Happy New Year

Well, this web site came to life in January of 2016, and here it is January 2020. Hard to believe 4 years have passed by. It’s also hard to believe how much has actually changed for me in the past 4 years.

In March of 2016, as witnessed in one of my first blog posts, I purchased a beautiful bronze BMW X1. Since then, that car was traded in for a very nice 2015 X5, and once again, here in January 2020, that vehicle was traded in for a gorgeous 2017 white x5.

In 2017, we purchased our business, which has really taken off, nearly tripling in both size and sales. Check it out here.

Going forward armed with better tools with which to keep this site more current and relevant, I hope to share much more in the weeks and months to come.

Best wishes to all for a terrific new year filled with love, happiness and prosperity.


Vinyl Definitely Making a Comeback

With vinyl records seeing quite a resurgence in recent years, my ailing 1976 Technics SL-20 turntable, while not dead, has been determined to need some service assistance. Since I really wanted to be able to play vinyl reliably, I decided it was time to give the Technics a break, and look to an actual NEW turntable. Enter the Fluance RT-81…

Fluance, a Canadian company best known for its nice speaker systems, ventured into the turntable world through a Kickstarter initiative. They make available two offerings. I purchased the better of the two (RT-81 with improved cartridge).

I have to say, I’m thoroughly impressed with the build quality and sonics. I have to readily admit, it definitely bests my aging Technics (despite having identical cartridges).

One great lp to test on a new turntable is Perspectives in Percussion. A 1961 lp, aimed at bringing some great arrangements to vinyl, but with a heavy influence on percussion, and the use of channel separation to promote “STEREO”.

This 56-year old lp really sounds quite amazing. I wonder if it even sounded this good back then. Technology has definitely improved since then, but regardless, it gives the Fluance a chance to strut its stuff. Interesting in that I have this same recording on an original reel-to-reel tape, and it sounds amazing in this format. Not sure which one sounds best.

Very pleased.

New Year! New Domain!

With a new year upon us (2016), and the past year marking the end of our boating life, I felt it appropriate to let go of the “classiccommander.com” domain, and initiate one that was more reflective of where I am now with my hobbies – which has ALWAYS included music, and the machines that reproduce it. We’ll talk tape decks and music, and a whole lot more.

Welcome to Rob’s Reelz!