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July 3, 2014

News from RCN World Headquarters


It’s summertime here at RCN World Headquarters. The ageing window unit air conditioners wheeze against the 95-degree sun beating down. The poor machines try. They do make a lot of noise. But ultimately, they only cool the few feet of air in front of them. Between the noise and heat our serious listening time is relegated to early morning hours and late night. Oh how we suffer in the heat. But the mornings and evenings are glorious and the listening is more amazing than ever.

Turn Up the Radio! Rock, Pop, and Roll in Los Angeles 1956-1972 by our own Harvey Kubernik with a foreword by Tom Petty and an afterword by Roger Steffens combines oral and illustrated history with Harvey’s depth of knowledge. Turn Up the Radio! Is a must read. Nothing captures the zeitgeist of the Los Angeles rock and pop music word between the years of 1956 and 1972 like this book. Featuring hundreds of rare and previously unpublished photographs and images of memorabilia, this collection highlights dozens of iconic bands including the Doors, Beach Boys, Frank Zappa and many others. This one of a kind keepsake is a must have!

Our second ever Record Room, dubbed the Son of Record Room, is once again at Audio Element in Old Town Pasadena. It promises to be another evening of great music, pizza and friends. Luke Manley from VTL will be there bringing the magic of tubes to life and reps from several turntable co’s will be there answering your questions and spinning some tunes. July 17th from 6-9pm. Contact Audio Element for reservation as space is limited. (626) 793-7229 (See page 16 for details.)

record_cleaning_machineCLEAN THOSE GROOVES
Groovy Hi-Fi Solutions, Inc. just announced the renewal of the highly regarded Torumat TM-7XH Record Cleaning Fluid as the TM-8 Super Record Cleaning Fluid. Now some of you are going, “WOW, I’ve been saving my last bottle for years…” But for those of you saying to yourself “the Toru TM What?” Let me give you the 411. This is some serious magic juice that long time audiophiles who know about it go nuts over. You use it with your vacuum type record-cleaning machine. Groovy Hi-Fi Solutions derived their own TM-8 Super Record Cleaning Fluid from the original formulation developed by the late Toy Shigekawa. for more info.


If you missed seeing (and hear-ing) the latest audio equipment — like this YG Acoustics’ Hailey — at T.H.E. Show last month, you can still check out all the new gear from dozens of manufacturers at the upcoming California Audio Show.

We had occasion to acquire the use of one Ultrasonic Record Cleaning Machine here at RCN World Headquarters. Cleaning records ultrasonically is for real. We’ve cleaned over a hundred records in the past few weeks and all came out looking and sounding fantastic. But two of them sounded better dirty. I don’t know why. Maybe the dirt was the only thing holding them together. The rest sounded from better to holy moly better. BUT, this is no scientific test because we also upgraded the cartridge recently and that sucker is just about sounding as sweet as anything that’s ever been heard in a living room/listening room at any RCNWHQ (Record Collector News World Headquarters). Oh and I still use the VPI record cleaning machine because the more time spent fussing over my records
the better.

See you at the California Audio Show August 15-17 in San Francisco at the Westin Hotel Millbrae (SFO). It promises to be the party of the summer!


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