LP Appreciation Day 2019

24th August 2019, we held a small party with friends/customers to celebrate our 12th year in business
Mr and Mrs Johnnie Bergmann were among the invited guests gracing the occasion. This is the couple’s 3rd visit and we certainly hoped they enjoyed their short stay.
To coincide with the occasion, we held our 4th LP Appreciation Day (LPAD).

LPAD is an original creation by us. Copyrighted 😀 We first held this non-commercial event in 2009 to promote and expose audiophiles, music lovers to the superior vinyl format. Back in those days, we had a much smaller showroom and as a result, we had to hold multiple sessions of the same program on the same day to fulfill those who responded. It was really tiring but looking back, we felt we have contributed our tiny bit to the vinyl revival.

In this 4th (reunion) program of 90 minutes, we picked some interesting titles from our personal collection. Titles that are not so well known, like local pressings; ones that are found in bargain bins; digital LPs; mono versus stereo versions among others.

Singapore Cowboy kicked off our show. The sound of this LP from this 70s local country band is nothing short of audiophile
No usual suspects, we shunned the known and overplayed audiophile titles but instead threw into the playlist – New Age, Blues, Classical, Canto-pop and even a 7″ Japanese traditional folk song.
Richard and Linda Thomson – Pour Down Like Silver
Blue Mitchell – Graffiti Blues. Very boogie, very groovy.
The Bergmann Magne in cool black velvet arrived just in time for us to demonstrate the mono effect. An Ortofon Cadenza Mono was mounted on the Magne turntable.
A pricey 200g Quiex vinyl Classic Records stereo reissue versus a current Sony Legacy reprint in mono. Which did you prefer?

The ‘mono versus stereo’ was an interesting segment of our program. We felt that while either mix would give you a different feeling of the same music, it is undeniable that mono records sounded superior on a mono cartridge. In the ball of sound between the speakers produced by mono records, one could feel the 3D-ness (never flat or one dimension), the layering, the image tall, firm and solid. The ‘lack’ of vertical modulation of a mono cartridge (by design) produces a quieter playback that a stereo cartridge just couldn’t achieve on a mono record.

Very soon, 90 minutes flew by us. We hope it was well spent with us and you didn’t overspend digging out our playlist. We may do a 5th edition of LPAD someday 🙂 Till then, we thank our audience for coming (your positive feedback is well received) and also keeping vinyl alive.

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