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Dr. Michael R. Bump
Percussive Arts Society Board of Directors
Professor / Director, Percussion Studies
Truman State University's Department of Music



  Like you, I'm a consistent fan of Enjoy the Music.com, referencing the reviews/information many times over the years.

I'm also a career professional musician, thus my attraction and addiction to fine audio pieces and synthesis is a result of seeking the right sound in rehearsal and performance. I transfer much of this real-time awareness to my assessment of sound reproduction and those pieces which come closest to an organic, holographic presence of the recorded source. I'm no engineer, have minimal language in these fields, but speak fluent music. I've heard $800,000 systems that can get you there. Have also heard systems for a tiny fraction of this that can come pretty close. As you may agree, its all about synergy.

The audiophile hobby has been truly enjoyable through the years. I've been engaged since my teenage years in the 1970's with a humble Sherwood, Garrard, Teac, and Advent system. My wife (who is also a professional musician and professor of music) and I have crafted a home audio system that serves both downtime as well as critical listening of recording projects, reference study, etc.



Professional Career
For 38 years, I've served as Professor of Music / Director of Percussion Studies at various universities -- from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), Ohio State University, to Truman State University in Missouri. I've also been performing with professional orchestras as timpanist / percussionist for over 40 years, including national summer music festivals and numerous recordings. As an avid steel pan performer/arranger, I have been to Trinidad and Tobago, performing at the Panorama Competition during Carnival.



I am also an artist / endorser / guest clinician / solo artist for Pearl Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Innovative Percussion, and Evans Drumheads, and a published composer of several works for concert percussion. I also have a long-standing association with the Percussive Arts Society -- an international organization of over 10,000 members -- for which I currently serve on the Board of Advisors.



In short, I'm a percussionist and drummer... and an audiophile. A deadly combination!



Reference System
Preamp: VAC Signature MKII SE (w/phono stage)
Amplifier: VAC Statement 450S iQ 
Digital Source: Esoteric K-03
Analog Source: Kronos Sparta / Kronoscope RS arm (w/Dynavector XV-1s cart)
Speakers: Von Schweikert Audio Endeavor Special Edition
Subwoofer: Velodyne DD10+
Cables: Silversmith Fidelium loudspeaker cables
            JPS Aluminata power cords and interconnects
            WyWires Platinum (phono)
Power Conditioning: Audience adeptResponse aR6-T4
                              Audience frontRow power cord
Tweaks: Critical Mass Systems CenterStage 2M footers
             Butcher Block Acoustics, Isolation Platform,
             Furutech NCF Cable Boosters, and Nitty Gritty 2.5Fi LP Cleaner


Listening Space
Dedicated room that is 15' x 19' with 12' high ceiling. Fully carpeted. Speakers off the long wall, 42" / 8' spread. Centered listening point 11' at mid-range level. Have occasionally adjusted to nearfield listening at 5' just for fun. No professional acoustic treatments (as-yet).


















































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