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  • Today's Field Trip!

    Had to pinch myself I wasn't dreaming!

    Philadelphia Orchestra. was in town playing Mahler's Symphony #10 and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #1 at Carnegie. Good friend Bob Grossman and member of the orchestra invited me to arrive before the rehearsal and gave me a personal backstage tour and got to stand onstage watching the musicians and orchestra set up and warm up. Funny thing. Carnegie Hall looks and feels so big when sitting in the orchestra yet so small when looking out on the audience from the stage. Oh and got to stand a few feet away and watch Lang Lang warm up on Rachmaninoff's PC#1!

    Met a few members of the orchestra (one who owns Quad 57s), the conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin who was absolutely charming and then had dinner with Bob and a few members of the Orchestra! We talked what it was like to play in the different halls around the world, what it was like to play at Carnegie vs their home hall, the new halls in China, what do they do for laundry while on a three week tour (some interesting answers here), etc., etc.

    Oh the rehearsal concert was wonderful and the opening movement of Mahler's Symphony #10 as well as Lang Lang's playing on the opening of Rachmaninoff's PC #1 was sublime. After the rehearsal, Yannick Nézet-Séguin asked the percussionist to test the bass drum and got to stand a few feet away and experience the instrument! The PO is off to Asia for a three week tour in China, Japan and Macao.

    Thanks to good friend Bob Grossman for making an audiophile's Make A Wish dream come true.


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    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
    ________________________________________

    -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
    -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

  • #2
    What a great treat, Myles! Congrats!
    Kronos Sparta -> Trinity Phono -> Trinity Pre -> CH Precision A1 -> Magico S7s

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    • #3
      Nice Myles. I was still a student with Don MComas when they had their first tour in China a long long time ago. That may have been the First American orchestra in China. Can't recall.
      Turntable: TW Acustic TT with Ref motor & controller; Tri-Planar Arm; Ortofon Windfeld-Ti Cartridge, Harmonix-Combak platter mat & weight; PS Audio Stellar Phono Preamp; KLAudio Ultrasonic Record Cleaner.

      Digital: Bluesound Vault-2 Music Server & Streamer

      Amplification: PS Audio Stellar Phono Preamp, VTL 6.5 preamp Series II, Pass Labs 150.8 Amp

      Loudspeakers: Piega C711 Loudspeakers

      Isolation: Symposium Osiris Rack; Symposium Platforms and Roller Blocks plus grade 2.5 Balls

      Misc: PS Audio Noise Harvesters, Acoustic Revive RR-888 Low Frequency Pulse Generator, Synergistic Research 12 UEF SE Line Conditioner, Level 3 HC AC Cord and Level 3 power cords, Synergistic Carbon fiber wall plates, Synergistic Research Orange Outlet, Furutech NCF Booster Braces, Audio Art Ref IC, MIT Oracle IC, synergistic Research Atmosphere X Euphoria Level 3 Balanced ICs, Synergistic Research Euphoria Level 3 Speaker Cables, Synergistic Research Cable Risers.

      Sennheiser HDV 650 Headphone Amp; Sennheiser HD800s Headphones.

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      • #4
        Hey Bob! Have fun in China!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
          ...Met a few members of the orchestra (one who owns Quad 57s)...
          why am i not surprised about the Quads
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Rob View Post

            why am i not surprised about the Quads
            And he was from Hawaii and bought his gear from the late Stuart Ono.
            Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
            Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
            ________________________________________

            -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
            -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
            -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
            -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
            -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
            -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
            -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
            -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
            -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
            -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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            • Rob
              Rob commented
              Editing a comment
              I met Stu through Audio Asylum, I didn't know he passed. RIP Stu.

          • #7
            Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post

            And he was from Hawaii and bought his gear from the late Stuart Ono.
            Six months or so ago? I remember Stu from The Audiophile Network days. And yes, Stu was a pretty regular poster on the Asylum.
            Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
            Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
            ________________________________________

            -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
            -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
            -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
            -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
            -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
            -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
            -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
            -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
            -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
            -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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            • #8
              Nice opportunity to get up close Myles. Very cool!

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              • #9
                Wow! How freakin' cool is that! Congrats!
                Dynavector DV20x2L MC cartridge - Genesis G7.1f speakers - Marantz Reference PM-KI-Pearl Int. Amp. - Oracle Audio Paris MkV turntable - Various Morrow & Valab/King cables

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                • #10
                  Other adage that comes to mind. If you want to enjoy your audio system, stop going to hear live music.
                  Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                  Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                  ________________________________________

                  -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
                  -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
                  -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                  -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
                  -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                  -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                  -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                  -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                  -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                  -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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                  • #11
                    Attending events like that makes you forget about the gear...

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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by Ki Choi View Post
                      Attending events like that makes you forget about the gear...
                      In a microsecond.
                      Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                      Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                      ________________________________________

                      -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
                      -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
                      -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                      -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
                      -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                      -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                      -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                      -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                      -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                      -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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                      • #13
                        Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post

                        In a microsecond.
                        Now that am starting to get over this flu and sore throat that follows.

                        It was very interesting listening to the Philadelphia Orchestra play in an empty Carnegie Hall vs. when when the hall is packed for a concert. Sans audience, the hall is more vibrant, cleaner and transparent. Each orchestral section, brass, percussion, woodwinds, etc. are more easily ID'd. Now I could have moved around the hall and listened in different seats but I was enjoying the music too much front and center in Row L!

                        During dinner, I had the opportunity to talk to the musicians about what it's like to play in all the different halls around world, especially in regards to their upcoming trip to Asia. Bob shared that the new Chinese concert halls are on the large side, seating approximately 3500-4000 people. The funniest anecdote of the evening, however, was about one time when they played at the Musikverein in Vienna. A very old and small hall, the doors weren't big enough to wheel a concert grand piano through them like in American halls. Instead, they had to take the legs off of the instrument, turn the piano on its side and then wheel it onto the stage and reassemble.

                        After all of that, I was inspired to do a little more digging (and Bob Grossman also mentioned about a new article too) into hall acoustics. Besides the well known Leo Beranek article, I came across some very interesting new studies on hall acoustics. Hall acoustics aren't after all, really any different than those who try and replicate the sound of a Stadivarius violin. Despite all the test instruments in the world, no instrument maker has been able to duplicate the sound of this legendary instrument! Same goes for concert halls. No matter how many test instruments they drag into the great old halls, there are more swings and misses with new halls than home runs. In fact, their batting average is probably way below the Mendoza line. Along the way, though, I found some very interesting new research articles that I will post about hall measurements especially a few correlating emotional connection to the music with hall side wall reflections. Ergo, large halls with little side wall reflections aren't as musically satisfying as the small "shoebox" halls like the Musikverein and other European Halls as well as say Boston Symphony Hall (or Troy Savings Bank Hall). I'll be posting either the articles or links to some of these articles over the weekend. Hope all enjoy as much as I did.

                        Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                        Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                        ________________________________________

                        -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
                        -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
                        -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                        -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
                        -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                        -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                        -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                        -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                        -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                        -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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                        • #14
                          Myles, you can add the Concertgebow to the rectangular halls.
                          Turntable: TW Acustic TT with Ref motor & controller; Tri-Planar Arm; Ortofon Windfeld-Ti Cartridge, Harmonix-Combak platter mat & weight; PS Audio Stellar Phono Preamp; KLAudio Ultrasonic Record Cleaner.

                          Digital: Bluesound Vault-2 Music Server & Streamer

                          Amplification: PS Audio Stellar Phono Preamp, VTL 6.5 preamp Series II, Pass Labs 150.8 Amp

                          Loudspeakers: Piega C711 Loudspeakers

                          Isolation: Symposium Osiris Rack; Symposium Platforms and Roller Blocks plus grade 2.5 Balls

                          Misc: PS Audio Noise Harvesters, Acoustic Revive RR-888 Low Frequency Pulse Generator, Synergistic Research 12 UEF SE Line Conditioner, Level 3 HC AC Cord and Level 3 power cords, Synergistic Carbon fiber wall plates, Synergistic Research Orange Outlet, Furutech NCF Booster Braces, Audio Art Ref IC, MIT Oracle IC, synergistic Research Atmosphere X Euphoria Level 3 Balanced ICs, Synergistic Research Euphoria Level 3 Speaker Cables, Synergistic Research Cable Risers.

                          Sennheiser HDV 650 Headphone Amp; Sennheiser HD800s Headphones.

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                          • #15
                            Originally posted by 1morerecord2clean View Post
                            Myles, you can add the Concertgebow to the rectangular halls.
                            Absolutely, you'll see it listed in one of the articles I will post! It is considered in most articles among the four best halls in the world.
                            Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                            Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                            ________________________________________

                            -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
                            -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
                            -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                            -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
                            -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                            -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                            -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                            -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                            -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                            -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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