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An even bigger influence...

For me an even bigger influence than Peter Aczel was J. Peter Moncrieff of "International Audio Review". It's a bit ironic as his story arc was somewhat similar to Peter Aczel's - both lost credibility when they began selling their own products.

The very first person to write about tweaking was Enid Lumley in TAS. At the time what she was saying seemed so far-fetched that she was largely dismissed in an abusive way. However virtually everything she wrote is now an accepted part of high-end audio. J. Peter Moncrieff picked up the torch on this and was the only guy to really explore this in depth. Like Aczel, Moncrieff eventually decided that he knew more about equipment (capacitors in this case) than anyone else and started having them made to his specifications and reselling them for a handsome profit. After that there seemed to be a clear trend whereby equipment that used his parts received noticeably more positive reviews than equipment that didn't. It would seem that the results of that editorial strategy is fairly self-evident.

As always, strictly my personal opinion and not necessarily that of my employer or favorite magazine publisher.

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