have been collecting 45rpm and mono LPs in the last few years, so I am wondering how you
go about organizing your LPs. Do you separate 45s from 33s? And do you separate your mono
LPs? My biggest worry in the past was whether to separate only my classical, jazz and
rock, or to further separate folk and progressive rock. Such life challenges!
asked one of the eternal audiophile questions: how do you organize a music collection? I
recall a scene from the movie High Fidelity in which the subject was discussed
and the various principles mentioned. Ultimately, the answer is, whatever organizing
principle works for you. For me, that's filing all LPs, whether stereo or mono, 33 or
45rpm, by genre and performer. In that way, when I'm in the mood to listen to some
Thelonious Monk, for instance, I can make my choice from all of his LPs in my collection
(digital media is stored separately, of course, but in the same way). This makes the most
sense to me. Others, however, put all Mobile Fidelity titles, or all 45rpm sets, together,
and I've done some of that too, but eventually, when I find the time to do so (curating a
large music collection is work), I refile everything by artist. -Marc Mickelson
been reading about YBA and their recent alliance with Shanling. YBA designs, Shanling
understand from talking to someone at the company that all of the YBA Signature parts come
from France and each Signature piece is QAed/signed off on by Yves-Bernard André himself.
you heard any of YBA's newer products? I recall YBA being one of the elite brands some 15+
you, I remember YBA from many years ago -- about 20 in my case. I auditioned a YBA amp (I
don't remember which one) and thought it sounded both distinctive and very good. In some
ways, it reminded me of what I heard from 47 Laboratory equipment years later: a notable
sense of directness and delicacy, and the revealing of low-level detail to an astounding
degree. You can surmise by this that I haven't heard any YBA equipment lately and I was
unaware of the details you share. We'll be sure to seek out YBA at shows, so you may see
some coverage of the brand on TAB at some point soon. -Marc Mickelson
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