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Different strokes; I like the SH forum for music, records, and music history. (It also has a good visual arts section, with a number of knowledgeable participants on film and tv history and technology). Not as gear-centric as the ’Gon. I don’t see any need to bash any forum; they all serve their audiences differently. (And some of Hoffman’s work is pretty good, sonically, in my estimation).
PS: I found the thread on SH- Taters, the comments were directed to the new format, which other 'Gon users seem to have carped about here as well.
The Steve Hoffman music forum is the best out there. Especially if like me you want historical information and you're a Beatles fan.
The problem is that we fans seemingly can't agree on anything when it comes to sound quality. To compound things we sometimes get carried away by anticipation and fall for the emperors new clothes syndrome.
Eventually though a kind of consensus does emerge.
California is Communist?! Don’t let the folks in Orange County (just south of Los Angeles County) hear you say that! It’s Republican/Reagan country, almost like Texas (aside from Austin, of course ;-). In Northern California, San Jose and Cupertino (where I grew up) to be exact, you have Apple and eBay, not exactly redistributing the wealth. The house directly across the street from my childhood home---a ranch-style 3-bedroom, 2-bath tract house---just sold for $1.4 million! Now, if you’re talking about San Francisco and Marin County (where the rich hippies, like The Dead, live) you may have a point.
The Hoffman site provides a lot of great musical information, but Steve himself has made claims for some of his work that is provably false. Claims about original tapes used as sources for some of his reissues, for instance. When you’re doing great work, why the need to inflate the claims?