So its August, 2009 and I have based this nifty BLOG on the premise of taking people on virtual adventures in the Caprice 9C1—but the reference audio system is still being constructed and so I find myself with the first volume sans the Chevy.
I shared a fantastic lunch recently with renowned Stereophile columnist Sam Tellig—this is someone with whom I have had many pleasant communications but no face-to-face meetings. Finally, we got to break bread! (http://www.stereophile.com/)
I motored from the gym in New Haven, CT through torrential rain down I-95 south, connected to the Merritt Parkway and exited in New Canaan, CT where I wound my way past mansions and overwhelming quaintness over the border into New York and to the charming town of Pound Ridge.
North Star restaurant doesn’t serve lunch, but they were more than accommodating by letting us in, seating us at their spacious and totally hip bar and making us primo burgers and fries. Of course being gluten-free, I passed on the bun. This place has great food and a really fun bar atmosphere featuring wonderful performers several nights each week. http://www.northstarny.com/
Sam and I sat and chatted—he related an old story of a Bryston integrated amp that he still owns—totally blown to bits years ago by a lightening strike—but Bryston fixed it no charge and he had it back and working flawlessly a week later (http://www.bryston.com/). Sam told stories of Russian clubs in Brooklyn, travels all around the world, his favorite olive oils (some Spanish and Turkish varieties are worth checking out)…
Sam likes classical music, some jazz, and popular music of the 1920’s and 1930’s. I told Sam The Legend about my Caprice and the reference sound system I was trying to complete—and such an idea I had!!
Sam, I said—would you be willing to check out a few of your favorite CD’s in the Caprice once its done—you know, offer a few comments on how I have done designing and tweaking the system?
It seems likely that the great Sam Tellig might well do just that—stay tuned!!