SSM

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  1. For nostalgia's sake, I had contemplated re-acquiring a KEF Coda 7 or Acoustic Energy Aegis Evo One I saw online. Had lovely memories of these iconic 1995-2000 budget standmounts. Then I recently acquired Q Acoustics 3010. So damn cute. What is scary is its performance. Mated with a great amp, it has no right to sound as incredible as it does. Today's budget standmount has surpassed the class-leaders of yesterday. There's no way the Coda 7 or Evo One is on par with the 3010. SS
  2. Its still alive. Like revisiting a comfy old couch which holds sweet memories of one's butt impressions. I'll insert the occasional butt indent then. The decadent collecting spree of 2014-5 has passed and I have more or less settled in for the long term with my main components for the past four years, which have now become vintage classics. A few have been sold (adieu Rega Elicit and Arcam A38, perhaps I should have kept you guys, sob), and a few classic pieces have been acquired (MF X-150, you are da bomb!). Mental stock-take of the stuff scattered between my and my partner's homes and the workplace: Pre-amps: Conrad-Johnson ET3SE, Cyrus Pre2 DAC, Ayre Acoustics K-5xeMP, Icon Audio LA4 MkIII, Musical Fidelity X-Pre Power amps: C-J Classic Sixty, Sun Audio SV-2A3 (25th Anniversary edition), Genesis M60, Cyrus X Power+PSX-R2 & SmartPower, Primare A34.2, Exposure 2010S2 Integrateds: Genesis I60, Musical Fidelity X-150 & X-A100R, Cyrus 6vs DACs: Primare DAC30, C-J HD3, Arcam rDAC (with linear power supply) and MiniBlink, plus handful of chi-fi Bluetooth receivers (I've gone over to streaming FLACs using Tidal Hifi) Speakers: Omega Super Alnico and Super 3i, Dynaudio Evoke 10, ProAc Tablette Ten, AVI Neutron IV, Dali Zensor Pico, Q Acoustics 3010
  3. Rabski a teetotaller... doesn't compute yet lol. Your memory's good too. I left the flowers and had a major career shift in 2018. Now in engineering and transport signalling. Steep learning curve and a lot of pain but the job's super secure amidst economic turbulence. Finally have some free time and oddly found my way into the Tent. See ya around. SS
  4. Oh, you're still around Rabski! Wine connoisseur married to lovely Belgian iirc.
  5. The cataloging of classical recordings on Tidal isn't always systematic, compared to Spotify. For instance, if you are trying to find Manfred Honeck's Pittsburgh Symphony recordings of LvB 3, 5 and 7 Symphonies, the artist is listed as Pittsburgh Orchestra. Honeck is uncredited. SS
  6. Two years on from going the route of single-driver monitors, a diminutive two-way has entered solidschateau. ^ ProAc Tablette Ten, Omega Super Alnico and Super 3i It is a splendid music-maker. SS
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    Ok Jerry, I'll be checking out Menuhin's Elgar 1st and VW 5th. They had better be good... Hope your Xmas roast duck was good. cheerSS
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    I am not sure his Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor tops Pavarotti's take, but Mr Calleja does the 'Mario Lanza' repertoire very nicely indeed. Sexy voice. They should have played his rendition of 'You'll Never Walk Alone' for Gerard's farewell. That would have made his career seem grander than it is. SS
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    Tennis, anyone?

    Hope the new statues will be truer to life than the infamous terra cotta in Shanghai. AM's reaction is priceless! SS
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    ouch... Good to know that makes you happy and chipper! I wonder how many statues of the Murrays and Lendl will be erected in Scotchland over the next few months? That could keep ol' builder Lexi and Potemkin in coin for a while... cheerSS
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    Tennis, anyone?

    Almost unbelievable, isn't it? A Scottish tennis player world No.1. I wouldnt have thought this possible for AM in 2006, given the drubbings he got from the Big Two!!! Nice to see you around. Stay tuned for the next AM meltdown at the. 2017 AO LOL. SS
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    It does merit a knighthood but surely it's better for AM to receive it when he retires. (?) Oh wow, Murray ends 2016 ranked No.1 I didn't think he could achieve that this year, so I'm a bit gobsmacked!!! Stratie, Sweetpot, Lexi, Geo... are you scotch bois still lurking around? AM is world No.1 !!! This is your chance to sock it to me LOL!!! SS
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    Tennis, anyone?

    This is another year where the men's and ladies FO champions were knocked out so early. Agassi and Graf in 1999 is another. If AM doesn't go into top gear and win the whole shebang, he will rue this golden opportunity forever. SS
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    del Potro can put on a phenomenal performance when his emotions are stirred big-time, usually by events happening in his beloved Argentina. The impetus this time is prolly Argentina losing the Copa cup to Chile in tragic fashion. In 2013 he stormed to the semi-finals, the year Pope Francis was elected. del Potro is a Francis fan and had an audience with him at the Vatican before that Wimby. He may make a deep run again this year but his grass game is unlikely to trouble an in-form Djokovic. SS
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    I'm not a citizen of the Sinking Empire, what summer of discontent? This summer is my best one yet in a decade. Praise to thee, o dating app! Your Sturgeon lass doesn't look too bleak this week either. Triumphant glow, in fact. Be interesting what happens should AM lift the Wimby trophy next weekend. Maybe she will be waving a Saltire tablecloth behind Johnson's back. SS
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    Yucks. That half-baked aussie. I root for whomever he's playing against. His time hasn't come yet. Maybe he and Raonic will have a Fed-Nadal bromance going on in two years' time. But now it is Djokovic's reign and the only one who can spoil it is AM, especially now that he has Lendl in his corner again. I may not care much about the future ATP game that much, once the Big Four retires. SS
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    Why you... I'm surprised. With all this daily music you're listening to, you'd have more than a Haydn symphony's length to do any manual sweating. Thought it'll be over for you in 17 mins too, except your chosen piece would be The Lark Ascending. Rachmaninov's 2nd PC and 2nd Symphony are my preferred accompaniment. Wagner's Tristan und Isolde would be ideal, but the amor would turn cold and clammy and run screaming out the door even before Act 2's begun. SS
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    Been idly doing a comparative review of the various recordings of Strauss' Don Juan I have (about 40). It's easier to do this now that they are all ripped to FLAC. DJ has never been my favourite Strauss tone poem despite the much lauded love music in its middle. It usually comes coupled with a bigger RS tone poem, which is why I have that many. And a lot of these Don Juans were recorded by old git conductors who scarcely give that youthful sexual ardor. Karajan, Previn (Telarc), Szell, Muti, Blomstedt, Bohm, ... One oldie does have the passion : Reiner and the CSO in 1954. His is one of the quickest (16:20), Maybe that accounts for the lusty vibe. A Don Juan shouldn't exceed 17 mins. ^ The second good Don Juan in modern sound would be Libor Pesek's. His reading is as hot-blooded as Reiner's. SS
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    Tennis, anyone?

    Lendl's presence adds to AM's game. He's looking dangerous and sharp once again. This Wimby will be very interesting... SS
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    Oooh... Lendl and AM are getting back together again. Could this be the start of an Indian summer for Andy? SS
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    Wow Alan, give Mrs MB a Prada purse! Excellent birthday present there. 3 Geminis on here, you me and Malcolm plus Aquarian Jerry --- all Air signs. Today's the birthday of another great Gemini composer - Richard Strauss! Joining Wagner's (22 May) and Elgar's (2 June) Incidentally, my top three most listened to composers of the last 12 months, hmmm... ^ listening to Erich Kleiber's Der Rosenkavalier. A true classic. I reckon his conducting is more lively and sympathetic to Strauss' vision than Karajan's overly-famous and overly-syrupy EMI set. Carlos Kleiber's classic live performance also shares much of his father's interpretive touches. SS
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    Tennis, anyone?

    Young guns? Raonic is still a work in progress, or has he already peaked? Then, there is that Malaysian-Aussie:sick: Can't see either of them, or any one, threatening Djokovic's dominance. The question looming over the next three years will be: is Djokovic better than Federer and Nadal? He needs six more Slams to match Federer's haul. I'll admit I never thought Djo would dominate like he has this decade. When Federer was waxing Djokovic during his own halcyon years 2003-7, it seemed that Djo could not raise his game any further to overcome the Fed Express. He actually did. Djokovic at his peak might be superior to Federer at his IMO. SS
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    Barenboim's Elgar 1 is now available to stream. It complements his Elgar 2 with the same orchestra. ^ Danny's old git skin tone is rather scary here. Looking embalmed-ish. Listening to the performance, there seems to be focus on clarity and precision, even more so than with his Elgar 2. Not sure I like this kind of sound for Elgar. Oramo and the luxuriant string tone he elicits from the Royal Stockholm Orchestra is more my cup of tea. What do you reckon, Alan? BTW, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! You're 48!!! Well done, old boy. SS
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    The title was Djokovic's to lose. This year he finally nailed it. A brave show from AM. He has it harder than the other top-ranked good players in the Sampras-Agassi era. He's playing in the Federer-Nadal-Djokovic era, these three are already amongst tennis' G.O.A.T.s Djokovic's always a step ahead of AM these days, you wonder if AM can still win a Slam or two when Djo's on form... SS
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    Will AM winning RG be a good thing for Brexit... Hollande could be on hand to land plenty of wet kisses... SS