I was born in New York City on May 30th 1951. Upon turning three my family moved me to Greenwich Connecticut, a small suburb about thirty miles away. At age fourteen my father drove me back to New York City to buy my very first audio system. He knew a man who worked in an audio store that recommended a Rotel receiver, Wald loudspeakers and a Garrard turntable. I think I spent about $225 for the entire setup and I loved that system. My father did not know about audio equipment in fact I never even heard him listening to music, not even the car radio. Yet he did this especially for me and I never forgot that. I have two boys, one in college and the other who just graduated. I only hope I can do for them what me father did for me. He gave me the gift of music that has spanned forty years and still counting.
Throughout that time many pieces of equipment have passed through my hands, most of which I wish I had never sold. I always find it difficult to give up audio treasures as they have given me such fond memories of past musical experiences as well as marking life's passage of time and the special events in my life. I will not say that I like tubes more than solid-state or vinyl more than CD, as I find it hard not to love them all in their own way. They are like my children with each having a special spot in my heart even though they are difference. I own tube and solid-state amplifiers both old and new. Currently I have two very large floor-standing loudspeakers in my review system. One is an older pair of Klipsch Klipschorn’s, from 1989, and the other a more modern pair of Legacy Focus 20/20 loudspeakers, each weighing about 180 pounds apiece.
Priced at over $150,000 the Clearaudio Statement Turntable with integral stand is beyond my reach but not beyond my appreciation. I had the pleasure of enjoy a listening session with it and that was certainly a moment to remember. I however own an Oracle Delphi MK1 turntable with Grace 707 tonearm. I purchased this brand new from a store in San Francisco. Today my collection of records is close to 1000 vinyl discs and seems to grow monthly. I have an appreciation of a variety of musical genres. My vinyl collection includes such greats as Judy Garland, Perry Como, Philip Glass, Jimi Hendrix, Simon and Garfunkel, Willie Nelson, Pink Floyd as well as various musicals, classical arrangements and operas.
Having tried my hand at playing piano, accordion and even guitar I quickly discovered that I preferred listening to music to playing it. Between the ages of seventeen and fifty-seven I have been to many concerts, musicals, ballets and operas. Why I was at Woodstock and even the Strawberry Fields concert in Canada that followed shortly afterwards. The first time I heard a McIntosh MA 5100 integrated amplifier, back at my friend’s house in 1967, I knew I was hooked. From that day forward I have been trying to recapture that special moment when I first got what “high end” was all about.
I find it hard to remember what I did each and every summer while I was growing up, but there was one summer I will never forget. I was fourteen years old and would walk three miles to the library, Monday thru Saturday, so I could listen to their vinyl collection. This was the time just before I had purchased my first true stereo. At the library I would listen to opera, classical music and narrations of Edgar Allan Poe stories three hours a day for the entire summer vacation. When that was done I would proceed to walk another three miles to a very small indoor zoo, consisting of a monkey, two snakes, and a colorful Toucan, located inside the town’s only museum. After my visit there I would walk another three to four miles home. To me that was time well spent and it was my first exposure to truly great music. What a wonderful summer that was, a time for me to remember throughout the ages.
I now live in another small town but this one is just outside of San Francisco, not New York City. I have a good wife who has graciously given me two wonderful boys as well as put up with my audio idiosyncrasies. I graduated college with a B.A. in Psychology from S.U.N.Y College at Purchase (Purchase, New York) where I also took many film appreciation courses. I still love films and constantly watch them in my home theater setup. At one time I was a restaurant owner, with my best friend of many years, in the town of Port Chester New York. I was the bartender there and behind the bar was a Nakamichi cassette deck (pre CD days) that I had purchased. People used to love to watch this deck, as it would automatically, and rather quickly, flip the cassette around to play the other side. That was quite innovative for its day. Today and for about thirty years now I have been in sales. Currently I am a sales manager at one of the largest volume Mercedes Benz stores in Northern California. My spare time is spent with my family and my audio gear that usually takes me past the evening and into the early morning hours. Looking back I am very happy with my life, but I still am hoping to find time to pick up that guitar once again.
The Listening Environment
The Listening Environment
Home Theatre Room