Responses from rockadanny

Bagpipe Music
For some jazz bagpipes, check out releases from Rufus Harley. I've got his release, "Courage: The Atlantic Recordings". Very interesting stuff. 
Who, do you think, designs the best looking tube-based devices?
I think my Audio Mirror 45 Watt SETs are beautiful!  
An Artist's Pinnacle
Just Won't Burn by Susan Tedeschi, comes to mind as it was her second album and never really equalled by her later offerings.+1 
Butterfield Blues Band (self-titled) - Mystery TrainButterfield Blues Band (East-West) - Two Trains RunningDave Alvin (Public Domain) - Engine 143; Railroad BillMerle Haggard (Same Train, A Different Time) - Waitin' For A Train; Train Whistle Blue... 
What was your most disappointing album purchase?
It was a John Coltrane album, cannot recall the title, but the album was blank. A smooth surface. Nothing recorded on it.   
How do you share the sweet spot?
I have only two chairs in my room: one sweet spot and one directly behind the sweet spot chair. In the sweet spot you get enveloped by the music and are able to peer deep into it. In the secondary chair you get more of a wall-of-sound presentation... 
Anyone used Mapletree Line 2CRM preamp with NAD power amp?
No experience pairing my Mapletree preamp (which is a wonderful piece) with a NAD integrated, but did try pairing it with a different integrated. The Mapletree did not improve the sound extensively until I paired it with a separate power amp. Info... 
Jazz for someone who doesn't like jazz.
John Scofield's "Überjam" and "Überjam Deaux" 
Most recordings you own by a single artist, group, or composer
Which CD’s of either have you most recently [email protected] - Latest purchase of Coltrane:Complete Mainstream 1958 SessionsBoth Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Deluxe 2 CD)Latest Miles:Collector’s ItemsThe New Miles Davis Quintet 
Why no interest in reel to reel if you're looking for the ultimate sound?
I have nearly 2,000 CDs and I need them all. Doubt most are available on R2R, and then there's the astronomical cost. 
Most recordings you own by a single artist, group, or composer
I too an am "nutty"! My top two nuttiest (all CDs at this point):Miles Davis - 65 discsJohn Coltrane - 53 discsEach of them would be even more had I kept their vinyl and inferior CD recordings I discarded in favor of better remastered discs. These... 
How bad is this?
+1 for Benny Amina in Roswell. 
Jazz for someone who doesn't like jazz.
+1 on the Weather Report suggestion.Also check out the live recording, "Swiss Movement", by Les  McCann with Eddie Harris. 
How to tell if some one legit
... email him for his phone number. When you get it, call him because a phone call will give you a better sense on what type of person you are dealing with. If he refuses then tell him you're done.+1 
Another new DAC: Audio Mirror
Side note about Audio Mirror: I don't have the DAC, but do have the 45 Watt SET amps, and they are powerful, marvelous amps and Vlad B has provided me with top-notch service for years. He is a solid pro and gentleman.