Michael Fremer  |  May 01, 2018  |  11 comments
Shure Statement Regarding the Discontinuation of Phono Products

For more than 90 years, Shure has been committed to manufacturing and delivering products of the highest quality, reliability, and value. This commitment requires consistency in materials, processes, and testing, as well the capacity to react to fluctuations in demand.

Michael Fremer  |  May 01, 2018  |  3 comments
SME Limited announced today that it had acquired Garrard from Gradiente Electronics of Brazil, which in 1979 had acquired the brand name. In addition, SME announced it had acquired Loricraft Audio founded by Terry O'Sullivan who set up shop in Lambourn, West Berkshire close to Garrard's original Swindon manufacturing site.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 27, 2018  |  17 comments
Brothers Kevin and Steven Berg recently purchased vacuum-based record cleaning machine manufacturer Nitty Gritty Record Care Products and have resumed operations in an Atlanta, Georgia based facility that will produce a full line of machines as well as service older units.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 27, 2018  |  2 comments
AXPONA 2018 was 1/3 larger than last year’s show and at least twice as well-produced and managed, which is saying a great deal since these have consistently been well-managed affairs.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 26, 2018  |  4 comments
After a more than 30 year absence SAEC's double knife-edged bearing tone arm is once again in production and will be available through DS Exports, DS Audio's new export division. DS Audio, of course manufactures a line of "optical" cartridges and dedicated phono preamplifiers.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 25, 2018  |  6 comments
Jerome Sabbagh's upcoming album is not yet pressed but will be shortly, with lacquers cut by Bernie Grundman from the original master tapes and pressed at QRP.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 24, 2018  |  6 comments
Thanks to an anonymous source, here's one record store's RSD story: Comeback Vinyl opened 2014 in Atlanta and just recently moved to its current Alpharetta, GA. location. These photos, showing the line stretched around the block, are from last week's Record Store Day. Clearly customers did "Comeback" to Comeback Vinyl!

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 23, 2018  |  First Published: Apr 01, 2002  |  0 comments
Classic Records' Michael Hobson announced at the 2002 CES that he is releasing 15 Blue Note mono albums.

My assignment: to cover analog at the 2002 Consumer Electronics Show. Want the bad news first? There wasn't any bad news. The good news started with a flood of new software. Fresh vinyl will help drive hardware sales while preventing the industry from trading solely in nostalgia.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 22, 2018  |  1 comments
AXPONA 2018 days 2 and 3 were spent mostly touring the upper hotel floors, with day 3 ending at the Convention Center on the other side of the Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel. More new analog gear debuted at this show than had been expected considering that Munich High End is but a few weeks away.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 20, 2018  |  4 comments
"Life in 12 Bars" the Showtime documentary directed by Lili Fini Zanuck available now streaming and on demand gets a 2 CD, 4LP original soundtrack album that includes a total of 32 tracks by The Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominoes, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Muddy Waters and Clapton's solo work.