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Spending time with Fern & Roby for a factory tour, film, and interviews

By | November 19th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Virginia is for Lovers.

That’s what the bumper sticker said on the car in front of me.

The air was muggy, and charged with electricity as the windshield wipers tried to clear the rain from a summer thunderstorm. I was sitting with Christopher Hildebrand, and Sara Moriarty in their station wagon idling at a traffic light; that’s when I noticed the slogan. As I took in the scene of strip malls, and gas stations my mind wandered past the lowland forests in the distance, and the surrounding countryside gave way in the unseeable distance to the rolling Appalachian hills of the Blue Ridge mountains made famous by John Denver so many years before.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2017: Fern & Roby’s Tredegar turntable impacts Chicago

By | May 12th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

There was something special happening in the Fern & Roby room shared with Voxativ in Chicago, and it kept me coming back for more. The turntables that Christopher Hildebrand, and cohort Jesse Brown had brought from Richmond, Virginia not only looked amazing, they did that thing where they sounded amazing.

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Fern & Roby Tredegar Turntable, starting at $10,500 USD.

The analog translation duties were being handled through Voxativ T-211 amplifier with Oshima transformers ($22,900 USD, $31,400 CAN) and 97dB Zeth-B loudspeakers ($17,000 USD, $24,500 CAN), and had palpable emotional weight, texture, and rocksteady pitch.… Read the full article

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