Jul 312018
 
For sale: Vintage McIntosh MC225 (sold) and MC240 (sold)!

I’ve been agonizing about whether to do it or not, but I’ve decided to put my vintage McIntosh MC225 and vintage McIntosh MC240 stereo power amplifiers up for sale, as they’re not seeing much use of late. I hate to leave such wonderful vintage McIntosh amplifiers sitting around when they could be making beautiful music […]

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Jul 292018
 
Jeff checking in ... Soundsmith, Spec, Acoustic Revive, Still Audio, First Watt, and Fender!

I’m working on Part 2 of my Soundsmith review series for Positive Feedback right now, the Zephyr Mk III phonograph cartridge, and hope to have it published in the next few weeks. In my Part 1 Soundsmith review for Positive Feedback I reviewed the Soundsmith Carmen Mk II phonograph cartridge (HERE). I found the Carmen Mk II to […]

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Jul 262018
 
Today's Fresh Catch: The Collings Eastside LC Archtop Guitar

I’ve always loved jazz guitar. One of the highlights in my life was being able to study with the extraordinary jazz guitarist, John La Chapelle (above left), who was Larry Coryell’s guitar teacher when he was a youngster and introduced him to jazz, and the two maintained their friendship over the years. Jazz guitar is […]

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Jul 142018
 
First Impressions: The Still Audio EL84 Integrated Amplifier!

I’ve been wanting to write a “First Impressions” update about the Still Audio EL84 integrated amplifier for a while now, but life has been busier than anticipated, so I’m a little behind writing-wise. Many of you know of my affection for EL84 amplifiers, and I’ve been very impressed with the performance of the different ones […]

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Jul 132018
 
Today's Fresh Catch: The New Acoustic Revive Absolute Power Cords, Absolute RCA FM Interconnects, and PC-TripleC/EX Headshell Leads! (Now updated with USD pricing)

Today’s Fresh Catch are the exotic new Acoustic Revive Absolute Power Cords, RCA Absolute FM Interconnects, and PC-TripleC/EX Headshell Leads. I always get excited when new Acoustic Revive products arrive from Mr. Ken Ishiguro (Acoustic Revive) via Mr. Yoshi Hontani (Muson Project, Exporter), as Acoustic Revive products always have an extreme level of quality materials, technical ingenuity, a  […]

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Jul 082018
 
Sneak Peek: The First Watt SIT-3 Stereo Amplifier Review for Positive Feedback!

I am hard at work writing up my listening impressions for the First Watt SIT-3 stereo power amplifier review for Positive Feedback, which I hope to have completed in the next few weeks or so. Until the review is published, I thought you would enjoy a “sneak peek” into the upcoming review – enjoy! ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ […]

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Jun 242018
 
A blast from the past: listening to the vintage "Fisher King" SA-100 power amplifier!

My friend Ron Barbee enjoys finding vintage audio gems and restoring them, like the Fisher SA-100 stereo power amplifier that is the subject of today’s post. The Fisher SA-100 came out in 1963 and sold for about $120 USD ($986.63 in 2018 USD). They are relatively rare today, but if you run across one in […]

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Jun 242018
 
First Impressions: Custom Spec RSP-AZ9EX Real Sound Processors by Yazaki-san for the Vintage Altec 832A Corona loudspeakers!

I think most of you know I’ve been having a “love at first listen” affair with my vintage Altec Corona 832A loudspeakers that I purchased from LA Jazz Audio. It is a little hard to tell in the accompanying photographs, but the Altec Corona 832A’s are fairly large loudspeakers, being about as wide as my […]

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