jimcrane

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Favorite Female vocals that give you goose bumps
kd lang singing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah". I agree with Shadorne about Joan Baez singing Diamonds and Rust and would also suggest some of her earlier work on Bob Dylan songs.Then, to go in another direction entirely, there are those songs that ... 
What to fill Skylan stands with for Harbeth SHL5s
I believe that Noel at Skylan recommends clay kitty litter. Try calling him and asking; he's a great guy and easy to deal with. 
Jazz Piano Trio / Spanish Guitar
Many, many good suggestions above. I'd add the following trios/quartets:Bill Evans: Sunday at the Village Vanguard (a classic)Marcus Roberts: The Truth is Spoken Here (his piano solo cd "Alone with Three Giants" is a special favorite)Brad Mehldau:... 
Time to change. But to what?
Based on your description of what you're aiming for, you might want to audition some Harbeths. 
Stands for harbeth superHL5
RGS92, while I can't directly answer your 6-23 post because I haven't actually listened to the speakers on both Skylans and Sound Anchors, I can suggest that if you do some more research on the web, including the Harbeth Users Group comments acces... 
Who is your overall favorite guitarist?
I'm with Casey33: John Fahey! 
Golden Ear award for $55 speaker tweak
I think my experience captures some of the earlier posts. A poster with the moniker "Bald Eagle" at the Vintage Asylum at Audio Asylum suggested this tweak. I bought some self-adhesive felt at Home Depo, sized it, and placed it along the sides of ... 
Just purchased Usher Be-718. Need Help with Setup
You should look into Skylan stands. They're well-regarded, and the owner, Noel, will customize them to fit your speakers. Noel is a pleasure to deal with. His stands are well within your budget. 
smoother, liquidy sound CAP 101 or MF A3.2?
I own the CAP-101 and use it with Harbeth M30's to my great satisfaction. As Ryder said, if you want smooth and warm, Classe is the way to go. 
Audio Dealers in Greater Portland OR Area
I visited several establishments over the past several months to audition speakers. Each provided friendly, low-key, professional, and helpful service: Stereotypes (Brett) for ProAc; Marigo Audio (Ron) for Intuitive Design; Pearl Audio (Devin) for... 
Who is your favorite jazz pianist
As Dopogue said, there are too many great ones out there. I'd include Gene Harris and Joe Zawinul among my favorites. Gene's "Live at Maybeck" disk, and Joe's songs "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" and "The Country Preacher" with Cannonball Adderly are absol... 
Audio Dealers in Greater Portland OR Area
My experience with Fred's has been the same as Jamnperry's and Rbstehno's. Maybe someone should forward this thread to Fred. 
Most achingly-beautiful music
Well, I expect to have stones thrown at me for these suggestions, but I think the melodies are simply and yearningly beautiful:Canon in D -- PachelbelWaltz from Sleeping Beauty Ballet -- TschaikovskyAs a conductor once commanded: OK, let's play it... 
Best of Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan
Here's a second vote for Ella Fitzgerald's The Harold Arlen Songbook, particularly her version of Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love). Her phrasing of the vowel sounds in that song is especially seductive.Jim Crane 
Best lines in a song
When you ain't got nothin', you got nothin' to loseBob Dylanor, as Kristofferson put it (and Janis sang it best):Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose