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October 2018

David Gans Interview of John Curl

  October 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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The Shops at Hilltop, 2200 Hilltop Mall Road
Richmond, CA 94806 United States
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November 2018

Parasound’s Richard Schram and John Curl

  November 10, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Please join us at The Shops at Hilltop for another great event with Richard Schram and John Curl of Parasound.

John Curl will focus on the inspiration for the design, the design of, and the evaluation of the JC 5, a 400 WPC stereo amplifier.    Richard will then discuss the soon to be released ZPhono  XRM and will talk about the larger context and theme of Parasound’s commitment to vinyl reproduction as he will have 4 phono preamps before the end of the year.

As usual, we will open it up for a Q&A once John and Richard have finished their chat.

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The Shops at Hilltop, 2200 Hilltop Mall Road
Richmond, CA 94806 United States
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December 2018

End of Year Party

  December 8, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Leslie’s Audiophile Garage, 16 Charles Hill Cir
Orinda, CA 94563 United States
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January 2019

Amplifier Class – Build Your Own EL84 Amp

  January 19 @ 12:00 am - January 31 @ 12:00 am

The October Muse Tech Talk is about a great DIY opportunity.  David Hicks writes: “I was fortunate enough to take one of Ed’s phono stage building classes at the Randall, and I can say, I learned a lot, met some great people who became friends, and had a ton of fun and ended up with a terrific piece of audio equipment.”

Edwin is announcing a new amplifier class:

I am pleased to announce a new tube audio DIY class at San Francisco’s Randall Museum.

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Phono Stage Shoot Out

  January 26 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Phono Stage Shootout at The Shops at Hilltop in Richmond.

Please join us at The Shops at Hilltop in Richmond for a phono Stage Shootout.  We haven’t had a good old fashioned shoot out in a while, so on January 26, 2019 we’ll make it happen! 

Thanks to everyone who offered a phono stage for the shootout!  We had a lot of great offerings, but we had to trim the list down to a manageable number for a three-hour event.  We have a great lineup of equipment with a broad spectrum of price points including in no particular order:

Vendetta SCP-2
Parasound Zphono XRM – $595
CH-Precision P1  –  $31,000
Merrill Caileigh – $5,000 
NAD pp2  –  $170
Whest ll  – $1700
Ming Da – $2,500
Aesthetix Rhea – $4,000

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The Shops at Hilltop, 2200 Hilltop Mall Road
Richmond, CA 94806 United States
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February 2019

POSTPONED – Second Line Vinyl Pressing Plant Tour – POSTPONED

  February 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Mastering Engineer Piper Payne

  February 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us at The Shops at Hilltop for a fascinating presentation by Mastering Engineer Piper Payne. 

Piper is the Owner and Chief Mastering Engineer of Neato Mastering in Oakland where she works on albums for independent artists and major labels.  In addition, Piper is the keeper of Quality Control and a consultant for many vinyl record pressing plants. She recently finished her term as President of the SF Chapter of the Recording Academy and serves on the P&E Wing Steering Committee and the Advisory Council. She is a newly elected Governor of the Audio Engineering Society and she is the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the AES’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and she is on the committee of the AES SF Chapter as well as an active member of Women’s Audio Mission. Piper is an audio professor and guest lectures often about mastering and recording.

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The Shops at Hilltop, 2200 Hilltop Mall Road
Richmond, CA 94806 United States
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March 2019

Stirling Trayle – Audio Systems Optimized

  March 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Specialist in Audio System Optimization

Please join us at The Shops at Hilltop for a fascinating event with Stirling Trayle.  Stirling, as you may recall from Kevin Olson’s post in the May, 2018 Muse, is someone that is an expert in optimizing your existing audio system.  Stirling will get the best sound from your current system using techniques he has mastered during his extensive audio career.  Stirling’s diligence and painstaking attention to detail will get the most out of your system and he’s willing to share his experience and expertise with us.

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The Shops at Hilltop, 2200 Hilltop Mall Road
Richmond, CA 94806 United States
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