Don Ruperto

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  1. Like so many aspects of history, as time goes by and the participants pass away... things tend to become over simplified. I've noticed a fair few modern documentaries state the theme at the beginning then just repeat it over and over throughout the programme - just padding it out to fill up 60 minutes, very little in the way of new info. I'm mostly referring to stuff on the lesser TV channels. I watched Dimbledy's programme about the North African campaign recently - that was excellent. I thought Nolan's Dunkirk movie was disappointing. Full of inaccuracies and anachronistic detail. (bit of a long word there, had to slow down to spell it correctly!). I actually clicked on this thread because I thought you might be posting about the old b&w films from the 50s and 60s.
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    Opera

    I'm not sure I'm hardcore as such, but have quite a big collection of opera. Like most everybody I love Puccini, also Mozart, but I think the composer I listen to the most is Bellini. Both my parents passed away last year, I'm so lucky both had broad taste in music. Like me, Mum loved opera.... but she also loved Toots and The Maytals. Can't be bad. Here are some of my favourite discs. Yes, I do like Maria Callas.
  3. The album above has been reissued on vinyl many times, in fact it's around again at present. Sound wise I honestly couldn't say which would be the best version to buy. The only certain thing is that if you buy it from Amazon, it's unlikely to become a cherished possession with the inevitable bent up sleeve due to their packaging. Not a subject to start me on!
  4. Nina Simone... all her early stuff is marvellous, but her very first album is wonderful, also "At Town Hall" is great. The recordings aren't up to today's standards, but nevertheless they really come alive on a good system. Nina's first album was recorded in late 1957 and has gradually grown in stature as one of the truly great albums I think, right up there with Joni's "Blue".
  5. Wow, that's something to own. That's excellent. There was a good documentary about Lee Miller on Sky Arts recently. I have two books, one that I bought in the trade 20 years back, and then last year I found "Lee Miller's War" in a local charity shop - £2. My house is so swamped with books, LPs and CDs I haven't seen the older title for about 10 years now, by memory I think it's Thames and Hudson. If my health holds together I'm going to try and move within the year. Then I hope to shelve everything so I can enjoy my books a bit more. I'm approaching retirement.
  6. I won't say the name, but I went to the same art school as Gertler and Carrington. I like Mark Gertler, but as far as the Bloomsbury group goes I'm not so taken. I have a very broad interest in visual art though - mostly the same era as you too. Despite having it hammered out of me at college, I still love British Victorian art - it's typical of us Brits to rubbish our own artists. I'm also very interested in La Belle Epoque and the period that followed - the Surrealists, Les Six, Cocteau, Man Ray, you get the idea. The great photographers too. I could bore on for hours....
  7. T-cut? Are you talking about scratched discs? I sometimes do the toothpaste thing to remove a scratch, then I wash it thoroughly.
  8. Looking at the playing surface of a CD is often tricky. If you've ever bought used CDs in a bright light, you simply can't see the surface, it just glares back at you. It's a little bit better in a shop (I wear my reading glasses). But if you really want to make your hair stand on end, look at a disc under a domestic light bulb in the evening - like that, CDs always have marks. Have to say that my CD player plays everything thrown at it.
  9. Yes, Nimbus stickies! Horrible things, I haven't seen one for a couple of years now. And you mustn't wash CDRs - big mistake, they mark very easily indeed. Anybody that has really played about with discs will know that a CD's playing surface is more resistant to marks than a DVD's surface. Blu-rays seem to be the most resistant. I haven't made my mind up about SACDs, I've about 30 or so, but I've just let them be. I sell quite a lot of CDs and that's how I started to wash CDs - just to take the fingerprints off. Somewhere along the line I experimented with multiple copies of the same CD and was really surprised with the results. I do use soap, but I've developed a method where the whole process can be done safely without damaging the disc in any way. I've always imagined it's something to do with removing a release agent of some kind. The first time I saw a CD with green on it was Anne-Sophie Mutter's Carmen Fantasie CD on DG - I'd picked one up for 50p and it had green gouache on both inner and outer edges. I already had the CD in my collection so I compared the two and that was how that started for me. To be honest I never green new CDs, if I do get the urge it's usually an old favourite which has no monetary value or something I've multiple copies of - then I might. I don't really need to have hard and fast scientific explanations. In my world I know there are thousands of mysteries out there which the corduroy jacket boys can't explain, but then I didn't sit in front in physics and listen to Emerson Lake and Palmer. Seriously, I trust my ears. I hear shapes when I listen to music, I sometimes hear colours when I listen to music - it's not so unusual. I gather the scientific community is just starting to try and explain this. I imagine Duke Ellington fully understood this phenomenon round about 1930....
  10. Back in the 90s there was quite some discussion about this in HiFi News. Some pundits could hear the difference, but for a long time nobody could figure out how it might work - most people going over the same issues as this thread, ie the basic theory was nonsense. Eventually it was explained that although the pen couldn''t possibly change the stream coming off the disc, the error correction circuitry didn't have to work so hard and therefore there was less current eddying about. And I see Rabski has now rubbished this. So be it! In my experience, using a green Pentel pen for both inner and outer edges, I've usually heard a subtle sharpening of detail and focus. But you can achieve much more by washing CDs... that really does work. It needs a bit of care, but often the improvement is really something. (old rupert gets roundly shot down in flames...)
  11. Another clue - which will google - her sister is reputed to be the most recorded singer in the world. What is your interest in Mark Gertler and Dora Carrington? Bit off topic here!
  12. Well that's exactly as I thought, and is the same advice that I pasted from Futureshop above. And you attach both channel's ground leads to the amp. So what has my seller done? It didn't help that he was Eastern European, he was a nice fellow and his English was pretty good - but maybe not good enough to explain things properly. Here we go: "The reason for you can not see the ground leads is that this is a single wire terminated version. It means that the ground (shield) is matched to the cold point at the end of amp side. On the speaker side it is out of use. This is the usual solution for speakers which has no ground terminal." Here's one of his photos - the speaker end unfortunately - I've added the arrow and you can just see the ground cable. At the speaker end one can quite clearly see it's cut short about 1cm from the plug, but at the amplifier end it's not so clear, they both appear to run into the plugs.
  13. I think I understand. Maybe fellow Inspiration user MotherSky could describe how he has his cables set up. Assuming they are 2 to 4.