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  • The Best Sounding Blue Note LPs

    Stereophile writer Ken Micallef talks about his favs for SQ.


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  • #2
    Right off the bat I agree with his assessment of mono records sound, at least for jazz. Powerful, dynamic, and there’s something I find wonderful about not listening for stereo nuance and spatial imaging. Really let’s me listen to the performance.
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    • #3
      It would be hard to pick the best sounding Blue Note LPs because there are so damn many great recordings on the Blue Note label.
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      • #4
        I have a few BN's on tape. Here is one that made Ken's list. Something Else on 1/2" safety master. It is stereo, however. Larry Click image for larger version  Name:	Something Else.JPG Views:	2 Size:	564.6 KB ID:	123221
        Analog- VPIClassic3-3DArm,SoundsmithZephyrII+MiyajimaZeroMono, 2xAmpex ATR-102,Doshi3.0 BottleheadPhonoPre,Herron VTPH-2A
        Dig Rip-Pyramix,IzotopeRX3Adv,Mykerinos,PacMicroModel2
        Dig Play-mchNADAC, LampiPac, Roon, HQP, Oppo105
        Electronics-Herron 360Pre,CJ MET1mchPre, Cary2A3monoamps
        Speakers-AvantgardeDuosLR,3SolosC,LR,RR
        Other-512Engineer/Marutani Symmetrical Power, ArtKelmGround1, AudioDiskVinylCleaner,AirTightRecordFlat, Scott Rust Interconnects,
        Music-15KRecs(90%classical),1KR2Rtapes,50TBrips

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        • #5
          We have to note that Rudy Van Gelder was a big part of that.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by astrotoy View Post
            I have a few BN's on tape. Here is one that made Ken's list. Something Else on 1/2" safety master. It is stereo, however. Larry Click image for larger version Name:	Something Else.JPG Views:	2 Size:	564.6 KB ID:	123221
            Speakers: Horning Eufrodite Ellipse III on Stillpoints Ultra 5S feet
            Amplifier: Silver Circle Audio 300B Monoblocks with Takatsuki 300B tubes
            Preamp: TW Acustic RPA-100 Line Stage
            Phono Stage: TW Acustic RPS-100
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            Tonearm: Kuzma 4-Point 14" with Air Tight Opus-1 Cartridge
            Tonearm: TW 10.5" with Miyajima Zero Mono
            Vinyl Care: Audio Desk Pro Ultrasonic & VPI 16.5 RCM
            CD/SACD: Playback Designs MP-5 to Bricasti M1 DAC
            Tape: Tascam 42B-NB (Refurb by Soren Wittrup)
            Tape Stage: Doshi V.3
            Power Conditioner: (2) Silver Circle Audio TCHAIK 6
            Wire: Custom Furutech PC's & IC's + Inakustik LS-4004 Air Speaker Cables
            Tweaks: Stillpoints Aperture II Panels & Stillpoints Ultra 5S's & SS's sprinkled about - SRA Ohio Class and Symposium Super Plus Platforms

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            • #7
              Thanks I was not familiar with The Three Sounds

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              • #8
                Originally posted by adeep42 View Post
                We have to note that Rudy Van Gelder was a big part of that.
                Yes but they would have been even better if he knew how to record a piano.

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                • #9
                  Ah yes, the piano. The biggest fly in the recorded chain.
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