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In Reply to: RE: An interesting read: The $1 million stereo system posted by SamA on January 13, 2024 at 06:36:20
There's a shot of the house, and there's an ILLUMINATED sign on a pole in front of the house: "The Fritz's"
The proper usage would be the plural, to represent the family as a whole.
Such a plural, in English, is made by adding "es."
As on, one person named Marks, but two Markses.
But instead of "The Fritzes" the sign says "The Fritz's."
As in, "There is only one Fritz who matters, and this house is his."
What a Narcissistic, Solipsistic, Excretory Human Body Part.
With all those drivers in a home-made array (five cabinets across the front???), it must sound like a loud, bassy, Dog's Breakfast.
I haven't seen the WP piece but I saw the YT video of his system when it came out and I just re-watched it. The worst thing I could say about Mr. Fritz from that video is that he very much an audiophile! He has his ideas and, whether they are the best ideas or not, goes over-the-top to fulfill them. In this case he had the resources to really go OTT. I suspect the hobby would be well populated with similar characters if they had the same resources.
As for narcissism, I think anyone who posts on an audio forum has that, whether to boast about their gear, their opinions or knowledge. Let alone bloggers and reviewers. Or to criticize someone using big words. And I've done that too so I'm not casting a stone.
You must realize that his use of the apostrophe is a contraction....just like his sometimes brutal and driven personality.
Certainly not the way I'd do things John but I'd never discus the sound of a system I've never heard. I always am disturbed by reviewers who knock the sound of a system at a show where you never know what problems there are. And besides he may have hurt the business of a system that sounds good other wise.
And you over did the literacy question. Correcting him was sort of OK but one sentence would have been enough especially since this is an audiophile site with a bunch of us crazies, not an English class.
I'll stick with my assessment for the above reason.
I have been in two of the most legendary mastering studios on this planet, and both of them, in fact, had loudspeakers from Duntech (one later switched to Egglestonworks).
One studio was a stereo set-up; the other one had three identical speakers across the front for remastering 3-channel tapes, plus two smaller same-brand speakers at the rear for surround.
I can only imagine what the famous Kavi Alexander Water Lily Arturo Delmoni solo-violin LP of works of Bach, Kreisler, and Ysaye would sound like on Mr. Fritz's Frankensystem.
I am prepared to assume that a multi-mic'ed orchestral recording would sound impressive and immersive. But... you see my point. If the Fritz Way was the way to Sonic Truth, we would see it in mastering studios.
I was just emailing a music colleague, and I wrote:
Yes, I have known about the guy for quite some time.
I think it's a sad story.
If you ever want an engrossing deeply personal look at the 78rpm record-collecting hobby, this is the best book--by a "Rock Chick" "Do Not Sell at Any Price." [link]
and, precisely because she is a "Rock Chick," she said what everybody else was afraid to say in public:
That record collecting (and obsessing about one's stereo equipment) is not only profoundly testosterone-related; the guys who are into it most deeply, are on the Asperger's or Autism Spectrums.
The guy tortures his family, and organizes his own life around his SOLITARY obsession. My guess is that he would have been very uncomfortable in the lobby before a Symphony performance.
For a lot less money than he spent on his system, in the same time frame, he could have taken his wife to the Czech Philharmonic for a 4-day wknd, and then the next month the Bavarian Opera, and so on and so forth. "Concert Hall of the Month."
That would have been at most a $50,000 a year hobby, back then.
Now, testosterone and high-functioning Asperger's or Autism can also be associated with "good at math and problem solving." But, guys such as he give the hobbies bad names.
"legendary mastering studios"
Gateway? And which other?
We are inclusive and diverse, but dissent will not be tolerated.
. . . like to seize our opportunities whenever we can! ;-)
I can't find the words to tell how upset I am.
that explains a bunch
Hi, this is where the Hifi hobby gets fun,spending the least for your efforts and comparing them with the Crystal Cable Crowd. I found some Vifa 6.5 coax's made in Denmark for 25 bucks in Parts Express.I don't think they make them there anymore.One sheet of plywood for 30 bucks made with a table saw my buddy threw away.I followed the dimensions of a Weems/Voight pipe in a Weems book and put a little egg crate foam rubber on the bottom.These speakers are so rare,there's only one pair,that there worth a million dollars to me.I had more fun making than buying.Thats how this hobby should go.It works that way with cars too....Mark Korda
I quote Wikipedia (all bold emphases below are mine BTW):From the 16th century, following French practice, the apostrophe was used when a vowel letter was omitted either because of incidental elision ("I'm" for "I am") or because the letter no longer represented a sound ("lov'd" for "loved"). English spelling retained many inflections that were not pronounced as syllables, notably verb endings ("-est", "-eth", "-es", "-ed") and the noun ending "-es", which marked either plurals or possessives , also known as genitives. . . An apostrophe followed by "s" was often used to mark a plural ; specifically, the Oxford Companion to the English Language notes thatMaybe this audiophile guy was also into Washington Irving? Hence, "The Fritz's"! ;-)
There was formerly a respectable tradition (17th to 19th centuries) of using the apostrophe for noun plurals , especially in loanwords ending in a vowel (as in ... Comma's are used , Philip Luckcombe, 1771) and in the consonants s, z, ch, sh, (as in waltz's and cotillions , Washington Irving, 1804)... [also BTW for letter plurals - A's, B's, etc. - and number plurals - 1's, 2's. etc.]
In any case (and contrary to what The Oxford Companion to the English Language indicates!), this type of usage did not completely die out in the 19th century, and even survives in the names of some of our 21st-century sports teams, where the apostrophe is clearly being used to form the plural, not the possessive:
As for your own surname, I can understand why "Markses" might be preferable to "Marks's" to indicate the plural, although maybe you ought to try the latter sometime - you might actually grow to like it! ;-)
But his description of him seems to have a LOT
more to do with him beyond just a ', and seems apt.
"Once this was all Black Plasma and Imagination" -Michael McClure
Occasionally, the late, great (and acerbic) Florence King was critical of NR's punctuation. NR insists on "Charles's birthday," for example, and not "Charles' birthday." (That is the first rule in Strunk & White, too.) She torched one of NR's overbearing editors for being "an apostrophe-ess-hole." ~:)
"There is only one Fritz who matters, and this house is his."
Yes, his family was made painfully aware of that.
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