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Postby sumnerbrowne » Sat Dec 29, 2012 4:49 pm

zenaudio wrote:Nice story. :up:
Thanks for sharing.
:)


Many thanks, Zenaudio. :-)
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Postby spare_2_win » Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:04 pm

Great story Von! Thank you for your continued support! All the best for 2013! :clap:
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Postby audiostar » Sun Dec 30, 2012 11:43 pm

Your story very much paralleled why I started my AudioFile column, first at the Manila Standard then on the invitation of the late Max Soliven, a music lover himself, at the Philippine Star. My main motivation was to share my own journey and re-discovery of the music format which was our family's main source of entertainment when I was growing up. I'm not really sure if I was able to attain my objective, but conversing with my readers via email, and now Facebook every now and then, gives me utmost pleasure. I'm glad that you too have embraced the analog renaissance and is now spreading the 'gospel' yourself. I'm equally happy with what you have attained and very much satisfied to be of help. Happy New Year Von and keep those plastic 'round things' (as my daughter calls them) spinning :-)
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Postby sumnerbrowne » Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:00 am

spare_2_win wrote:Great story Von! Thank you for your continued support! All the best for 2013! :clap:


Thanks, Loy for a great 2012. Here's to an even better 2013. :-)
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Postby sumnerbrowne » Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:11 am

audiostar wrote:Your story very much paralleled why I started my AudioFile column, first at the Manila Standard then on the invitation of the late Max Soliven, a music lover himself, at the Philippine Star. My main motivation was to share my own journey and re-discovery of the music format which was our family's main source of entertainment when I was growing up. I'm not really sure if I was able to attain my objective, but conversing with my readers via email, and now Facebook every now and then, gives me utmost pleasure. I'm glad that you too have embraced the analog renaissance and is now spreading the 'gospel' yourself. I'm equally happy with what you have attained and very much satisfied to be of help. Happy New Year Von and keep those plastic 'round things' (as my daughter calls them) spinning :-)


Many thanks, Val. I believe you have. Your Audiofile column over the years has been a constant source of inspiration and encouragement to me and to your countless readers. I really hope its book form will finally see the light of day in 2013 in time for the 10th November Hi Fi Show. Cheers! :-)
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Postby Voltraizer » Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:46 am


sumnerbrowne wrote:Hope you all had a great Christmas celebration with your respective families.

Just want to share with you something unplanned albeit wonderful that happened towards the end of our family reunion this Dec 25.

To provide a conversation piece and some "not so pompous" musical background, I positioned by TEAC GF-350 near the dining area where it played mostly non-attention grabbing new age Christmas albums (i.e., December by George Winston, Winter Solstice by Windham Hill, Winter by David Lanz and Michael Jones.) As expected, my relatives were awed and intrigued by the turntable and the vinyl. "Kids" one of my aunts remarked to her teenage kids, "this was how we used to listen to records before CDs, MP3s and Ipods." I told them apologetically that the sonic experience of listening to vinyl is best captured by a true blue workhorse like a Technics or a Rega as the TEAC is an entry level turntable good for some background listening. To which they all chorused, "sige nga parinig nga." "O sige" I said "but you need to stay for a least 2 albums worth of listening experience matagal kasi iset-up yan sa baba eh." They seemed pleasantly surprised to learn that most big name artists these days come out with vinyl formats of their latest recordings. I then played Adele 21 to prove my point but I had to apologize to them as the sonic capability of the TEAC could not do justice to Adele's powerful voice.

And so it was that as our festivities were winding down they remembered about my promise and off they went to our bedroom cum music room. My set-up is pretty modest compared to what you would normally find in the hallowed threads of WS members' set-up: I have a Rega P3 24 and a Technics 1200 Mrk3 powered by a Rega Brio 3 ably assisted by Rega RS1 speakers. We started with Beat It, Billy Jean and Human Nature from MJ's Thriller and the look and expression on their faces throughout the first 3 cuts told me I may have gained some analog converts yesterday or at least planted some seeds for further analog nurturing in the not so distant future. My audience consisted of 1 grade schooler, 2 highschoolers, their 55-year-old dad and their 45-year-old mom along with my 65-year-old dad who's into vinyl already. After select cuts from Thriller, my suspicion was validated with: "Wow, Tito ang ganda ng tunog!" and "Grabe, ibang klase pala pag plaka." This was my cue to share how and why the sound that comes from vinyl is superior to the sound that comes from an MP3, a CD or an Ipod (although Neil Young and Frank of The Fort are doing something neat about that.) Building on my consultative training approach, I then asked them, "What do you want to hear next?" While waiting for them to decide I pulled out John Williams and the Boston Pops in Space and played the Superman Theme and Empire Strikes Back. More oohs and wows! And then came the first request, Sound of Silence off the Simon and Garfunkel Concert at Central Park. This was from my uncle. Followed by Dancing Queen from Abba Gold. "Di ba mahal yan?" asked my uncle. "Yung mga sealed yes. But there's some thrill involved in the hunt and if you go to places like Vinyl Dump where I got this --- I showed him a NM copy of Dirty Dancing OST --- you can enjoy some Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley and then some for Php 250. Also the price just like paintings is relative to the premium you associate with the album you're looking for." I then played Time of My Life which the kids realized was a much better version then the BEP's revival. The kids then ask for Sum 41 and Extreme which I don't have. But I countered, "you play the guitar, right? What do you love to play?" The highschooler goes: "Hmmm...Tears in Heaven by EC." That I have and then I handed him the album jacket of Unplugged by EC and proceeded to play Clapton's ode to his son Conor. Up next, from the gradeschooler and the highschooler, "Do you have Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen?" "Coming up next!" I said. I then handed them my album references (i.e., Top 100 Albums of the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s and the RS Greatest 500 Albums of All Time) for them to browse while I pulled out my Queen Greatest Hits album. And then the highschooler goes, "Do you have Coldplay Tito?" "Which Coldplay?" I asked. "My fave," she said, "Viva La Vida." "Surely," but before I played it I awarded her with a NASA trivia --- "did you know that this was the wake-up song that the NASA astronauts asked Houston control to play for them on their last morning in space aboard the now- retired space shuttle?" And off my Coldplay Q Magazine issue went to her hands. Elated by the Viva La Vida experience, she asks for one more. "Do you have Fix You also by Coldplay?" Yes, from the X & Y album. And then their mom goes, "How about some OPM by say, the Apo." "Ah, yes. Which Apo song? I only have 1 album." Good thing she asked for Awit ng Barkada from Mga Kwento ng Apo album. By this time, they were singing along. The highschooler then asks for Stairway to Heaven from the Led Zeppelin IV album. "How come you know all these songs?" I asked. They then chorused: "It's because of Glee, Tito and the Voice and American Idol." Oh, I see. Which gave me a thought: "Let's see if you can spot this one," I challenged them. I then played the first cut from Journey's Escape and even before Steve Perry sang the first line, they all shouted at the top of their voices, "Don't Stop Believing, don't stop believing!" Unfortunately, both their parents have work today so our session had to end after Steve Perry's driving rendition. But they all said, it was an awesome experience they'd like to repeat. And as they were leaving, I got bombarded with questions that are music to the ears of audiophiles everywhere: where can we buy a turntable? where do you get your records? how much do they cost? what is the average cost? how do I set that up with the Bose speakers in our music room? how many albums do you have? do you have 45s?, etc.

My wife and my dad congratulated me after for holding court and entertaining our analog converts in the making. In my mind, I realized that grand experience of theirs would not have happened had it not been for the men and women of Wired State and some non-WS analog enthusiasts who have lent a helping and friendly hand to me along the way. The people who do not just sell but who are really into this because of the passion and the fulfillment that comes with each vinyl spun, each album held on the edges, each album jacket read and gazed at, each album located and handed off to you at MCS, Libis, Cubao, Greenhills, etc. Salamat TAS, Bebop, Spare, Doasmarx, Vinylhead, Boytoy, Grey Market, Recordmogul, Merlin, Superman, Vinyl Dump, MRI. Salamat, Hypertriode, WattsHifi, AVDI and Nick Sy. Salamat sa mga insights at payo, Audiostar, Kabubi, Jadis, BB3, Voltraizer, Arnel, Jon, Docsialu, and the rest of our WS bros and sis. Salamat, Vintage Dog, De Tubo, Jack and the team behind WS. Sana wala akong nakalimutan.

Mabuhay po kayo! VIVA LA WIRED STATE!

a nice story indeed & a great year-ender post ...
Happy new year , von! :party:
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Re: THANKING WS GEAR AND SOFTWARE SELLERS

Postby sumnerbrowne » Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:42 pm

Many thanks, Volt. Happy New Year to you, too. :-)
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Re: THANKING WS GEAR AND SOFTWARE SELLERS

Postby sumnerbrowne » Sun Jun 14, 2015 7:17 pm

Fast forward to 2015.

After more than 5 years, my wife finally meets up with our niece (different from the nieces I cited in 2012) who is currently based in Illinois. After her successful foray in grade school gymnastics, guess what she's into these days?

Yup the same stuff we at WS are crazy about.

In fact, she's saving up for a Crosley. :-)

My mission: to convince her to go for an entry level Pro-ject, Rega or AT.

Stay tuned.
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