and relax while you catch up on some music & hi-fi adventures with yours truly.

If you like what you see here at Jeff’s Place drop me a note and let me know.

About Jeff

I love music. I listen to a little bit of everything, but my first love is jazz. I was introduced to jazz by my mother, no doubt in utero, but certainly later via an old console stereo, almost 60 years ago now.

I heard my first live jazz concert August 15, 1965, when my Mom took me to see Louis Armstrong in a parking lot concert at the Lloyd Center Mall in Portland, Oregon. It made a huge impression on me, and I’ve loved jazz ever since.

I’m still buying jazz records all these years later, and when I’m not spinning a record you can hear my favorite streaming jazz station, Jazz24, playing in the background all day long.

My first hi-fi rig was a ‘fold-out’ stereo record player with detachable speakers, circa 1960. It was great to be able to detach the speakers, so I could put them in my bedroom window, and introduce the neighbors to my favorite new music! I would find out later that they didn’t appreciate that kind gesture nearly as much as I thought they would!

A friend of mine named Mark Newcomb, also a jazz enthusiast during the period that rock & roll was king among many of our friends, introduced me to good hi-fi gear via the Dynaco kits he built – they were fantastic!

As a youngster I couldn’t really afford a nice stereo for a very long time, but I loved playing jazz and rock & roll over any hi-fi gear I had, so that was ok by me.

Later on, as I listened to more enthusiast hi-fi equipment, I became more interested in having a nice stereo system. Slowly, over the years, I was able to build up a nice set of hi-fi gear for a stereo system, and I’ve been a hi-fi nut ever since.

One of the highlights of my hi-fi experience was way back, when a friend of mine named Harry Pearson, invited my wife & I to his home in the village of Sea Cliff, New York, for a reunion party for his magazine The Absolute Sound. Harry was such a gracious host, and he introduced us to many people in the audio industry at his party that evening. It was a true pleasure to chat with William Z. Johnson and his wife (Audio Research), Messrs Conrad & Johnson, Sidney Corderman (of McIntosh fame), and many more, on the porch surrounding Harry’s old Victorian.

A few years after that, in 2003, Stephaen Harrell, who wrote for Harry’s magazine at the time, invited me to try writing about hi-fi for a new audio web-zine that was starting up, Srajan Ebaen’s Six Moons.

Writing about hi-fi turned out to be a lot of fun, and I was hooked! I really enjoyed writing for Six Moons, and now Positive Feedback.

In 2009 I started up my own hi-fi blog, Jeff’s Place, so I could do a little hi-fi writing on the side that didn’t fit into the context of the normal audio review format. I know, how did I ever come up with such a creative name for my blog?

I’ve really enjoyed listening to music & playing with hi-fi gear over the years, it’s such a great hobby!

I feel so blessed to have friends with similar interests where I live now, and I want to give a big shout out to Ron, Leo, George, Pete, Stephaen, John, and all of you, who make my life a much better place to inhabit!

These days I stay busy with my day job of ‘managing’ science programs & projects at a national laboratory (I’m a chemist by training), taking care of & spending time with my 91 year old Mom who’s moved near to me, riding my bicycle whenever I can, writing about hi-fi, listening to music, spending time with friends, doing a little photography, and traveling when I can.

Ok, now it’s time to turn up the jazz!

Thanks for stopping by!

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