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  • In My Room

    Everyone wants a room of their own to decorate according to their taste, fill with their favourite stuff, hang out in, work. But probably especially fans of The Beach Boys and Virginia Woolf like me. As described in my fragmentary first post, the first thing I started obsessing over when we bought our house was…

  • Beginning

    For pretty much as long as I can remember, I’ve been into music and music gear. How I got into it, I have no memory. Some flashbacks to early days… The smell, almost the taste, of the pine cabinet where my father kept his stereo system — a Pioneer record player with a faux-wood veneer;…

  • LP12 Modification Frenzy

    The “LP12 Modification Frenzy” (LP12MF for short) is the project that got me started on this blog. It consists of a lengthy and detailed step-by-step evaluation of the effect of upgrades and modifications to turntable components such as the subchassis, top plate, bearing, subplatter, cartridge, tonearm, and drive system of my Linn LP12, as well…

  • Best Pressing Shootouts

    This is where I’m collecting links to all my “Best Pressing Shootouts.” I’m going to try to organize these in a useful way, by genre and label. But this may develop over time… Winners are bolded and underlined. Since I’m always updating my hifi, I occasionally return to an earlier comparison to evaluate it in…

  • Building (a) Paradise

    This is the page where I collect all my posts about my Paradise 4-box photo stage. Ascending to Paradise: an introduction to the Paradise and the project. Making Fasciae for My Paradise, in which I learn how to silkscreen custom-made logos onto polypropylene panels. “Linshing,” in which I give my Naim shoebox cases the “Chrome…

  • Records I Have Listened To and How Good They Have Sounded

    My musical taste is my own, and yours is yours. The grades assigned here are purely on the basis of production and pressing quality. If it gives me audio thrills aplenty, it gets an A. C Bill Callahan (well, [Smog]), Supper (Drag City, 2003) is a B+ pressing. On “Truth Serum”: A little shrill bit…

  • Sillys Place

    I will start collecting articles here about the loudspeaker setup in my converted garage, aka Sillys Place (spelled exactly like that, without the apostrophe). Amplification ZapSnaps! Upgrading a Naim Snaps power supply with a Ryan Sound Labs PSM-2 module