Letter of the Week – “…just pure delight with those New Orleans horns.”

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One of our good customers had this to say about some Hot Stampers he purchased recently:

Hey Tom,   

Another big surprise here; I almost cancelled ordering this before it shipped, as I have an old pressing that to me sounded White Hot Stamper material, impossible to improve on, and I intended just to shoot it out for kicks/education.

But this was a revelation, there was SO MUCH room for improvement. The whole thing as artistic edifice came alive with your pressing, conveying much more on an emotional and intellectual level than I’d picked up on before. And sound-wise it was so juicy in parts, just pure delight with those New Orleans horns.

I might have listened to this record a couple of times a year previously, whereas now it’s become a bible of soul and panache.

A short refresher on some Hot Stamper basics:

There can be no hot stamper designation without a shootout for the album having been done.

Good sounding records like the one you owned and was happy with are just good sounding records, not Hot Stampers.

Shootouts will sometimes be a revelation, as was the case here, White Hots especially. 

How high is up? You can’t know how good a record can sound until you play a bunch of copies and discover the one that shows you just how high “up” really is.

We’ve been doing shootouts for this album for well over a decade. We understand on a purely practical level exactly what the best copies can be expected to do, and how good the best copies can sound. If you haven’t played fifty copies of the album, how could you possibly know any of these things?


Basic Concepts and Realities Explained 

Important Lessons We Learned from Record Experiments 

Key Tracks for Critical Listening 

Making Audio Progress 

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