- December 2nd, 2013
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Don’t forget, good jazz show this week- Wed – Sat. – Lou Donaldson Quartet.
Always good, his bawdy stories are worth it alone.
There, I was hoping that would get your attention. Basically, I’m looking for help in finding a new locale. And we’ve been looking, trust me. All of my friends and family are tired of me talking about it, and some of you I’m sure. I’m looking for a store front, an actual to goodness store front, not too big, great sounding rooms, preferably somewhere between the city and the county. Let’s face it, some of you have been reluctant to come downtown, and, due to being in a third floor loft, we’re not accessible to walk in traffic, which many of you have been demanding. Also, even though our two rooms sound okay, just okay, some of our chosen gear just doesn’t show well there. When I take it home it sounds like heaven, and you’re not hearing that, and you should. So hence the move. Also I’ll have actual store hours, so you can march in anytime during business hours and play your great to bad music for me, chat endlessly about gear, music, food, Renee Fleming, whatever. I will still have by appt only scheduling if some of you require that, for that extra special care.
So please, if you know of any commercial space, again preferably a smaller older home (those sound best), don’t hesitate to contact me. There will be some kind of reward if we choose your find, maybe some cables to upgrade your system, plus one of my top secret award winning meatloaves….
I just can’t get over how great this new gear from Line Magnetic is, especially the “starter” cd player, the 215 CD Player. For $1500 it gives plain old simple joy. You really must audition it if you are still in the market for a cd player. Yes, I know, many of you are streaming now, and that’s fine. Yet unless you have a great streamer, like a Naim, I’m still of the mind that a good cd player still rules the day. Line Magnetic is also coming out with a fancier unit, in their Gold Series. It will be available to listen to soon, if you can pry it out of my hands.
Also seen bouncing around the shop, coming from a very fine lineage of phono stages, is the new moving magnet Audio Research LP1. It is extremely welcome to see more of the royal goodness trickle down into the everyman’s land of hifi. This quite affordable phono stage will add zest to many a system with a moving magnet or high output moving coil cartridge. Yet couple this royal baby to a regal step up transformer, such as one of my favs, the Dynavector SUP-200, and you can add a highly sophisticated low output moving coil cartridge for stunning sound. It gives us great pleasure to bring this piece in to St. Louis, where proper gear, especially analog, is sorely needed. And also to show the fine direction Audio Research is maintaining in their recently released products. Nicely done!
Introducing to the St. Louis market, the new Naim Nait XS 2 integrated amplifier, fresh from Salisbury. Already it has been everything we have hoped for from the newly revamped line of integrateds from Naim. Starting with the Nait 5si (60 watts), the in-house Nait XS2 (70 watts), and the SuperNait 2 (80 watts), all have improved power supplies and new components throughout.
Call and arrange for a listen to this new crown prince apparent ….currently sporting the Naim CDX2 with XPS DR power supply.
One of the best bargains in all of audio, the Dynavector P75 phono stage has recently been upgraded to MK III status, that’s Mk 3 for those that won’t wear their cheaters. Boasting improved sonic qualities, and more variety in phono loading ( I believe it has a position for a 1mv loading that some of you have been asking for), it also has a grounding post, since some of today’s integrateds and pre’s are forgetting vinyl users altogether….shame, we say, shame. Currently on display and demo, call for a listen. And did I say, in stock?
Many of you know how much I love to talk of hifi and music, and well, just about anything else. Weekly I get many nice phone calls, and lots of email, and as a good retailer should, I try and aid or guide the caller. However, I am getting many calls from out of towners, from people who have a dealer in their area with the same gear as we have. I cannot sell to you if that is the case. If you get on a plane or drive to St Louis and visit me at 2020 Washington Ave, then of course we can do business. Yet I still get barraged with calls from New York City, Canada, Ohio, the Northwest, from people looking for a Leben 300 or wanting to know about Shahinians or which I prefer, Totem or Harbeth or DeVore. If you come here, or are in an area of the Midwest without a dealer for our products, I will give you my fullest attention. However, I will no longer entertain calls from those of you outside my selling jurisdiction. It’s not fair to me nor your local/regional dealer.
Thank you for your kind consideration…..