Greetings music lovers!
About Jeff’s Place
Jeff’s Place is my personal blog about hi-fi & music (mostly), and random other stuff that strikes my fancy.
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.
I write about a variety of hi-fi topics that includes contemporary audio equipment, vintage audio equipment, and modifications to hi-fi equipment.
While there’s some great contemporary hi-fi equipment out there like that from Auditorium 23, Leben, Spec, Tannoy, and others, I’ve really been having a ball with restored (and sometimes modified) vintage hi-fi equipment over the last so many years.
Vintage gear from companies like Altec Lansing, Garrard, Marantz, McIntosh, Ortofon, Thorens, Western Electric, and others, have made products that have stood the test of time and still delight music lovers & hi-fi enthusiasts today, and perhaps more than ever as listeners realize the classic designs outperform many of the contemporary designs!
A lot of the vintage gear appeal has to do with their superb musicality that resulted from their simple and superbly executed designs, and that they were largely voiced by ear to sound like real live music rather than emphasizing recording artifacts, which would have been a really odd concept to most audio engineers back in the day.
While I enjoy and do my best to cover the broader spectrum of enthusiast hi-fi, I have a particular fondness for high-sensitivity loudspeakers, musical modern & vintage electronics, and analog front ends.
I’ve been wanting to explore contemporary digital sources with an exceptionally musical disposition for quite a while, but I just never seem to get around to it.
This is my personal blog and there is no advertising.
I absolutely hate those web sites that have so many advertising popups and inserts that you can barely follow the content, and that’s never going to happen here at Jeff’s Place.
Yes, I have been approached and asked to offer advertising, and being a retired 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 out of enthusiasm because it is a terrific and rewarding hobby, not as a source of income.
I receive no steady 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!
I do get paid a small honorarium for my Positive Feedback articles, and a trickle of donations come in via my PayPal donation link, but that’s pretty much it.
So, if I say I like a piece of music, hi-fi 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.
I love music. I listen to a little bit of everything, but my first love is jazz, and it comprises the majority of my listening. I was introduced to jazz by my mother, no doubt in utero, but certainly later via an old console stereo, over 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 middle & high-school friend of mine named Mark Newcomb, also a jazz enthusiast during the period that rock & roll was king among most 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, as I was focused on surviving while working myself through school, 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, 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!
I retired from my day job of ‘managing’ science programs & projects at a national laboratory (I’m a chemist by training) at the end of 2017, so donations to help keep Jeff’s Place up & running are more welcome than ever.
Now my life is focused on taking care of and spending time with my 93 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 afford it.
Ok, now it’s time to turn up the jazz!
Thanks for stopping by!