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    My favorite Lp of 2017. Amazing!

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    Also got it based on Mike’s posting, love the vinyl.


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    Re: Gillian Welch

    if you like the harrow and the harvest, try revival... perhaps the best from her catalogue :

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    Re: Gillian Welch

    went back in for a fresh listen of the harrow and the harvest -- that is one well recorded LP, perhaps the best i have heard.

    saw gillian welch perform at the newport folk festival back in 2011. been a huge fan ever since and really like her entire catalogue -- just fantastic and dave rawlings vocals and (of course) guitar are a perfect compliment to her own.

    from NFF: gillian welch and dave rawlings came out to play with the decemberists for their encore:

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    Gillian Welch with John Paul Jones


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    I love her music. Only wish she would release more albums.

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    Up here on the Front Range of Colorado, the greater Boulder area, there is almost a cult-like worship of Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. You can keep your asexual glam male singers, teeny bopper female singers with no range, and auto-tuned hip hop artists, apparently we like 'em really plaintive, traditional, acoustic and musical above 5500 feet.
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    Love the song “Time the Revelator.” Sounds great with an EL84amp driving Quads!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RDSChicago View Post
    Love the song “Time the Revelator.” Sounds great with an EL84amp driving Quads!
    which el84-based amp are you using?
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    A friend who is running the VAC/Von Schweikert room at AXPONA this year from Audio Company in Atlanta built this interesting and powerful EL84 amp. I picked it up yesterday. Here are the details. Sounds great!

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    This is a pretty special amp- it's parallel-push-pull, with dual output transformers per channel. Each pair of output tubes drives an output transformer- and the output of two transformers is paralleled to drive the speaker on each channel.



    This amp is equipped with 12AU7 type (5814 triple-mica) tubes for preamp, driver and phase inverter, and pairs of EL84s (one pair per output transformer) for output. Hence the "Dual Quad" moniker- there's four EL84s for each channel (in a square layout). It also has separate phase inverter triode stages for each pair of output tubes (there's a total of four phase inverters- two per channel), fixed bias (with separate bias adjustment controls and easy-access test points for each tube, inside the chassis) and about 12dB feedback.



    The amp uses the very high bandwidth Leslie 100-12 output transformers- which are designed as 9K to 16 ohms. Parallel two per channel, and that becomes an EIGHT ohm output system (two 16 ohm output transformers paralleled equals 8 ohms output matching, just like paralleling two 16 ohm speakers gives 8 ohms). It's further optimized, in terms of tube operating point, for about a 6 ohm speaker load- so that it performs outstandingly at both 4 and 8 ohms without needing multiple output tap/terminals. Into anything between 4 and 8 ohms, it makes a minimum of at least 25w/ch from 20-20000Hz- and effectively, significantly more, under most operating conditions. The unique thing about this amplifier, with these transformers, is that it will do 20Hz at FULL POWER... which makes for excellent bass reach and control.



    The amp has a toroidal power transformer, high-speed rectifier diodes, a low-impedance choke, and large power supply caps- the benefit is a very clean and EXTREMELY RIGID power supply- even without the complication of active regulation. Power supply voltage only drops 1% from zero volume to hard clipping output level on both channels driven simultaneously! This is one of the major reasons for both it's great 4 ohm performance, and it's great bass response.



    It's also got a volume control and four-source selector (it is a full function integrated amp, with four line inputs). It's "medium" gain- you do need to crank the volume control to close to max to get it to clip on a standard line source- but it does make it to full volume, fine. IMHO, that's a lot better than one that maxes out before you get to 10:00 on the volume control!



    The great thing about this- is that if you are a person who loves the sound of EL84s, but needs more power- this is one really good way to do it. Great balance, incredible image depth, and bass response that is flat out outstanding...

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    This is her best.

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    Re: Gillian Welch

    new title coming out next week... Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs, Vol. 2

    two songs from the release are out now. available on qobuz and i assume other places as well. also, in case you missed it Vol. 1 was released in july.

    great stuff !!
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    Re: Gillian Welch

    Awesome news, thank you.
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    Re: Gillian Welch

    "Volume 1 was released on July 31, and Pitchfork says “this archival trove cements the singer-songwriter and her steadfast partner, David Rawlings, as modern masters of American folk.” Volume 3 will follow in the coming months."

    https://glidemagazine.com/248242/gil...ongs-vol-2-lp/

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    I remember sending out a Quarter Notes newsletter in 2018, which had that album in it. I ended up with a couple of the tracks on my RoomPlay Reference playlist. I need to get the latest one.
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    Really great stuff. I loved volume 1.


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    Re: Gillian Welch

    acony records, the record label founded by gillian welch in 2001, certainly has the secret sauce.

    the recording quality + mastering is more than a few notches above anything else in my library -- including three blind mice recordings. of course, the fact that david rawlings is the producer on all the acony releases certainly has something to with this.

    the sticker on their LPs state: mastered direct from the original tapes through custom ortofon amplifiers to a neumann VMS-80 cutting system. plated and pressed at quality record pressings. i would love to know more of the details but, in any event, they have certainly mastered the process and medium.
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    interesting note: welch and rawlings are also the owners of the fabled woodland studios in nashville. it is described as their personal workspace. it was heavily damage in the tornado storm that hit nashville this past march. fortunately all their master tapes were able to be saved!!!

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    I'm a fan
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    Re: Gillian Welch

    Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs - Vinyl LP Boxset - PREORDER just announced.

    get one before they're gone ...you snooze, you lose!!

    Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs - Vinyl LP Boxset - PREORDER – Acony Records Online Store
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moby View Post
    Up here on the Front Range of Colorado, the greater Boulder area, there is almost a cult-like worship of Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. You can keep your asexual glam male singers, teeny bopper female singers with no range, and auto-tuned hip hop artists, apparently we like 'em really plaintive, traditional, acoustic and musical above 5500 feet.
    Colorado here I come!
    Except I actually find their music sophisticated. The beauty is in the details.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mas View Post
    Colorado here I come!
    Except I actually find their music sophisticated. The beauty is in the details.
    +2 Gillian for President!

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    boots no.2: the lost songs, vol 3

    just released ...brilliant, 'nuff said

    the 3 LP box set arrives next month -- i had better get that analog source nailed down and in the house
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    Quote Originally Posted by aKnyght View Post
    boots no.2: the lost songs, vol 3

    just released ...brilliant, 'nuff said

    the 3 LP box set arrives next month -- i had better get that analog source nailed down and in the house
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    Quote Originally Posted by aKnyght View Post
    Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs - Vinyl LP Boxset - PREORDER just announced.

    get one before they're gone ...you snooze, you lose!!

    Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs - Vinyl LP Boxset - PREORDER – Acony Records Online Store
    good catch, I just got my vinyl pre-order in tonight. I finished listening to the MP3 download and I'm glad I pulled the trigger.
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    Re: Gillian Welch

    Was listening to v 2 tonight. Just amazing.


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    I'm usually not into bluegrass/country much but Gillian Welch is a very pleasant listen. On The Harrow and The Harvest album, the simplicity of the acoustic guitar accompaniment of her musical partner goes a long way to showcase her/their voices without them getting lost and drowned out by a more complex arrangement. I have not listened to any others yet.
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    I just became aware of her, and scoring some vinyl if it truly is recorded and mastered from analog


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    Quote Originally Posted by UltraFast69 View Post
    I just became aware of her, and scoring some vinyl if it truly is recorded and mastered from analog


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    I have “The Harrow & The Harvest” on vinyl, and it’s wonderful.


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    Re: Gillian Welch

    For those who are using digital downloads/CD, if some of the songs doesn't pierce your ear then your digital is done really well. The "The Harrow & The Harvest" is one such album to test your digital front-end. I had some harshness in the midrange area when I started with digital and over the years as I improved the digital side slowly, the harshness has faded away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UltraFast69 View Post
    I just became aware of her, and scoring some vinyl if it truly is recorded and mastered from analog
    in addition to being great artists, gillian welch and dave rawlings own the fabled woodland studio in nashville as well as their own record label, acony records. pretty sure their recording chain is 100% analog, including tape capture.

    Gillian Welch, David Rawlings on Nearly Losing Their Life's Work - Rolling Stone

    i have their entire LP catalog. each LP states: [album name] was mastered direct from the original tapes through custom Ortofon amplifiers to a Neumann VMS-80 cutting system and plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings

    enjoy with confidence
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    Quote Originally Posted by aKnyght View Post
    in addition to being great artists, gillian welch and dave rawlings own the fabled woodland studio in nashville as well as their own record label, acony records. pretty sure their recording chain is 100% analog, including tape capture.

    Gillian Welch, David Rawlings on Nearly Losing Their Life's Work - Rolling Stone

    i have their entire LP catalog. each LP states: [album name] was mastered direct from the original tapes through custom Ortofon amplifiers to a Neumann VMS-80 cutting system and plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings

    enjoy with confidence
    That confirms my interpretation as well.

    Good to see she has built a site, selling music and merchandise.

    I scored this The Harrow & The Harvest and Soul Journey on 150 gram vinyl and see the new box set is coming out which I’ll order as well.


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    Very interesting article. Thanks for posting!

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    email, notice received just now from Acony;

    You are receiving this email because you preordered
    Gillian Welch & David Rawlings' Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs boxset on vinyl LP. We wanted to update you on the current status of your order.

    We sincerely apologize for the continued delay in getting the boxsets completed and shipped. We strive to deliver the best sounding and highest quality vinyl products possible, and through a perfect storm of mastering complications for the vinyl package, shipping delays due to the current pandemic and production setbacks in record pressing that are plaguing the entire industry, we are sad to say you will have to wait a little bit longer.

    We are just as disappointed as you to not have these boxsets in your hands by now, and Acony is working as hard as our tiny little record label can work to get them to you as soon as possible. Our expected ship date is now March. If that significantly changes down the road, we’ll be sure to update you again.
    i ordered and paid for it in September (2020).

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    Ditto - same here.
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    I did the same. I received the same reply. I am still waiting.
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    Got mine. At first I thought I had received the wrong thing. They send the three discs in the same box as LPs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big B View Post
    Got mine. At first I thought I had received the wrong thing. They send the three discs in the same box as LPs
    i assume you are referring to receiving the CD set, not the LP which was the subject of the email notice?

    i do not see a turntable listed in your system list.

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    Correct
    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lavigne View Post
    i assume you are referring to receiving the CD set, not the LP which was the subject of the email notice?

    i do not see a turntable listed in your system list.
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    just got a shipping notice from acony records that the boots #2 LP box is now on its way -- should arrive friday.
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    These are all AAA recordings.

    Good God don’t buy them on CD. Buy a turntable!

    Anyone who’s compared All The Good Times Are Past & Gone on vinyl (quite rare now) and CD, knows the CD blows. They must use one heck of a shitty A2D converter. I played the CD first and thought “this album sounds like shit”. Then I played the vinyl and holy Mother of God....what a difference.

    I’m imaging the box set will be the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    These are all AAA recordings.

    Good God don’t buy them on CD. Buy a turntable!

    Anyone who’s compared All The Good Times Are Past & Gone on vinyl (quite rare now) and CD, knows the CD blows. They must use one heck of a shitty A2D converter. I played the CD first and thought “this album sounds like shit”. Then I played the vinyl and holy Mother of God....what a difference.

    I’m imaging the box set will be the same.
    lmao!! i bought the LPs in just in the anticipation of adding analog -- i have their entire LP catalog, along with ~30 other titles. all are still sealed and sitting on the shelf waiting patiently.

    how messed up is that?

    actually, i am working my way through some system changes which should easily facilitate the addition of an analog sidecar while keeping the box count low. so, maybe i am playing my LPs by year end. for some reason my system just seems to evolve at a glacial speed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aKnyght View Post
    lmao!! i bought the LPs in just in the anticipation of adding analog -- i have their entire LP catalog, along with ~30 other titles. all are still sealed and sitting on the shelf waiting patiently.

    how messed up is that?

    actually, i am working my way through new amplification which should easily facilitate the addition of an analog sidecar while keeping the box count low. so, maybe i am playing my LPs by year end -- my system always seems to evolve at a glacial speed.
    Not messed up at all. I watched a video the other day of a guy that bought a TT and started buying MOFI One Steps and UHQR, MMJ, Classic Records and other stuff for about 10 years. He figured he had spent $20k as he tracked all his purchases in Discogs. He then got a job requiring him to move and travel a lot, so he sold the collection to one guy for $40k.

    But I don’t buy to sell. I have the entire MMJ numbered collection (about 175 records) and their SRX collection. That’s worth a few pennies. I have many records worth in the thousands, some are Beatles first UK pressings (mint) others are just shit I bought like that Gillian Welch which goes for around $350 now? I think I paid $30 for it last year! Supply and demand I guess. I have other super rare pressings like the first Japanese pressing of DSOTM. But again, I bought this stuff in the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, etc. Heck, I remember buying the first MOFI One Step (Santana Abraxxas) for $100 and bitched and moaned like you can’t believe. It’s now selling for nearly $3000. But why would I sell it? I listen to it and love the album.

    Once you get you’re table, you’ll crack those babies open and refer back to this thread. Your listening habits will totally change - just wait and see.


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    thanks for the post and encouragement! definitely need to work faster on this project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aKnyght View Post
    thanks for the post and encouragement! definitely need to work faster on this project.
    You do!

    I’m sitting here waiting for my 11am customer to arrive and I’m playing my Classic Records Test Pressing of Satchmo Plays King Oliver. 1959 recording. Just phenomenal.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    I’m sitting here waiting for my 11am customer to arrive and I’m playing my Classic Records Test Pressing of Satchmo Plays King Oliver. 1959 recording. Just phenomenal.
    Amazing recording that seems to bring Satchmo back to life! Jeff Joseph (of Joseph Audio) used to demo a 45RPM pressing of "St. James Infirmary" at shows to stunned attendees!

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    Quote Originally Posted by audio.bill View Post
    Amazing recording that seems to bring Satchmo back to life! Jeff Joseph (of Joseph Audio) used to demo a 45RPM pressing of "St. James Infirmary" at shows to stunned attendees!
    I have that one too. It’s just one side. This test pressing is great because it’s the whole album and Classic Records to boot.


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    My copy is supposed to arrive today AND I am setting up my new turntable. I’m hopeful the first LP played will be this one.


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