One of our good customers had this to say about some Hot Stampers he purchased recently:
Yesterday, I attended an audio event in Verona, NJ, where I had purchased my stereo.
I spent my time in the “analogue” room. This room had the flagship equipment (Vandersteen 7 speakers, Aesthetix Jupiter series amps, pre-amps, phono stage, Clearaudio’s Goldfinger Statement cartridge, etc).
I listened for a while, hearing all the issues with almost every record they played. I then asked the store’s “turntable guru” to play some of the records I brought with me.
They thumbed through my boxes and asked me what the difference was between my two copies of Abbey Road. When I explained the superior side X on either copy, the audience found this concept amusing, based on their laughter. Any doubters would soon become believers.
They played Abbey Road‘s side 2 (3+ side, of course). While “Here Comes The Sun” was playing, Garth had his eyes closed. At the track’s conclusion, he exclaimed “Outstanding!,” and the record played on.
Next, we listened to ELP’s “Lucky Man.” Garth said it was the best he had ever heard.
I do not really know Garth, but I suspect he does not easily offer up such compliments in a room full of people. Others in the room, including the store’s turntable guru, were all very impressed. Several folks approached me, all pointing out parts of the music that blew them away.
There were comments about some folks hearing that Better Records was a scam, and others saying that you are the real deal. The discussion ended with “Hearing is believing.”
No one doubted your records after this listening session.
I scored points with these important folks, thanks to your records. I provided the source material to allow their equipment to shine.
Any doubt these folks had about your company was put to rest. All that listened were very impressed, and I thought you’d want to know.
Thanks for your letter.
I have to confess I am of two minds concerning this demonstration of the obviously superior sound of our best Hot Stamper pressings.
Allow me to make one cynical prediction. None of those in the audience owns or will ever own one of our records. They like good sound all right, they certainly will tell you as much, but they just can’t wrap their heads around spending the kind of money it takes to get hold of the kinds of records you played them.
But they absolutely love that $17,500 cartridge and are dying to own one.
You can be sure that those folks, like audiophiles in general, have lots of Heavy Vinyl mediocrities and are just fine with that. I have never understood it, but I have seen it time and time again.
If you are serious about good sound, you need good records. You know that as well as anyone.
Now that they have heard it for themselves, they know it too, but what will they do with this knowledge?
My money is on “nothing.”