dawgfish

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Preamp or Amp?
I'm going to make a suggestion that might be so obvious that I'll get hooted off the board. If your current integrated has a capability to separate the pre and power sections, perhaps you could work with a dealer and get some pre's and amps that f... 
Favorite Lesser Known Sax Players
Not sure he qualifies as "lesser known," but I really enjoy Charles McPherson. Try "Manhattan Nocturne." I think you'll enjoy it. 
any suggestion for a narrow mini receiver
Depending on how much high the shelf is, and your need for speakers, etc, the inexpensive Tivoli Audio stuff (Kloss design) might fit the bill. I'm thinking about some for an office system, but have only had the chance to hear it in a store under ... 
Guitar Solos
One of the first that I paid real attention to was Carlos Santana's in "Waiting," the first track on the debut album. I was hooked -- and then blown away a year or so later when I saw his solo on "Soul Sacrifice" during the "Woodstock" movie.Over ... 
Upgrade in five channel amplifier
I'm in a similar boat, and have been thinking about adding a Vacuum Tube Logic pre-amp for use in two-channel listening. It has theater bypass circuit to pass signal on to my Rotel five-channel pre-pro. I've heard the VTL 2.5 and 5.5 in the store,... 
Most achingly-beautiful music
Not sure if anyone has mentioned it already, but Warren Zevon's cover of "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" is both beautiful and a heartstring-tugger, given that he recorded it in the last month's of his life. 
Tips for gradual upgrade
Thanks to everyone for the advice. Just to clarify, by "gradual," I meant one component at a time, rather than replacing several at once. But I appreciate the good recommendations for things that I can do to improve the sound before looking at new... 
Audiophile Music Cd's besides Baby Einstein?
Congratulations on your new addition -- even better than a new pre-amp! :-)I don't have a recommendation on a specific recording, but our daughter always loved Saint-Saens "Carnival of the Animals" when she was young. Another great primer for youn... 
Who is your overall favorite guitarist?
Believe it or not, there are more names that haven't mentioned. Oh, my top 10 list would include many of the names listed above: Jimi, Steve Howe, BB, Al Di Meola, Duane Allman, Pat Metheny, Clapton, Santana, the Edge, Pete T, etc. But here are th... 
Top "covers"
Some great suggestions so far. For instance, didn't realize "Black Magic Woman" was a F.Mac song. And bonehead move on my part getting Mayfield and Gay confused. Your ideas have sparked a couple more ideas:Warren Zevon doing Dylan's "Knocking on H... 
I need a female jazz vocalist. No Krall, No Norah
One I haven't seen mentioned is Jacquie Naylor. "Live from the Plush Room" is a good place to start.Second (or Third or 95th) the recommendations of Eva Cassidy "Live at Blues Alley," Cassandra Wilson (have four discs and all are great), Christy B... 
Best Genesis Album - your opinions please.
Wind and Wuthering -- it was the album playing when I ... well ... ahem ... for the first time ... 
Your ONE all time favorite love song?
Well, if held to one choice, it would have to be Art Garfunkel's "I Believe (When I Fall In Love With You It Will Be Forever.)" My wife and I fell in love to it, had it played at our wedding, and 25+ years later it still works.But if I can cheat a... 
What was your first music that you paid for?
First album I ever purchased was The Doors "Soft Parade" when I was in about fifth grade. I wasn't too popular with the Archies set. Of course, I wasn't too popular with my mother, either, when she heard Morrison cry out, "you cannot petition the ... 
Your First System
About 1975 or 1976, my first system consisted of a Kenwood 6006 integrated amp, a Pioneer CTF2121 cassette deck, a BIC 960 turntable, and Electro Voice ETR-18 (3 way, 4 driver, 12" woofer) speakers. I can still remember the exact price: $726.50, p...