What's All This Then

Why should I care what this guy has to say?

The correct answer is that you shouldn’t. We’re all entitled to our opinions. Develop your own. I try to be sane and rational, but that may change with the level of caffeine intake. I’m just telling my stories in the hopes they may amuse and/or inform others. And... I Confess... I'm showing off my bitchen collection a bit.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

I Use Mr. Clean to Clean Mr. Stylus

The magic eraser that is.  Not a big bald white-clad servant that doesn't speak.

We had a ton of these hanging around.  We used to get them when the kids were drawing strange runes and ciphers on the walls.  It took away the crayon markings, but the curses may have remained.

Just gently place your stylus down on the surface and the dust comes right off.   Much easier than brushing.  No need to moisten.

I have one living near each of my tables.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What Kind of Dog to Get?

If we get a new dog, what kind shall we get.  Perhaps this record will help us decide.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Get Yourself a College Girl

Original Soundtrack - Get Yourself A College Girl (MGM 1964)

A throwback to a time when college girls were for getting.

My youngest daughter will be going off to college next fall.  Just remember guys - I'm not afraid to go back to prison. 

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Shure-ly You're Joking

After about 60 years in the phono cartridge business, Shure has discontinued production of all phono products.  Crap!  Now what?

I've been using them for years.  (Seen above enjoying Steppenwolf At Your Birthday Party)  After years of honing tone to match the cart, I've got both my systems set just the way I like them.  They'll track anything - even the grittiest of thrift store records.  They come with a handy brush that keeps whatnot off the needle.    I just love them.

I'm curious about the decision to do this now.  Do they think the vinyl biz is going to shrivel?  Are they convinced that the Crossley's of the world are taking over decent consumer grade tables?

Since I replace the styluses regularly, what am I to do?

I thought about stockpiling a few, but was late to the announcement.  Even on Amazon, they're out of stock.  Resellers are asking too much for them.  There might be replica styluses to fill the void, but I'm not sure I trust them to be of Shure quality.

So I might be an Ortofon user in the future, which means I'll be spending a year tweaking the EQ on the receiver and the crossovers on the speakers.  Or perhaps I'll try an Audio-Technica again (didn't like the one I had years ago. Thought it sounded thin and metallic).  Or perhaps a Stanton if they still make them. 

Even with the vinyl resurgence, the economy of scale on production will definitely see an increase in price going forward.   Brace yourself.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

We May Be Getting a New Dog

Which means I may need to share the couch.  

The Three Suns - Soft and Sweet (RCA 1955)

There's usually some sort of story behind these types of covers from the '50's.  Cozy couch, soft pillows, racy negligee, hair and makeup to perfection.  Her paramour is probably off to the left coming forth to get something soft and sweet.   In between, however, we have Cerberus the Cocker Spaniel.    Check out the stink eye he's giving whomever approacheth.   

Saturday, April 28, 2018

When Great Artists Do Album Covers #2.

Here's another one from Mort Drucker of  MAD Magazine fame.

Bob Booker and George Foster Present The New First Family 1968 (Verve 1966)

Booker and Foster in a transition between The First Family and their 'Jewish' albums.