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Real-World Systems

Most of us reading this magazine play an instrument, whether as hobby or profession, and often dream of owning a handmade, custom-spec’d guitar, trumpet, snare or even a Steinway. But it usually boils down to the bucks: some got it and some don’t.

Sound equipment is the same. You can easily drop $50,000 and much more on a system that can faithfully render recordings of that custom ax with more detail than you can probably imagine-enough to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. However, just as most great music we hear is performed on instruments available to about anyone-Conn altos, like Bird’s, are still readily available on the used market-there is no denying the countless tingles to be had listening to “real-world” equipment-the stuff most of us can afford without having to get a second mortgage on our homes or our Selmer horns.

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