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Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steve Hoffman, Jan 1, 2020.

  1. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    Hello and welcome, I'm glad to see you here, thanks for joining. We have been here since way back in 2002, always commercial free with over 100,000 dues paying members (just kidding, it's free).

    This is primarily an Audiophile Music Forum, which means we like to talk about the sound quality of our favorite music and how we can find the best sounding version of what we love to listen to.

    Lurkers, what are you waiting for? Register and participate!

    When you register, please fill out your profile as completely as you can so we can get to know you. We figure if you fill your profile out, you are serious about participating here with us and want to stick around for a while. When it asks you for "location" don't put "here, there and everywhere" or "USA" or "Earth" or "Mordor". Put your hometown, please. If you are going to discuss music sound quality, etc. please fill out your gear profile as well so we can get a faint idea of where you're coming from, much appreciated.

    It would be nice if you could put your real name (first is fine) in your signature line.

    Post often, but always respect other Forum members opinions even if they clash with your own. Try and win them over to your side if you wish, but in a friendly way!

    Don't be afraid to ask questions about music or equipment. No question is too dumb; it's how we learn. I think you will find our members are bright, passionate, articulate and intense about what they love (as they should be).

    Our Moderation team -- Origin of the GORTS:

    Most of you have seen the old Sci-Fi movie "The Day The Earth Stood Still", right? View attachment 361816

    Remember Gort? He's the big metal guy that protects our space man Klaatu from harm. But Gort also has power over Klaatu, to keep him and his fellow space folk living in a peaceful and non-warlike society....

    Well, here at my Forum, I want you to feel comfortable in posting about what is important to YOU without fear of being slammed. I have given power to my moderators whom I have nicknamed the GORTS and they watch over the various Forums day and night. I've given them power here to do what they think should be done and they will do whatever is needed. I trust their judgment and I'm very grateful for their help and support.

    Our famous Music Forum:

    Our MUSIC FORUM is the place to talk about music of any kind, jazz, country, classical, folk, world, oldies, rock, R&B, soul, pop, rap, etc., also the various types of music software (Compact Discs, Vinyl LP's, Edison Cylinders, SACD's, DVD-A's, Shellac 78's, 45's, Open reel, wire recordings etc.)

    This vast mix of music and software in one place is intentional; this is how I want it, without segregation of musical type, style, or software.

    Our other Forums:

    Audio playback gear has a separate AUDIO HARDWARE Forum, as does VISUAL ARTS (movies, TV, architecture, paintings, photography, etc.) There is an OFF-TOPIC section as well as the CLASSIFIED section where Forum members can buy, sell or trade. No CD-R or bootleg trading, please.

    Use our search engines to find topics that we might have covered before; there is a wealth of information here at your fingertips.

    Please do not thread-crap at our Forums. In other words, don't find a "Why I Love The Beatles" thread and post that you "hate the Beatles!" just to stir up trouble. This is thread crapping and will be erased. You ARE allowed to dislike the Beatles or any other band or artist, it's a free Forum. You have to start a new thread instead (if you must). Please try and resist starting threads that pit songs against each other or albums or artists... If you want to talk about a song, an album, an artist, start a thread or find an older one.

    Please, no political or religious discussions here. We tried that for a while and it did nothing but turn Forum Friends against each other in no time. As Linus in Peanuts once said: "There are three things I've learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin."

    When you have an extra minute, please read the revised FORUM RULES here:


    They are not hard to follow and are necessary for everyone's benefit. If you have a thorough knowledge of procedures it will make things easier.

    So, new Forum Friends: Enjoy your stay here, post long and come back often. I want you to have fun.

    And lurkers, don't hesitate to post. No reason to be shy; most of us don't bite.. :)

    If you feel that you need to contact a Gort (moderator) for any reason, push the "CONTACT US" button at the bottom of each page. If you need to "report a post", use the "Report this post to a Gort" button at the left of each post”. Please note that the "Report this post to a Gort" notification is always confidential.

    Tell your friends about us and have fun here!

    Sincerely yours,

    Steve Hoffman (your host)
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  2. Well spoken.
    I applaud you.
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  3. MikeP5877

    MikeP5877 Non-essential

    Long time lurker here, thanks! Happy New Year! :cheers:
  4. Bradd

    Bradd Forum Resident

    Chester, NJ
    I was a long time member but didn’t post much until recently. There is a lot of valuable information here and I often come across during an engine search.

    I’d like to see a bit more organization within the Music Forum but I don’t make the rules ;)
    DK Pete likes this.
  5. PooreBoy

    PooreBoy Forum Resident

    Lake City, TN
    Thanks for the profile reminder. My info was outdated, but it’s now up to date.
  6. tubesandvinyl

    tubesandvinyl Forum Resident

    Been here since '09.

    Learned heaps. Still learning.
    "You live. You learn. You live". Chuck Berry.

    Thanks Steve!
    OldPal and Greg Gee like this.
  7. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    the best place on the web since 2002!
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2020
  8. 4011021

    4011021 Forum Resident

    South America
    Great forum, simple rules
    tug_of_war and longdist01 like this.
  9. G E

    G E Forum Resident

    Incredible forum and a great group!

    ive learned a lot and hope I’ve contributed helpful info too.

    Looking forward to 2020 and lots of great music.
    Brian Lux, tug_of_war and longdist01 like this.
  10. Eric_Generic

    Eric_Generic Enigma

    I'm getting used to this place :)

    (And I made my system details a bit more, uh, detailed).... :D

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  11. tug_of_war

    tug_of_war Sassafras & Moonshine

    I've been here for a couple of years and my system detail still reads: "two pickups" - meaning "two record players".

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  12. tug_of_war

    tug_of_war Sassafras & Moonshine

    Please do not thread-crap at our Forums. In other words, don't find a "Why I Love The Beatles" thread and post that you "hate the Beatles!"

    This is the least respected rule... :whistle:
  13. Brian Lux

    Brian Lux One in the Crowd

    Placerville, CA
    This is such a great place! Thank you Steve and Gorts. I'm thrilled to have been here for over 4 years and look forward to many more.

    Cheers and Happy New Year all you good music fans!
    OptimisticGoat and G E like this.
  14. Kent Gray

    Kent Gray Resident

    This is a treasure trove of information. Thanks Steve.

    I just joined after lurking this forum for several years. I'm always on the lookout for stereo mixes of famous mono recordings (or DES when only it's available). Just a hobby in my old age.
    Shaker Steve likes this.
  15. MikeInFla

    MikeInFla Forum Resident

    Panama City, FL
    So I take it we cannot discuss the Great Pumpkin? :D

  16. newelectricmuse

    newelectricmuse ...only visiting this planet...

    Hello, and thanks for the welcome! Have been lurking for a while but have just joined...there's always something of interest to read here so worth a daily visit!
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  17. Rickchick

    Rickchick Forum Resident

    Happy New Year, Steve and family!
  18. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

    Been here around 3 years. Love the forums. Thanks as always for them Steve and all and happy new year.

    Happy New Year too to all here. Hope it's a splendid 2020 for everyone.
    Sear, OptimisticGoat and Eric_Generic like this.
  19. RebLhoj

    RebLhoj Member

    Buffalo, NY
    I'm a lurker, killer site, have been turned on to some deep cuts & music related information that I would never have known about without lurking through the forums. Thank you forum members past & present.
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  20. bmoregnr

    bmoregnr Forum Rezident

    1060 W. Addison
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  21. CraigC

    CraigC Forum Resident

    LI, NY
    Free to join, but boy will you open your wallet. I wish I was on board before so many great releases went OOP!
  22. FunkJazz

    FunkJazz Sunflower Lover

    The Netherlands
    Been lurking a long time, regularly visiting for information. But decided it was time to join properly.
    Hopefully I can share some of my modest (and quite niche) music knowledge every now and then.
  23. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

    Greater Vancouver
    Happy New Year Steve! :cheers: Wow, where did the last 19 years go?
  24. MikeInFla

    MikeInFla Forum Resident

    Panama City, FL
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  25. Tim Crowley

    Tim Crowley Forum Resident

    Lyndonville, VT
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