Born late into my family, I had the wonderful opportunity of growing up listening to my older brother’s music. I’m sure this experience is where my love for guitar-driven rock started — listening to an 8-track of Axis and Starz in my brother’s metallic bronze Gran Torino with white vinyl top and white interior. Starsky and Hutch were jealous.
I’ll also never forget listening to my brother’s vinyl collection and really getting into Kiss – Hotter than Hell, Rock-n-Roll Over, ALIVE! I kept that Rock-n-Roll Over sticker on my bedroom window throughout my childhood. The ’70s produced great memories for me, as I watched the birth and growth of hard rock and metal.
I’ve always been into vinyl and have quite a collection. During the days of my bachelorhood, I spent many a weekend spinning vinyl on my Kenwood “The Rock” turntable with friends. But later in life, as marriage and a family began, I realized that large stereo systems and speakers were just not practical, so began my hunt for some earphones.
My first quality pair of IEMs were the Soundmagic PL30, found and recommended by head-fi’s |joker|. What a great, cheap pair of earphones they were, and they spawned in me a passion and love for personal audio. That passion has seen me through owning, borrowing, and selling dozens and dozens of IEMs, along with a few different pieces of gear. While I have since discovered my preferred signature and own a few choice models, I continue to enjoy discovering new products and sharing my thoughts about them on head-fi and now here on CYMBACAVUM.
It’s all just a quest to infuse the Les Paul and Marshall stack with the brain…