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Sugden Masterclass IA4 integrated amp

After many months, the shop has a new favorite! The IA4 is 33 watts of pure Class A pleasure! Balanced input and on board MM phono will have you in pure bliss mode. Give me a call for a demonstration!!

Lone Star Audio Fest! April 30- May 1st


Whetstone Audio will be at the 2016 Lone Star Audio Fest. I'll be playing a full THÖRESS system with a Well Tempered / Dynavector turntable as source.  The show will be at the Embassy Suites at Dallas Park Center.  See you there!





Congratulations Rega!!

The Queen now know's what I've known as a dealer for the past 20 years!
Rega Research Ltd receives the 2015 Queen's Award for Enterprise. 21st April 2015.

We are celebrating being named as winners of a Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade. The UK's highest accolade for business success.

This was in recognition of our overseas sales growth over the last three years and the unique way we select and work with our export partners around the world. Rega has always prided itself on developing special relationships with whoever we work with, be it supplier or distributor. Our drive to understand their business model and to ensure they understand ours, guarantees a long term and successful relationship which often spans many decades.

We now employ more than one hundred people and supply our products to over forty different countries worldwide with notable sales in the Far East and the recent introduction of a second ‘Rega only’ store in the Philippines demonstrating the global appeal of the Rega brand. Europe accounts for the largest share of overseas sales in 2014 closely followed by North America. We use our intimate knowledge of each market and utilise this for strategic sales development, with new markets now including Chile, Romania and Peru.

The Rega brand is synonymous around the world with turntables however, our strength lies in the sheer depth of products we produce ranging from hand built moving coil cartridges through to loudspeakers, cables, amplifiers, DAC's and CD players to name but a few. Rega is one of the very few brands where you can complete the system from front to back with everything we design hand assembled in our custom built facility in the South East of England. So confident are we in our designs that we offer a lifetime warranty against manufacture defects on our entire range.

We began trading in 1973 and design and manufacture domestic high fidelity sound systems. Our significant investment in R&D, attributes in part to our success but our strong philosophy of high quality and exceptional value throughout the range combine with our ‘special relationships’ to make a winning formula.

The Smiths & Friends at Modern Rocks Gallery!

Recreation of Smiths Salford Lads Club Photo with lookalikes

The other day my phone rang and the voice on the other end was Stephen Wright who took the famous image of The Smiths for The Queen Is Dead. Stephen was looking for the "local Naim dealer" hoping I could supply some tunes for the opening of his show at Modern Rocks Gallery.

Modern Rocks Gallery, who are celebrating their first anniversary, are the only gallery in the US to stock not only the iconic cover shot, but outtakes from that shoot, including a previously unreleased color image. They also have some early live shots of Morrissey and The Smiths, as well as some of Stephen's other work including live shots of New Order, Madonna, Miles Davis, Prince, John Lydon and Bono of U2.

The Smiths and Friends will be on display from April 18th until May 23rd.

I'll be playing hits from the 80's on a vintage "Naim Kit" and Neat Motive SX2 speakers at the opening reception on Saturday, April 18th (Record Store Day) from 7pm to 10pm.

Modern Rocks Gallery 916 Springdale Road, Unit 103. Austin, Texas 78702


The Auditorium 23 Hommage T1 step up is taking my breath away! I have the EMT TSD15 cartridge running along with the Leben RS30EQ and CS-600 integrated amp to the DeVore 0/96. WOW! The coolest part is that Germany, Japan and the USA are making beautiful music together!



Coming any day now!!! The long wait is coming to an end! I have no doubt that it will have been worth it! The 300B monos were just reviewed by Art Dudley in Stereophile and were awarded Class A in recommended components. The 845 monos are more powerful! Stay Tuned for a THÖPEN HÖUSE!!

I will have German Brats and Beer on hand!!

Line Magnetic 518ia integrated amp


ON THE FLOOR! Line Magnetic's 518ia single ended 845 based integrated. If you've been to the shop you've probably heard it's little brother, the 218ia. Similar, but the 518ia is a bit more "souped up". I find it impossible to elaborate about how something sounds into words, so I let reviewers do it and then COPY & PASTE. Come in and hear it for yourself!

Heed Obelisk da

Bob Clarke, of Profundo Imports, stopped by today to personally drop off a Heed da DAC. Heed are an excellent hi-fi company out of Budapest Hungary.

At the da's heart lies the new the Dactil 2.1 DAC card, based on a Wolfson D/A chip and a new Cirrus receiver, and capable of 24bit/192 kHz high resolution signal processing. A deceptively simple module with excellent musical qualities, the Dactil 2.1 manages to scale new heights in the employ of the Obelisk DA's 'no compromise' approach, featuring entirely independent supply rails for its analogue and digital sections.

The Obelisk da accommodates 5 digital inputs: two S/PDIF (one RCA, one BNC), two TOSLINK and one USB. Two outputs are available, one with 1.25V output voltage as direct connection from the converter, while the other one is boosted to 2.5V by a dedicated preamp section similar to the analogue circuit of the PRE, making it an ideal source for fans of passive pre-amps.

Here's a Review

The Young Mothers

Bassist Ingebrigt Häker Flaten recently dropped off a test pressing of "A Mother's Work Is Never Done" by his band, The Young Mothers. Here's a concert from a couple years ago. I think they've started a new genre of music! These guys will blow your mind wide open! You can buy it HERE. I'll have it on vinyl at the shop as soon as the wax dries.



The shop is going to be looking spiffy! Anthony Abbate's Box racks are made next door to DeVore Fidelity in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. In fact, Box makes DeVore's speaker cabinets! A very nice pairing indeed! I just ordered three of these sweet racks! Here's a REVIEW.

What’s this sweet deal? SOLD!!

I have a pair of DeVore Nines in figured walnut. A few years old and in perfect shape! Client has upgraded to Orangutan 0/96!! These need a good home. $3750. No boxes. Local pick up preferred.

nines with cover


Now on the floor are the incredible Moving Iron cartridges from New York's Soundsmith! Moving Iron are compatible with Moving Magnet phono preamps. So you get the gain of a MM with the finesse of a MC. Try it, you'll like it! The Otello, Carmen and Zephyr mk2 are on display.


The $189 iFi Nano iDSD portable DAC / headphone amp!!


As I mentioned below, I'm getting in the new "iFi" range of personal hi-fi products. One really cool product and a HUGE fix is the nano iDSD. What is it you ask?

The iFi nano iDSD is full of 'firsts.' It is the world's smallest, portable (only 163g), battery-powered, serious Burr Brown DAC that plays ALL high-resolution formats: PCM/DSD/DXD natively.

With the latest breakthrough True Native® technology from Abbington Music Research, the music format remains unchanged throughout. PCM (32bit/384kHz), DSD (6.2MHz) and DXD (384kHz) via Computer or iPhone/iPad/Android simply sounds stunning; opening up a whole new world of high-end audio quality to a whole new generation of users.

In a palm-sized chassis with an onboard lithium-polymer battery and headphone output, the iDSD is as extraordinary ‘on the go’ as it is in a ‘high-end system’. It handles Computers/Smartphones with aplomb. It even features an SPDIF coax digital output for A/V receivers or similar to offer unrivalled flexibility.

Check out the iFi site here!

I’m back from the frozen tundra!


Montreal was a blast. A cold blast! Texans aren't used to frigid temps and slush. I stupidly left my Sorels home not knowing a blizzard was due to hit. We had an excellent time though. The secret is staying underground, i.e.. take the Metro as much as possible. Naturally the first day we walked miles and miles until it dawned on us that there were easier methods.

The Hi-Fi show was an eye opener and I'm glad I went. It seemed many of the people who were on the list weren't there. What I did see just solidified that I was doing everything, for the most part, right. As usual, there were tons of mediocre $100,000 systems that many of my $5-10K systems completely shred. I met with Claude who owns the shop Son Idéal in Montreal who has been in business for 40 years! What was he auditioning? A Rega RP10 and Harbeth 40.1!

I saw and heard the big Naim Statement / Focal system and was quite impressed, as one should be for a $300K plus system! I wish the presentation was in English, but I got the gist of it. Cost no object, HUGE sound, possibly a substitute for Viagra. I don't know, I don't speak French!

Eli and Ofra Gershman of Toronto's Gershman Acoustics had some of the best speakers I heard at the show. The Avant Garde R-1 speakers ($8K) were something very special. I wish they had the $3K Idols set up...

The one thing that really did stick in my sights was the Tri-Art Audio room. Tri-Art are a Canadian company. I usually poo-poo Class D electronics but these guys seem to be onto something. The chassis are made of Bamboo and are stuffed with wool to help break down vibration. Also, they had an all bamboo turntable that sounded quite good. I'm going to be keeping an eye on this line. They are relatively new to the scene but I like what I heard. A lot!

Also in the Tri-Art room were a new company that are a subsidiary of Abbington Music Research called ifi audio. They make affordable and portable DACs, Phono pre's and Headphone amps. Look for them on the floor soon!



IMG_2327The first release on Jim Eno's Public Hi-Fi Records has landed! Dupree's Nuestro Camino comes out today! Go see them at Antone's Record Shop at 2pm for some Mike Flanigin Hammond B3 wickedness and BEERS! They brought the acetate to the shop a few months ago and it was smokin'! Played live, direct to two track tape. No overdubs! I have some. I know Breakaway has some too.. Get 'em before they're gone! Colored vinyl and download card. $20

Dr. Ike!

We just got back from beautiful NOLA! The highlight of the trip was a visit to Dr. Ike's home. The good Doctor puts on the infamous Ponderosa Stomp Festival. He played some extremely rare 78's for us (on a Rega P-78). It was great hearing one of only five known copies of a record. There is some serious history in those dusty grooves! I have now acquired a 78 fetish...



Dieter's Dance Party! The similarities are uncanny! In all seriousness, I would've dug seeing Kraftwerk at MoMa last week. Electronic music owes a great deal to them. I was never a huge fan but I think they were important.

DeVore Delights! Gibbon 88 coming soon!

This past week I've had many people inquiring about DeVore Fidelity speakers. I normally have a few offerings on the floor but am in the process of getting rid of the old and gearing up for the new. Lots of interesting newbies coming from DeVore in the next few months. I'll have the Gibbon 88 soon and am also waiting for the new Gibbon X. Both were unveiled at CES a few months ago. All DeVore cabinets will now be built with bamboo.

Got an olde arse Rega?

Is your Rega turntable a bit long in the tooth? Does it have the old rubber band motor mount? Do you hear it knocking upon start up? Then the new Rega 24V High Performance Upgrade Kit should be on your short list. Fits all Rega turntables, past & present. You will also be able to add the TTPSU (turntable power supply) for further "badarseness". Upgrade Kit $225. TTPSU $395. (Heck, while you're at it you may as well get a new hub bearing and inner platter $65.) That should fix you up for the next 25 years!

Big Star

I have a sealed Big Star #1 Record that I'm going to crack on my 50th birthday. I can't wait!!

Rega RP6… The wait is (kinda) over!

My backordered Rega RP6 turntables will arrive tomorrow!! I want to thank all of you for your patience! The RP6 is going to be extremely popular. If you want a RP6, order one ASAP to get in line. The longer you wait, the longer it will be until you have one spinning your beloved records. Check out the first US review from TONE AUDIO.

The White Horse

You gotta love a bar that has live Country, Bluegrass, Roots and Red Dirt music every single night. Better yet, one that you can walk to and stumble home from. That is The White Horse, my new favorite bar. Last night I met my friend Justin there and witnessed Mike & the Moonpies. There were 9 people on stage playing. Cosmic Cowboys are alive and well here in Austin. Many drinks of the barley and bourbon variety were consumed. Some guy had a medium sized black dog slung around his neck, I think I ended up dancing with it...

AV Options is now Naim’s service center for the USA!

For those needing an introduction, Chris West first joined the staff at Naim Audio when they numbered just 15 people. Since then Chris has gained 27 years of continuous Naim work experience, including four years supervising the Naim UK Test & Service Department, and ten years as Technical & Service Manager for previous US distributor Naim Audio North America, Inc. (NANA). Chris has a very fully equipped Naim servicing facility in the Chicago suburb of Skokie IL.

Some of my own gear is in the pic! I can't wait to get it all back! I'll have a 42/110 for sale...

Zu + Music = FUN!


Finally got the Zu Omen & Omen Def in today. Somewhat unscathed! These are BIG speakers. Big physically and huge in sound! They match up great with everything I've thrown at them. They're super easy to set up and drive seeing they're 98db! The Mission speaker cables and interconnects are on the way as is a replacement driver for the Defs. One driver must've been damaged in transit.. but the boxes are fine. whew.. Zu already have a matched pair on the way. Great customer service in case you were wondering.

The first thing I put on the Omens was Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery's The Dynamic Duo. Powered up the Leben CS600 integrated and Rega P9. WOW! A huge sound with full frequency range. Bass that you can feel in your sternum. These things scream house party! They can also play softly without losing that punch. Come hear 'em! They're really FUN!

Tri, Tri again…

Running a Hi-Fi shop is trickier than you might think. There's a lot of crap out there so it's my responsibility to find the best gear at reasonable prices. I'd love to stock $20,000 CD players...if they sold. My product lines are about value, sound quality and serviceability. Sometimes I fuck up. The product may be great, but the distribution may suck or there ends up being zero support if it breaks. If I'm not excited about it, I won't demo it. I only carry lines that I would actually have in my own home. Tubes? Even harder! Most affordable tube gear is "Chi-Fi". I tried, but at the end of the day I'm just not sold. The majority are cheaply made fire hazards that support a suicidal, slave labor force. Folks, I gotta sleep at night!

So, I just dumped the Chi-Fi behemoth and picked up a excellent and affordable line called Triode (or Tri for short). They have a great line of amps that will play nicely with the speakers I carry. They are point to point hand wired in Japan by the designer himself. I'm getting in the 45 watt TRV-35se EL34 push pull integrated amp (pictured at $2000) and the TRX-PM84 ($2600) a 15 watt integrated with headphone, MM phono, and DAC! The 300B amps look sweet. Stay Tuned!


Employee Of The Month!

My new employee is working out great! He can get into tight spaces and doesn't talk much. He practically works for free! I smuggled him in from Salisbury where he used to work for Naim.

New Rega Brio-R integrated!!!


Rega UK has just introduced a revised Brio. I've been selling various incarnations of the Brio for many years. I've always said it was the "best deal in Hi-Fi amps". Now it's even better! The Brio-R will have a remote control and is in a space saving, half box chassis matching the new DAC ($995). There have been numerous upgrades as well. I've put my order in and should have one sometime in May. The new Brio-R will be around $895. Pair it with the RS-1 ($695) or RS-3 ($1195) speakers and a RP-1 turntable ($445) and you have a killer Rega system for just a bit over $2,000! Synergy is the simplest way to audio ecstasy! Now taking orders!

On the floor…


I just had the Head-Fi meet yesterday and met Brad Avenson. Brad designs lots of cool gear. most of it Pro Studio stuff like mics and mixing desks. He brought by his headphone amp and I was pretty amazed. Designed and built right here in Austin! He was quite kind to leave one, so come hear it!

Record Store Day 4/16/11!


Record Store Day this Saturday! Personally, I think every day is Record Store Day but it's a great excuse to come buy some records and the electronics to play them on. I will be participating in the "record store crawl". Bring in a receipt from another participating shop and get 8.25% off anything in the store! This is a great time to pick up that new turntable or speakers!
Vinyl District Austin
destijl records
Ingebrigt Flaten
Fabrication d'une lampe triode
steve buscemeyes
The Ape House
Music Mask hmmm, just close your eyes!
Alzheimers & Music
Jam Magica

i dosing?

I just heard about "digital drugs" or I Dosing. After reading about the hype on the internet, I'm pretty amused. It's really nothing new. Biofeedback and music therapy have been around for many years. Yes, music does alter your brain. Why do we listen to music? It's entertaining and enjoyable. Music is extremely powerful. Look around you. Does hip hop alter your brain to wear your pants at your ankles? Does heavy metal force you to bang your head? Does Reggae make you not want to comb your hair? Of course not, but there is a big scare that kids will become addicted to these brain altering music tracks. I listened to one and frankly it sounds like new age music which explains a lot. So, I urge you not to let your children listen to Yanni because he is a gateway drug.

Zu… coming soon to Whetstone Audio!

That's right kids! Whetstone Audio will be one of a few brick and mortar dealers representing the Zu Audio family of speakers, cables and cartridges. I will be getting in the Omen ($1500) and Omen Def ($3100) very soon and will be fattening up the offerings with the Essence, Soul Superfly, cables and cartridges in the months to come. This is a very exciting partnership and one that I have wanted for quite sometime. Zu are an extremely forward thinking company run by music lovers. I'm really stoked to represent and help support a quality "Made in the USA" (a rarity these days!) company that is such a great value. I'll let you know as soon as they're on the floor! Should be a week or so.

Naim 2.0 Apps and new US Distributor!

No, this is no April Fools joke! Naim has updated the N-Serve and N-Stream apps and they are now FREE!! I just downloaded them and they are a big improvement.

Naim has grown a lot in the last year with the introduction of the Uniti line of components. Because of this growth Naim will now be distributed through Sound Organisation. You may notice that I do a lot of business with Steve Daniels who is easily one of the best Hi-Fi distributors in the US. The Naim Inc. crew are still on board but will now be able to focus on training dealers on the new technologies that Naim are so well known for.

This is a very exciting time for Hi-Fi and I'm anxious to see what the future will bring. I'm looking forward to the Naim Brain. You'll only have to think of a song and it will play through your cerebral vortex. I may have to add the HiCap3 to beef up my frontal lobe...

Kudos X3!


Maaaan! There sure is a lot of cool gear coming in. Just as I thought I was getting caught up, a new speaker unveils itself! A new X series addition from the best speakers made in the UK, and quite possibly the World. The X3 from Derek Gilligan's KUDOS. Check out the new, updated Kudos Audio web site. I've had the X2 in for a couple months now and am overwhelmed by the sheer size of the sound these micro floor standers throw. I'm sure the X3 will take it to the next level. People are constantly asking me where the subwoofer is hiding. When I tell them there's not one, they look like they've seen Houdini's ghost! Yeah, they're magical.. geez. maybe I should be a reviewer! heh heh.

More Recession Proof Goodness


On their way to the shop are some decent budget speakers from Canadian company, Sinclair Audio The product build and sound quality compares to products like Energy, Paradigm, Klipsch and PSB. The Brighton B15 shown here are only $249 a pair! The floor standing BT25 are a whopping $449. Take THAT Goldman Sachs! EVILDOERS!

Mystere is Here! Affordable DAC Coming Soon!

I just had the Mystere ia21 integrated amp dropped off at the shop by one of my favorite audio reps, Papa (Tom Mcgehee) Smurf! This line is awesome! Fit and finish is top notch and the sound? Well, the sound is magnificent! 50 warm tube watts drives my hardest to drive speakers effortlessly. We switched out the KT88 tubes for the EL34 and both choices had their pluses. Boils down to personal choice really. The amp is auto biasing so it's very easy to "tube roll". New / Different tubes transforms any amp into a different monster. So, let the good times roll! More offerings from Mystere will be "rolling" in over the next few months.
As Papa Smurf and I were drooling over the ia21's glowing beauty, I told him, I was bummed there weren't any decent DACs that were under $1K. WELL GUESS WHAT! There are and I'm gonna get them in! Musical Fidelity have the V Series which includes a DAC ($299), MM / MC Phono pre amp ($149) and Headphone Amp ($199). The DAC has inputs for USB, COAX and Optical. Here's a review. Instead of putting the guts in a fancy chassis and shipped in a velvet lined box, the V Series is presented "bare bones". Who cares? I just want it to 1. sound great and 2. not break.
Musical Fidelity V-DAC-best

Ask and you shall receive! New Tube Lines!

In my search for well built, good sounding gear that won't leave you penniless, I've scoured the Earth for a couple new lines!! Coming very soon to the shop are Mystere and Antique Sound Labs! What's cool about these amps is that they'll drive nearly any speaker. No two watt amps here!

Nerve Audio PH-1 Moving Magnet Phono Pre-Amp only $99!


In my quest to bring you good people high value, I'm bringing in this new moving magnet phono stage! Add a Rega turntable and one of the excellent Ortofon 2M cartridges and start spinning the black gold!

"Most of the Nerve Audio products were born from demand. At the time we started the PH-1 Phonostage design there were few, if any, good quality inexpensive phonostages on the market. The PH-1 will easily perform with phonostages in the $250-$350 price range. Solid construction, minimalist circuit, RIAA Eq. and low profile design. The PH-1 Moving Magnet phono stage was designed by Jeff Boccaccio and is hand made in small quantities."

10% off! ONE DAY ONLY!!

SALE! Saturday, April 17th. 11am-5pm. 10% off all records, turntables and cartridges! Got an old turntable that needs some TLC? Bring it by! Got some old records you don't want? Bring those by too! I'll be playing records all day. Barley Pops (beer) while it lasts!

Record Store Day 2010

Lonestar Roundup

The Lonestar Roundup is happenin'! Hot Rods from all over! Charlie Sexton (plays with Bob Dylan... 'nuff said!) and Chris Layton (played with Stevie Ray) jamming at the show. Check out the cool guitar gear shifter in the rat rod!


Southern Culture On The Skids

Great show at the Continental Club. Their third of a 5 night run here in Austin. Last time I saw them was 15 years ago at Liberty Lunch (rip). They put on a great show! Real nice folks to boot. Go see them with a bucket of fried chicken.

iZilla Media Monster


Two Terrabytes Of Digital Media Euphoria

Tromping through the streets of downtown Tokyo... crunching tiny white audio players underfoot comes the iZilla. If you've been looking to step-up to a hungry man sized portable media player with incredible tech powers... this is it. First start with a whopping two terabytes of storage delivered by four 500 gig internal hard drives. Up the ante with a sweet 7" TFT-LCD touch screen... then crush your opponents with high-speed ripping capability for CD, DVD, and vinyl. A handy iPod® dock allows you to transfer songs to and from the iZilla.

Listen to the iZilla roar through the internal six speaker surround system offering 5.1 channel surround sound with up to 120 watts per channel. Or enjoy your music privately with the included DJ-Style wireless bluetooth headphones up to 15 feet away. Built in wi-fi (802.11g), Gigabit Ethernet, Firewire and USB 2.0 ports ensure the maximum capability to transfer your tunes and video to external hard drives and computers.

Take the iZilla with you anywhere. It's like having an entire home entertainment system in a handy 30 pound white briefcase. The iZilla can be powered by a standard 120VAC wall outlet, or runs off 16 D size batteries (not included).

Product Features & Specifications
2000 Gigabytes of storage
Built in CDRW/DVD-RW 52X/32X/52X/16X
Built in slot loading turntable with laser pickup
Plays back video and audio digital media in the following formats: MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, WMV, Divx, MP3, MP4, XviD, DVD(IFO, VOB), Ogg Vorbis, ADPCM, WMA, AAC-LC
Rips video from DVD (downloadable software patch required for encrypted DVD media)
Rips audio from CD (.wav, mp3 or Ogg Vorbis)
Rips audio from Vinyl (.wav, mp3 or Ogg Vorbis)
Transfers music to and from iPod (All iPod models with dock connector. Music from iPod must be non-encrypted.)
Burns DVD, Audio and Data CD formats
7" TFT-LCD Touch screen 724x309 resolution
Touch-Screen menu system controls all functions
Wireless connectivity with wi-fi 802.11g and Bluetooth
Wired connectivity via gigabit ethernet, USB 2.0, and Firewire.
Wireless Bluetooth DJ style headphones included
Six speaker surround system offering 5.1 channel surround sound with up to 120 watts per channel.
Dimensions: 19" x 14" x 4.5", weight 32.8 lbs. with batteries installed.

Used amp, Jazz record and biking them home is GREEN!!!!!


This is Karl at National Record Store Day! Being a good GREEN citizen, Karl upgraded his Rega Brio3 for a Mira3. Picked up a killer record and biked home with a big grin on his face! Karl is one of my many clients who take advantage of my awesome trade-in offer. YOU GO KARL!! It's easy being GREEN! Kermit lied!


Saturday, April 18th is National Record Store Day! I've marked down TONS of records to $5 or less. Turntables and cartridges will be 10% off! A great time to buy a new Rega! Yes, I will have some
I scored a Lonnie Johnson record that had a special surprise in it...
Hmmm... a small manila envelope?

Oh my golly gosh! Moldy Oldie DRUGS!!!!
Looks like dirt weed and some weird white powder. No, I did not try to figure out what it was! I threw it away. You never know what "treasures" you'll find inside of old records! I've found a roach or two before but never tiny bags of white crap... Happy Hunting!!

Oh My!!! The Osmonds?

My Dad got all his slides converted to disc and I've taken on the task of organizing them. Here's a pic of my Sisters, Me and Mom at my first concert.... Mormon SuperGroup, The Osmonds in Buffalo, NY!  Then we all saw Helen (I am woman, hear me roar) Reddy in Vegas a few years later!  Yes!  Rockin', I know!  Later, my sister Denise scored Commodores tix for the Natural High Tour.  A Taste of Honey opened. In 7th grade, I went to see Yes (where we all got mugged and our cool concert jerseys stolen). Barry Manilow with a friend and his parents (jeez!).  Foreigner 4 Tour w/ Billy Squier opening. John Denver with the parentals.  Supertramp with my sister Denise again. Queen on their last US Tour in '82 with my friends. Freshman in High School, The Rolling Stones with my friend and his MOM! I thought she was going to drop us off! She wanted to leave at intermission because there were people smoking POT next to us. Psychedelic Furs w/ The Dream Syndicate opening with my sister Brenda. I've seen hundreds of shows since, but The Osmonds started it all! 123455-r1-e118.jpg123455-r1-e115.jpg 

FOX NEWS 7 On Your Side


The News team came and interviewed me.  Here's the copy from the airing April 9th 


AUSTIN  --  Call it back to the future.  Record sales -- yes, record sales -- are hot again.  But what if you want to turn that perfect LP into an MP3?  


"They're almost like little time capsules from a different place," said Brian DiFrank of Whetstone Audio in Austin.


A different place and a different time.


"So you can put on a record from 1963, and it's almost like being in 1963," he said.


From Stevie Ray Vaughan, to soul gospel, to Austin music legend Roky Erickson, DiFrank loves vinyl.


"They just sound better," he said.


So DiFrank was the guy to ask, How do you transfer all those great records onto your computer?  DiFrank recommends a small device called an "iMic."  One end connects to your turntable or amplifier, the other to your computer's sound card jack.


"So you can see the sound waves already going through the computer right now," he said as he showed us how it works.


iMic comes with software to record your tunes.  A quick search of the internet can find you plenty of other free programs to do the same thing.


"Pretty simple process really," said DiFrank.


So what will it cost you to transfer your record collection?  You have to have a record player.  The adapter will run you around 35 dollars, and remember, you have to be patient while your record transfers over.


DiFrank recommended a high-quality turntable for decent audio quality.


"You're going to spend at least three or four hundred dollars for a decent turntable," he warned.


Some less-expensive models come with their own USB cables to connect directly to your computer, but DiFrank says their audio quality is iffy.


"Usually the ones with the built in USB aren't that great," he said.   "I don't want to be an audio snob, but they're just not."


Other experts also say an amplifier is a must.  Otherwise, the audio may be too faint on your computer.


So whether it's jazz, rock-and-roll, or just a slow jam to take you back to another time...


"It is kind of theraputic to be able to walk over and pull out a record and put it on a turntable," said DiFrank.


Now you can enjoy those tunes on the go, without taking the turntable along.