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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 7:13 pm 
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Many years ago Rolling Stone did a feature on Stereos of the Stars and I recall seeing Frank's set up and his comment that it certainly wasn't the Playboy Deluxe version of a stereo.
When he passed away, what stereo gear was he using?
I ask because audio gear is one of my (endless money pit) hobbies.
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 Post subject: Re: Frank's Stereo
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SteveFord wrote:

I ask because audio gear is one of my (endless money pit) hobbies.
Thanks!

Mine as well

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Me three.

I seem to recall something about using JBL speakers, but off the top of my head I can't come up with where I read that. It'd be interesting if the Zappa's Gear book went into his playback apparatus as well...


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Here's an idea:

Why don't we try to obtain a stereo setup that is satisfying to our own ears?

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 Post subject: Re: Frank's Stereo
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I have a couple of systems which are just fine. My thing is big planar speakers and tubes.
I was just curious as to what he was using, that's all.


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 Post subject: Re: Frank's Stereo
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I hear that bang olufsen aer overrated.
I am fond of my kef coda3 speakers I've had for about 30+ years though.

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 Post subject: Re: Frank's Stereo
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lapsed maps wrote:
Here's an idea:

Why don't we try to obtain a stereo setup that is satisfying to our own ears?

That's a terrible idea. Much better to have a system that matches Frank's, so we can hear it the way the artist was hearing it, and therefore, the way it's supposed to sound according to the artist's intent.

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just plain doug wrote:
lapsed maps wrote:
Here's an idea:

Why don't we try to obtain a stereo setup that is satisfying to our own ears?

That's a terrible idea. Much better to have a system that matches Frank's, so we can hear it the way the artist was hearing it, and therefore, the way it's supposed to sound according to the artist's intent.


Are you being sarcastic ?

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Are you being sarcastic ?

Doug? Never... :wink:

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BRAVO SIERRA wrote:
just plain doug wrote:
lapsed maps wrote:
Here's an idea:

Why don't we try to obtain a stereo setup that is satisfying to our own ears?

That's a terrible idea. Much better to have a system that matches Frank's, so we can hear it the way the artist was hearing it, and therefore, the way it's supposed to sound according to the artist's intent.


Are you being sarcastic ?

No. I'm being Trendmongeric.

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just plain doug wrote:
Trendmongeric.


This must be the worst word I've ever read :mrgreen:

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I beleive there was a linear note (maybe on the recored sleeve?) on Tinsel Town Rebellion? (or another album from the early 80's) that said best heard on JBL speakers (and that JBL model # was listed)

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just plain doug wrote:
lapsed maps wrote:
Here's an idea:

Why don't we try to obtain a stereo setup that is satisfying to our own ears?

That's a terrible idea. Much better to have a system that matches Frank's, so we can hear it the way the artist was hearing it, and therefore, the way it's supposed to sound according to the artist's intent.

You are right. 100%. My idea is terrible. Yours is magnificently logical. And just... better.
I am feeling retarded now. And yet... I am learning. Learning from you. Thanks!

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lapsed maps wrote:
just plain doug wrote:
lapsed maps wrote:
Here's an idea:

Why don't we try to obtain a stereo setup that is satisfying to our own ears?

That's a terrible idea. Much better to have a system that matches Frank's, so we can hear it the way the artist was hearing it, and therefore, the way it's supposed to sound according to the artist's intent.

You are right. 100%. My idea is terrible. Yours is magnificently logical. And just... better.
I am feeling retarded now. And yet... I am learning. Learning from you. Thanks!

Awfully big of you to admit, old chap, but, I must defer credit for the ideology to St. Titone, devout ambassador of the Church of He-Who-Can-Do-No-Wrong.

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I'm not sure I can haandle this - I'm deaf in the left ear.

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Looks like you're trying to over-handle it.

:wink:

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GreenHocher wrote:
Me three.

I seem to recall something about using JBL speakers, but off the top of my head I can't come up with where I read that. It'd be interesting if the Zappa's Gear book went into his playback apparatus as well...

One size fits all interview 1977 say uses JLP in his Guitar Cab.

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Zaphen wrote:
I beleive there was a linear note (maybe on the recored sleeve?) on Tinsel Town Rebellion? (or another album from the early 80's) that said best heard on JBL speakers (and that JBL model # was listed)

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Yeah that is in the notes of SATLTSADW

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 Post subject: Re: Frank's Stereo
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Side note , These were probably the monitors he used in the studio.
I have no idea what he used in the main house. :?


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If Frank asked me to put together a system for him it would probably consist of:
Goldmund Reference Turntable
Melos Sha-Gold Tube Preamp
NYAL OTL tube amplfiers
Nordost Interconnect and Speaker cables
Genesis Gen 1 Speakers
Audio Nirvana!

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you talking about the Genesis APM-1?

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BRAVO SIERRA wrote:
you talking about the Genesis APM-1?

Originally designed by Arnie Nudell known as The Infinity Reference Standard....or IRS Arnie formed his own company called Genesis renaming it the Gen 1

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