Michael Fremer Posted: Aug 03, 2012 39 comments
Getting a review sample of this unique ultrasonic record cleaning machine took years because apparently the small German manufacturer could not keep up with demand. I’ve heard from a few sources that reliability was not high during those early days but that now that’s been sorted out as has manufacturing capacity.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Aug 03, 2012 5 comments
Hey Mikey- I have a question you might post and answer since it's general interest, I think. In your recent Freewheelin' Bob Dylan review you mentioned the white and black label Stereo 360 records from Columbia, and you mention that the black label indicates Columbia's all-tube cutting chain.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Aug 02, 2012 15 comments
Love the website. I can't stay off of it! I have an "Ask Mikey' question:

"What do you use to control static pops and clicks on your records?"

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Michael Fremer Posted: Aug 01, 2012 9 comments
A couple of years ago I started getting in to vinyl. I’m young enough that I fell in love with music when it was still being produced on vinyl.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Aug 01, 2012 392 comments
Register to win a Lyra Delos Phono Cartridge From Music Direct (MSRP $1,650) we are giving away.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jul 29, 2012 78 comments
Call me crazy (and you wouldn't be the first!) but when I spend $25 or $50 on a 180 gram reissue, I want to know the source used and who did the cutting, plating and pressing. Don't you? But we don't get that vital information as often as we'd like, do we?

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jul 28, 2012 2 comments
This is the third album from Brooklyn based Clare and the Reasons and its first to be issued on vinyl. Movie, the group's 2007 debut features Van Dyke Parks and Sufjan Stevens to give you an idea of what's going on here.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jul 28, 2012 7 comments
Starting in 1954 the late veteran DJ William B. Williams hosted a long-running radio show on WNEW-AM called "Make Believe Ballroom" (a name, coincidentally, we also used at summer camp for kids who prematurely wore jock straps before they really had a need to).
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jul 26, 2012 8 comments
“Strange Days” was the perfect album for its time. For music lovers at a time when records were the main means by which a generation communicated with its culture, the title, cover art, music and sound resonated with the meaning of the fall of 1967 (even though the album was recorded the previous spring at L.A.’s Sunset Sound).