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A Very Merry Christmas!

It’s on the way, folks – Christmas cheer and a thoughtful point or two…

I’d just like to quickly say “Merry Christmas!” to you all. Even if Christmas isn’t part of your creed. No matter. The good wishes and goodwill should be universal. Especially after the year we’ve had.

I hope you find the time to relax, enjoy yourself and share the company of friends and family…depending on what sort of bubble you’ve recently created for yourself.

I also wanted to thank you for your support. Not just for this year but since I staggered onto the scene, all those years ago. It’s been nice to have your company during the journey and I raise my glass to you for all of your help, contributions and comments during that time.

Finally, if you find yourself alone this Christmas, I want to extend my support to you. If not in physical terms then at least in spirit. I wouldn’t be so hubristic to state a solution for that but there are a few, er, audiophile hints and tips I can suggest.

If you’re a reader, buy or reserve a book or two from your favourite author to one side and get yourself lost in the literary world during the festive period.

For TV fans, I would suggest doing the same with a box set or three. Something light-hearted maybe? Something cuddly and reassuring? As a fan of classic Hollywood, I’ve been particularly enjoying the works of Busby Berkeley, for example. Wonderful escapist fare.

For those who don’t normally partake, may I also suggest YouTube? I know, a lot of you probably don’t go there but YouTube can…can be a comfort. The reason? Because it can be ‘personal TV’. And specialist covering everything from hi-fi to cooking, car maintenance to gardening. You name it, basically.

You need to do a bit of searching and filtering to find your favourites and there’s a lot of dross on the platform but there’s also a range of good people over there who spend a lot of time producing quality work.

The thing about YouTube is this, if you find a person that connects to you, you can strike up a sort of viewer relationship with the presenter. Mostly because you see that same face every time. You get to know them, their little ways, their humour and style and, if you connect and you enjoy the content, they can, in some ways, be a comfort if you’re alone.

Just a thought.

But enough of my rambling. I wish you the very best over the festive period and also a very peaceful and secure New Year. I look forward to your company in 2021.


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    Matt Gibson
    20th December 2020 at 10:51 am

    Cheers Paul and thanks for the best wishes. Thanks also for the advice, tips and reviews you’ve provided throughout a difficult year for all. I’m sure I am not the only one who found them a wonderful distraction at times throughout the year, taking our minds off the day to day stuff we all had to deal with in different ways and stages of lockdowns.
    I hope you and those you hold dear stay safe through this period, and have a wonderful Christmas together, whether that be under the same roof or virtually. And once 2021 rolls around I hope it’s a much better year for us all, although following on from 2020 it’s a low bar to beat lol.

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      Paul Rigby
      20th December 2020 at 10:57 am

      Thanks for your thoughts, Matt. Appreciate it.

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    20th December 2020 at 11:38 am

    Best Wishes, Paul, for a very Merry Christmas. Pour yourself a large one on Christmas Day; after the year we’ve all had, I reckon we all deserve a large one!

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    Paul Reichel
    20th December 2020 at 11:53 am

    Hi Paul Nice thing that you have done here. To you and yours a safe and Merry Christmas. And keep the content coming in the new year; You are one of about 5/6 publishing on music and hifi whose content I always look forward to – not always (but mainly) agree with – but welcome it always. Cheers

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    Chris Ryan
    20th December 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Thanks for the Xmas wishes all the very best to you

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    20th December 2020 at 12:14 pm

    Cheers Paul you really have provided some great info the last post on CD players was the cream of the crop who would have thought cd would become a niche product how about a follow on regarding pure cd transports

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    Steve Sykes
    20th December 2020 at 12:17 pm

    A very Merry Christmas to you too Mr Rigby.

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    20th December 2020 at 1:20 pm

    Have a very Merry Christmas Paul! Keep up the great work in 2021! Always enjoy reading these reviews.

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    Ian Barber
    20th December 2020 at 3:39 pm

    Wishing You and Yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Paul Rigby. I have a Graham Slee Reflex M phonostage on loan for the next two weeks, so I will be testing it out on my small collection of lp’s ( with basic, and PSU 1 power supplies ). That should keep me busy for a while . Cheers

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      Paul Rigby
      20th December 2020 at 3:50 pm

      Many thanks Ian, let me know how you get on.

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    20th December 2020 at 7:08 pm

    There’s only one Paul Rigby and we’re damned lucky to have you in our midst. Such sane advice you’ve written there too which just goes to show yet again what a fine person you are. Keep the chats coming in 2021 and please do have a brilliant Christmas. You deserve it!


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    Simon Henstock
    21st December 2020 at 1:21 am

    Merry Christmas. Your articles and videos have been a big help to me over the past year.

    I’m currently enjoying the NAD C 558 turntable I bought last week. It’s a huge upgrade from the Sony I was using and I can’t think of a better spent £400.

    I’ll recommend a few books for those who are thinking of reading:

    John Steinbeck, East of Eden
    Stephen King, Needful Things
    Stephen King, Christine
    Douglas Kennedy, The Big Picture
    Richard Wright, Native Son
    Robert Llewellyn, The Man on Platform Five

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    Behzad Rahimi
    21st December 2020 at 8:18 am

    Thanks Paul , wish you and your familly all the best for 2021 and keen to hear your new advices in new year

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