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Birds, Vinyl and Things You Still Can’t Hack

By jim kaplan I almost got hacked on Amazon the other day. I got an email from something that really looked like Amazon Prime. The graphics were co convincing I almost clicked on it. Disaster avoided but it was close this time....
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Toussaint gets the 2M Blue treatment

KAPLAN’S KORNER Record Collector News Ortofon 2M Blue I was stopped in my tracks while auditioning the Ortofon 2M Blue moving magnet cartridge a few weeks ago. The 2M Blue, mounted on the Jelco 750 D tone arm on the GEM D...
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SME: The Bluebird of Happiness

KAPLAN’S KORNER HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! Happy 14th Anniversary to Dig! Music in Ukiah California. Make sure to stop in ad say hello to owner Mike Roumbanis when you’re cruising 101 north of the Bay Area. Happy 29th Anniv...
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Hello to WyWires; Farewell to Petty

KAPLAN’S KORNER Secret Weapon The WyWires phono cable might be the best component in my stereo and you really can’t see it. It’s like a stealth component in the war on noise. The instant I mounted it on the Ortofon 11...
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McCartney, Motown and Marley

By Jim Kaplan Spring and summer are stacking up with a plethora of concerts along with album and CD events. Paul McCartney has a May 17 release of Egypt Station-Explorer’s Edition on Capitol Records. It coincides with the sta...
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Macy, Casey and Charlie Brown

By Jim Kaplan MACY GRAY, STRIPPED I saw Macy Gray live in San Jose at the Usual nightclub in 2001, about two weeks after she won the Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “I Try.” Macy Gray showed up at that litt...
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Man In The High Castle

Best of 2017

KAPLAN’S KORNER Best Soundtrack LP The Man In The High Castle I was a fan of Man In The High Castle author Philip K Dick from an early, impressionable age, I am a fan of the Amazon series as well which takes place in 1963...
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More Mono and Other Rare Sounds

KAPLAN’S KORNER ORTOFON IN MONO I’m not done yacking about the Ortofon 2M Mono and the Ortofon Quintet Mono. Obviously the gorgeous Beatles and Stones reissues in mono sound stunning on both cartridges. But I keep disco...
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Good Equipment for Great Listening

KAPLAN’S KORNER Buying gear because of the music During this last ten years, as I approach the final third of my life (which I call the fuck-it phase), I have invested some serious time and money into my stereo equipment....
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