I was visiting my parents this weekend unwind and just catch up a bit.
Dad, the source for my hi-fi aspirations, was one to continually make sure music was wafting through the house while growing up. This time, he was easing into the late afternoon with The Lush Side Of Cannonball. The music was a sublime wave of peaceful beauty.
Dad’s system is comprised of a Fisher X-1000 Integrated Amp (w/EL34 tube), Fisher FM-1000 Tuner, Empire Turntable, Denon 103 Cartridge, A23 Step Up and Bozak Loudspeakers. Despite replacing an Empire cartridge (ok, I admit..I broke it when I was 15) and adding the ‘103 & A23 SUT, the system has remained constant through the years.
Dad has been listening to.. enjoying.. cherishing… this hi-fi since November 18, 1963 when he picked it up from Leonard Radio at 69 Cortlandt Street in New York City’s Radio Row (ironically, only a few short years later in 1966, it was demolished to make room for the World Trade Center). He bought it with hard earned cash while working as a commercial artist and it’s been serving him well. To say he has enjoyed his money’s worth would be an understatement.
Mindblowingly, John Coltrane was over in New Jersey on this exact day, in Rudy Van Gelders’ studio. He was at the mike recording Alabama which, although a studio recording, is featured on Live At Birdland.
Late last year, though, I recommended he get the X-1000 checked up to make sure it’s performing optimally. With a gingerly pace, I packed up the amp and sent it off to Mike Zuccaro, who did a stellar job bringing the amp back to spec. Thanks Mike.
Anyway, always one to think I have something to do, it was tough to resist the urge to mosey back to the office and whittle away at my ‘to do’ list. Hindsight always the wiser, the items on my daily agenda could have easily waited a bit longer.
They always can.
Someday I will certainly wish I had stayed a bit longer, to enjoy side B with Dad.