I was for many years a partner at a hedge fund in Manhattan, New York. I quit that several years ago to start a consulting company, to move to Beverly Hills and to enjoy life more.
I have loved music since almost as early as I can remember. My father worked in the record business all of his life (Columbia Records, then Arista then Atlantic and WEA Music Group). He took me to many, many concerts when I was growing up.
High-end audio became my primary hobby in 1988. I was working in Manhattan, and so I enjoyed establishing relationships with Michael Kay of Lyric Hi-Fi, Andy Singer and Elliot Fishkin.
At Lyric Mike played for me the Infinity IRS V system driven by Jadis JA200s with the Goldmund Reference turntable. Listening to Reference Recordings’ Symphony Fantastique on that system was a religious experience of the audio variety! I was hooked!
I have never been an equipment swapper. I have tried to identify the pieces of equipment which I enjoy the most and purchase them, even if they are expensive, and then just take fanatically good care of them so they last a long time.
I enjoyed Luke Manley's VTL MB-750s for almost 20 years. I enjoyed Jim White's Aesthetix Io Signature phono preamp for about 16 years.
Starting initially with Magnepan MG-IIIAs I progressed through a series of Martin Logan speakers. I have had Martin Logan Prodigys for many years. I have always loved vocals on electrostatic panels.
I am in the process of renovating my listening space and my whole stereo. I am putting together the last 2 channel, analog only, audio system of my life.
Effective February 18, 2016, I am a Senior Contributing Reviewer for Mono and Stereo.
Beverly Hills, CA
- The Place To List Your Gear
Vintage Audio American Sound AS-2000
Bergmann Audio Odin
ZXY UNIverse Premium X-SB2
Air Tight Opus 1
Studer A820 Mk II
Aesthetix Io Eclipse with 2 power supplies
VTL TL-7.5 Series III
VTL Siegfried II
Gryphon Audio Designs Pendragon
JPS in-wall wire, Furutech outlets with two chemical grounds
Acoustic Sciences Corp. Tube Traps and Tower Slims
SoundSense Lumitex drapes
self-propelled, sound absorbing cocker-poo dog
My dedicated listening space is 20' wide X 25' long X 14' high. The space opens to a kitchen on the left side and opens to an equipment room on the right side. The turntable, tape machine, pre-amplifiers, record cleaner and LPs are located in the adjacent equipment room..
- The Place To List Your Reference Tracks
"The Rose" by Amanda McBroom, Growing Up in Hollywood Town (Sheffield Lab 13)
"Send in the Clowns" by Bill Henderson, Live at the Times (Jazz Planet Records/Classic Records)
"Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac, Fleetwood Mac (MFSL)
"First We Take Manhattan" and "Bird on a Wire" by Jennifer Warnes, Famous Blue Raincoat (Rock the House Records/Classic Records)*
"I've Got the Music in Me" by Thelma Houston, I've Got the Music in Me (Sheffield Lab 2)
*Yes, I know this is a digital recording.
Mono and Stereo - Senior Contributing Reviewer
turntable: American Sound AS-2000; tonearms: SME 3012R, Bergmann Audio Odin; cartridges: ZYX UNIverse Premium X-SB2, Air Tight Opus 1; tape: Studer A820 Mk II; phono stage: Aesthetix Io Eclipse; line stage: VTL TL-7.5 Series III; amplifier: VTL Siegfried Series II; loudspeaker: Gryphon Pendragon; cables: MasterBuilt Ultra; stands: Vintage Audio Nothing racks, Herzan TS-140/Taiko Tana for Io, Stacore Basic+ for amps; power: Torus AVR60BAL; room: 19' wide X 24' long X 14' tall; acoustic treatment: ASC IsoThermal Tube Traps, Lumitex drapes
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