Linn’s MD on the challenges of the ‘new normal’, why the past year has been a great one for interest in turntables, inventing the ultimate wireless speaker, why streaming is the future – and how the only way to keep things stable is to ensure you’re always moving forward.
Stan pays tribute to his contemporary, Tim de Paravicini, and recalls time spent together, major bust-ups, and doughnuts on an industrial estate lawn in a Subaru. “Tim could always wear you down by sheer persistence,” he says.
Having been mighty impressed with the bog Borg standmount from the Essen-based design-consultancy-turned-manufacturer, Martin Colloms finds himself totally beguiled by its more compact, more affordable standmount model. It may look unusual, but it’s also incredibly involving, he says, in an extensive in-depth review.
Dick Weindling and Marianne Colloms for HIFICRITIC
It was sad to hear that Chris Barber, the jazz trombonist and band leader, died aged 90, on 2 March 2021. He was very influential in developing a version of New Orleans jazz in the 1950s which led the way to skiffle, British blues, the Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
A few years ago I had lunch with the late Harold Pendleton and his wife Barbara. Harold was a chartered accountant with a love of jazz, and he told me when he arrived from Southport in 1948 to work in London, the first thing he did was to go to Dobells Record Shop at 77 Charing Cross Road. Harold was thumbing through the jazz racks and got talking to another customer. He was Chris Barber. They became acquainted and Harold became the manager of Chris’ band and a lifelong friend. Harold went on to open the famed Marquee Club in 1958, and with his wife Barbara organised the National Jazz and Blues festivals held in Windsor and later Reading.
Martin Colloms has a passion for audio and music and has written for many of the key hi-fi magazines worldwide.