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  1. Is there a cassette tape resurgence?

    I remember in the late 80s a flat mate bought back a Cocteau Twins tape from Bali that switched to Michael Jackson mid-tape.
  2. Centenary of the October Revolution

    What country do you live in? I think I'd like to visit.
  3. Turntable to play 78s and LPs?

    For your $500 you could pick-up a Lenco GL75. It's what I use for my 78s but it can also be modified if you fancy upgrading for regular lps. I have a Shure MX97xe cartridge for 'normal' lps and switch the M78 mono stylus in for 78s. It's 20 second change-over without needing two arms or multiple carts. In terms of sound quality I think the stock Lenco is well above entry level Rega's and Projects. For the pre-RIAA 78 curves you can use a cheap phono stage like the one have up for sale: https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/121454-fs-tc-778-riaa78-phono-equalizer/ It has a switch for 78/or regular RIAA. There is a Lenco owners thread on SNA and a well established international forum called Lenco Heaven. Just noticed @audiofeline has a Dual TT. That would be a very good option with the Shure cart.
  4. Jazz: Currently Spinning

    @Monty I love Bythe, on my recent trip to New York I had Lennox Avenue on my travel soundtrack. I listened to it twice on the flight over to get me in the mood.
  5. Who collects 78s?

    I buy jazz 78s when I can, happy to be on your list.
  6. Tracks with KILLER BASS. What shakes your system?

    Modeselector's Evil Twin is always my first port of call for bass testing. https://g.co/kgs/ufKJ43
  7. I owned Super 8 xrs alnicos. Fantastic but not to everyone's taste. Definitely try before you buy. Krispy Audio carry them and are a sponsor of SNA, contact Cameron he will be able to help you. They don't show up second hand very often.
  8. Jazz: Currently Spinning

    I haven't listened to Perelman for ages, thanks for the reminder.
  9. Jazz: Currently Spinning

    Get well Mikey, you will be a new man in a month or so.
  10. Jazz: Currently Spinning

    OK, this is my last boasting NYC post. Tonight was my last night in this wonderful city and I finished with a cracker of a gig at Zorn's The Stone at the New School, the same place where I went on my first night. It's been a real privilege to hear such an amazing array of musos over the last 2 weeks, very sad to be leaving. I'm not a huge fan of Frisell but he played an absolutely sweet duet with Uri Caine. SATURDAY SEPT 2—John Zorn (sax) Bill Frisell (guitar) Okkyung Lee (cello) Ikue Mori (electronics) Cyro Baptista (percussion) Uri Caine (piano) Tomas Fujiwara (drums) and many special guests
  11. Jazz: Currently Spinning

    Last night's gig was an SNA jazz thread favourite. Awesome gig in a painfully hip bar, had a blast.
  12. Jazz: Currently Spinning

    Vinyl mate. I've never seen it before.
  13. Jazz: Currently Spinning

    Forgot to mention that I picked up an unopened copy of Chris Abrahams 1986 album 'Walk'. Time to bring it back home.
  14. Jazz: Currently Spinning

    Well tonight's NY gig was at the Downtown Music Gallery in Chinatown. I had the great pleasure of seeing and meeting with clarinettist Guillermo Gregorio who played with long term collaborator Matt Maneri on viola with young cellist Nicholas Jozeiak. This is a tiny basement record shop that specialises in avant jazz etc. that also puts on performances a few times a month. I only had one of Gregorio's Hat Art label albums which has been a favourite for a number of years. I can't explain how strange it was being in this tiny underground space watching such sublime music. One of the best gigs of my life. Oh, and I bought a few records... I'm not sure what sort of freight Bruce the owner charges but check out their discogs site, they have some amazing stuff. I had to stop myself looking through the Cleanfeed box. Pic was taken just before the performance, I hate phone welders as much as anyone at gigs but it was a special moment.
  15. Beer: "proof that God loves us"

    Sitting in the Henry St Ale House in Brooklyn having an English beer, the Coniston blue Bird bitter, and it is one of the best beers I've ever had. Mrs bell ringer is having a Barrier Green Room pale.