Sanctuary for the Restless Male Mind

7 Apr
Sublimely beautiful

Sublimely beautiful

Made by the modern day Stradivarius

Made by the modern day Stradivarius

This is a short post to introduce a new series of posts on music and its reproduction: audio.



Which one is navigator1965? The chap in the middle?

Which one is navigator1965? The chap in the middle?

Stradivarius performs Hendrix

Stradivarius performs Hendrix

20 Responses to “Sanctuary for the Restless Male Mind”

  1. cindy knoke April 7, 2014 at 11:30 pm #


    • navigator1965 April 8, 2014 at 5:48 am #

      Hi, Cindy. Me and my iPad will never rival your pictures, but we’ll suffice to get the message across in terms of these posts.

      These turntables–mine is an older used one–are considered the best sounding ever made by those “in the known.” Less than $10,000, will beat a $70,000 turntable. No CD/SACD player on the planet can equal it.

  2. Deanna Herrmann April 8, 2014 at 4:18 am #

    Looking forward to this!

    • navigator1965 April 8, 2014 at 5:54 am #

      Are you a music / stereo aficionado, too, Deanna? These posts will be educational, fun, and a bit of a trip down memory lane. So nice that you’re interested.

  3. idiotwriter April 8, 2014 at 8:32 am #

    I am digging seeing Uncle James as a representation of this post Sir 😀 Very splendid!

    • navigator1965 April 8, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

      Thanks, Belinda. I think this will make for some fun and informative posts.

      Hendrix is amazing.

  4. Susan Irene Fox April 8, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

    Yes, indeed, a “trip” down memory lane with Jimi! I remember him well! 😉

    • navigator1965 April 8, 2014 at 7:38 pm #

      Last fall, I actually walked by the place that he rented in San Francisco during / around “the summer of love.”

      • Susan Irene Fox April 8, 2014 at 8:53 pm #

        I was there many times. Haight/Ashbury – Ah, misspent youth! ❤

        • navigator1965 April 8, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

          I had a fun visit to SF. Yes, the folly and ignorance of our youthhoods. Perhaps it’s best to get it out of the system early.

  5. Inion N. Mathair April 9, 2014 at 12:26 am #

    Love the direction of your posts our friend! And what better way to delve into music than with Hendrix!! A genius musician who was progressive for his time in thinking & talent!! Summer of love indeed he taught perfect lessons by reaching & unifying the world through song! Sharing this now~ 😉

    • navigator1965 April 9, 2014 at 6:15 am #

      Thank you, ladies. This should prove to be an interesting and enjoyable series of posts. It will be a blend of my journey in audio and some rather wonderful albums from across musical gendres: rock, jazz, acoustic / vocals.

      What I am particularly excited about is that there are some exceptional high-end boutique audio manufacturers in the Ottawa area. I’m hoping to interview them for this series of posts. I’ve already interviewed the turntable designer, whom I know.

      His work beats turntables costing 10x the price. Listening to Joni Mitchell on one of this guy’s used decks in my humble system is so moving as to evoke the use of words like “sublime” and “spiritual:”

  6. Nadia April 10, 2014 at 6:37 am #

    This post gets my mouth watering. Jimi Hendrix does it for me.

    • navigator1965 April 10, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

      Hello, Nadia. Thanks for stopping by an commenting. Yes, Hendrix was a genius, no doubt. This series of posts should be fun, in that it will be a bit of a “trip down memory lane” in terms of music, a little instructional when it comes to stereos, and getting to meet some interesting characters in the audio world.

  7. Holistic Wayfarer April 12, 2014 at 4:34 pm #



    • navigator1965 April 12, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

      I fear the next instalment is delayed due to an bit of an intestinal bug and an inability to find my old photo albums.

      It should be a fun series, once I can get it going again. Work is also pressing, at the moment.

  8. Aussa Lorens April 14, 2014 at 12:10 am #

    Ah, I need a turntable. I have all sorts of records that I liberated from my parents before cutting ties. They deserve to be played.

    • navigator1965 April 14, 2014 at 8:43 am #

      Indeed, they do. It’s so much fun to take those old albums and hear them again, especially if one can assemble a better stereo than Mom and Dad’s. There’s a surprising amount of information hidden in those glorious vinyl grooves.

      If my current “Battle of Imodium Ridge” (i.e., intestinal flu) ever abates, I play to include a post on what to do to build an excellent starter’s system on the cheap. This includes an excellent turntable on the cheap, one which will offer an upgrade path to what is held by insiders “in the know” to be the finest turntable that has ever existed.

      (Hint: keep your eyes open for a used Lenco L75 or L78 in good working condition. Ebay,, craigslist, etc. I had two shipped from South America, as they also use 60 hz power. About $400 these days. Can ultimately be upgraded by the Maestro himself for $7,500 + into something that beats turntables costing 10x as much.)


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