Articles like this one belong in Popular Mechanics. What a waste of space in an audiophile magazine. I would much rather see the space go to reviews or interviews with musicians. Is there really a sizeable DIY subscriber base that spends their time improving 60-70-year-old equipment??
Art seems to seek out specialized niches - and then explore niches inside those. I like DIY stuff but talking about the minutia of grommets on ancient stuff i'll never care about leaves me behind.
Pay attention. You might learn something. I did.
What is it with Dudley Haters? ("I just had to write in... I was sooooo upset! Grumble. Grumble.")
I disagreed with AD for years in Listener magazine, but it was a great magazine! Loved that damn rag.
But Lou Reed, man? (That was the one time I think Art was a hater.)
(I'm getting you Metal Machine Music for Xmas- on 8 Track.)
I don't mind a tour through audio history, and I like looking at displays of old components and listening to them when possible. But the details of grommets, ball bearings, making a plinth etc.--this is shop class, not a history lesson. IMO it doesn't belong in Stereophile. And I see there is more of the same in the January issue.
DIY good, but a 3-part series on the washers and grommets of just one model of one obscure TT - it's a dead end.
Yesterday I watched a DIY show on TV on old hot rods and they showed SEVERAL upgrades/renovations in sufficient detail, on 3 different cars, in 30 minutes. And it was not on the analogue (ha!) to a RekOKut, it was on things that enthusiasts actually seek and use - old Camaros and such. I liked it. If had been a series of 3 shows entirely on the left rear wheel bearings of 1939 Citroen, I (and no one else) would have watched.
I ain't a Dudley "hater" by any means but if I see a friend wandering lost down a path, I'll call him back.
Sounds like back-peddling to me.
Your language is inconsiderate and petty.
I love ALL of the great tweaks that Art brings to mind every month, and again, even as far back as Listener.
Making a great stylus brush with an artists brush is something I still use today, and it is very inexpensive.
I see value, but perhaps you do not.
What I find suspect, is your inability to recognize others' interest in these areas, and the assumption that it is a waste, because it holds no value to you.
That's your perspective, but your language seems to rule out other positions.
That ain't cool.