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  1. Simon Moon

    Who Will Be Attending T.H.E. Show -Long Beach June 7-9, 2019-Let's Meet

    I'll be there Sunday for sure, and Saturday is an extreme likelihood. If I can't make it on Saturday to the show, then I will be going on Friday. I'd love to meet other WBF members!
  2. Simon Moon

    T.H.E. Show 2019

    Looks like the room count is up to 62. Not too bad.
  3. Simon Moon

    The ***Official*** Progressive Rock Thread

    Here's one that has gotten a lot of praise that came out at the end of 2018. "All Traps on Earth" from Sweden. Maybe it doesn't live up to all the hype it receives, but it sure is good nonetheless. This is no holds barred prog, No crossover, semi commercial, song oriented stuff here. Long...
  4. Simon Moon

    Los Angeles Audio Show 2019?

    So far, from what I see on the official website, only 11 rooms booked. Not too promising as far as the size goes. Hopefully I am mistaking, since local LA shows used to be around 100 rooms.
  5. Simon Moon

    100 Recommended AAA vinyl...and why this industry is stagnant

    I watched Fremer's vid, and enjoyed it. But yeah, it's the same old 'warhorses' that the vast majority of audiophiles are already aware of, with a few exceptions. As far as the industry being stagnant and focused on aging boomers, I believe this perception is somewhat biased by living in the...
  6. Simon Moon

    What are you currently listening to (Classical)?

    Penderecki - Violin concerto no. 2 "metamorphosen"
  7. Simon Moon

    ECM Thread

    Here's one that seemed to fly under everybody's radar when it came out, and still seems to be unknown, even for ECM. South African guitarist, Steve Eliovson's, "Dawn Dance", with Collin Walcott on percussion. He made this one great album, then pretty much disappeared. I guess the story goes, he...
  8. Simon Moon

    ECM Thread

    Count me as another huge fan of ECM! I love their whole esthetic. With most ECM artists, the musicians not soloing are usually playing something more interesting than just chords to back up the soloist. There is a lot more interplay between musicians, than the usual...
  9. Simon Moon

    Degritter ultrasonic record cleaner

    Is there a price listed anywhere on this thread? I did not read the entire thing, but I can't seem to find it. I looked at the link given ( for the product, but it doesn't seem to be listed there either. Thanks!
  10. Simon Moon

    The wonders of Nonesuch classical vinyl!

    I want to extol the amazing sound quality of recordings from the Nonesuch series called "Spectrum New American Music". These recordings from the late 60's and 70's, of contemporary classical music, are really quite a revelation. And considering they were originally released as budget recordings...
  11. Simon Moon

    What's Spinning Tonight?

    Terje Rypdal - Whenever I Seem to Be Far Away This 74 release nicely straddled the lines between jazz, prog (King Crimson), and modern (tonal) classical. The haunting french horn used on this makes for a dark, but beautiful listen. I may have a bit of confirmation bias here (Rypdal is from...
  12. Simon Moon

    T.H.E. Show 2019

    I disagree. The previous years of T.H.E. Show in Newport/Irvine were all highly attended. And the LAOC Audio show near LAX was also quite crowded. Many packed rooms, busy halls, crowded record and headphone vendors. And I believe, all these shows had around 100 rooms, if not more. So, despite...
  13. Simon Moon

    T.H.E. Show 2019

    Many people are unable or unwilling to get away for a long weekend, to travel to another state, In all fairness, after the death of Richard Beers, Bob Levi tried to contact and organize another T.H.E. Show with the remainder of the crew, and they did not get any sort of commitment. So, that's...
  14. Simon Moon

    T.H.E. Show 2019

    Bloody hell! This is pretty idiotic. LA, despite being such a large metropolitan area, cannot support 2 shows. Especially both in the same month. Vendors are going to lose confidence in showing here, and attendees will be the real losers.
  15. Simon Moon

    The ***Official*** Progressive Rock Thread

    Another one of my favorite subgenres is Zeuhl. This subgenre was pretty much the creation of one person, Christian Vander of Magma. He also created his own language. He was influenced by 20th century classical and John Coltrane. One of the earliest bands influenced by Magma, were French...
  16. Simon Moon

    The ***Official*** Progressive Rock Thread

    One of my favorite of the subgenres of prog, is RIO, or more accurately known as avant-prog. Progarchives description, I feel is quite accurate: "Avant-prog is generally considered to be more extreme and 'difficult' than other forms of progressive rock, though these terms are naturally...
  17. Simon Moon

    The ***Official*** Progressive Rock Thread

    I am quite familiar with Progarchives and their descriptions. I did not read any of the original posts yet, or I would have recognized the descriptions. Thank you!
  18. Simon Moon

    The ***Official*** Progressive Rock Thread

    I've never seen this thread before! I will have to read the intro posts by Ron Party this weekend. I have been listening to, and collecting prog since 1973 or thereabouts. I am a fan of most sub-genres, and all eras. My main interests are: Zeuhl, avant-prog (RIO), symph, fusion...
  19. Simon Moon

    CES 2019: Something seems wrong in the world of high end audio

    The slow death of CES isn't a sign that there is a problem with high end, it is a sign that there is a problem with CES. Axpona, RMAF, T.H.E. Show in Newport, High End Munich have no problems finding plenty of vendors and attendees. Most product introductions these days, occur at RMAF, Axpona...
  20. Simon Moon

    Tweaks : A sensible investment or a waste of money?

    Room treatment is NOT a tweak! It is as important, if not more so, than any other piece of equipment. It is much more important to the sound of the overall system than cables, for example.
  21. Simon Moon

    T.H.E. Show 2019

    Yep! It seems like a good choice. I was there once several years ago. Great thing about that location, I'll be able to take the Metro! Won't have to deal with traffic or parking.
  22. Simon Moon

    T.H.E. Show 2019

    So... It looks like, after last years debacle of the LA Audio Show and the very disappointing T.H.E. Show (less than 30 rooms, only a couple of LP/CD vendors), there will be another attempt at T.H.E. Show this year. T.H.E. Show 2019 I wish the people organizing T.H.E. Show this year, all the...
  23. Simon Moon

    Have you discovered any musician or composer this year?

    So, I'm trying to figure out the deal with the OP for this thread. He joined on 12/20, and so far, has posted 4 times on different threads. And all 4 posts are links to this "Christmas on the Moon" video by Nico Cartosio. And he has yet to reply to any comment on his threads. Seems like a...
  24. Simon Moon

    Have you discovered any musician or composer this year?

    Since the vast majority of my classical music listening is from, say, post WWII to the contemporary era, I am constantly discovering new composers. Erkki-Sven Tüür from Estonia is a recent discovery for me. I am loving his Violin concerto, "Zeitraum for orchestra", "Aditus (for orchestra)"...
  25. Simon Moon

    How did you fall in love with Classical Music?

    I will also explain my musical progression, which has a couple of similarities, and differences to Bonzo75. I quickly grew tired of pop music when I was pretty young, and soon discovered Deep Purple, Zep, Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep, Ten Years After, and other 'heavy' rock bands of the 70's. As...
  26. Simon Moon

    Favorite jazz albums 2018

    Another candidate for best of 2018, is the new release by trumpet player, Jonathan Finlayson, "3 Times Round". This is a beast! The playing by all members is really jaw dropping. The compositions are creative and complex. Sample here - 3 Times Round
  27. Simon Moon


    I wish I could have gone to this event, but I was out of town. I used to live quite close to Audio Element, but now I am a distance further west. Great shop and staff. I might have to head over there soon for a visit.
  28. Simon Moon

    What are you currently listening to (Classical)?

    Magnus Lindberg, "Concerto for Orchestra". Quickly moving up as one of my favorite contemporary composers. [youtube]
  29. Simon Moon

    Good, fresh, modern classical?

    I am very interested in hearing the piece you are referring to? Any updates on whether you consider it a masterpiece?
  30. Simon Moon

    Can one get Reference-Level Sound in a non-dedicated room?

    I don't think so. There are quite a few parameters that are obtainable at reference level, that can be achieved without being in a dedicated (treated room). Although, some reasonable level of care needs to go into the room. Reference level can not be obtained in a square room, or a room with...

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