About Deep Groove Mono
Deep Groove Mono is a vintage jazz record collecting blog designed, developed, written, and maintained independently by Richard Capeless. Deep Groove Mono aims to provide collectors with unprecedented resources related to their hobby, and to document the author’s record collecting experience. Deep Groove Mono focuses on vintage pressings of classic jazz LPs originally released between the years of 1955 and 1965, roughly. The name of the blog is a synthesis of two telltale characteristics of many vintage jazz records. A “deep groove” is a circular indentation in the label area of many of these records, while “mono” describes the single-channel audio format that was popular during this time.
The author’s audio playback system consists of the following:
Turntable: Technics SL-1200MK2
Cartridge: Shure M35X (conical stylus) tracking at 3 grams and Shure M97xE (elliptical) at 1.5 grams
Integrated Amplifier: Marantz Model 1090
Speakers: Technics SB-SL701
Headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
The author would like to thank the following individuals for their help in creating Deep Groove Mono:
Andy at London Jazz Collector for his expertise, inspiration, support and encouragement, and for showing me that there is value in documenting one’s experiences as a record collector online,
Giorgio “Dottor Jazz” Sarchi for recommending me to Andy, for without his suggestion this blog might not exist,
Al Perlman for being an inspiration in both record collecting and blogging,
Michael Cuscuna, Fred Cohen, Steve Hoffman, and Kevin Gray for their correspondence and feedback,
Bob Djukic for the long email conversations related to the philosophy at the core of the site,
Chris Reisman for sharing his experiences as a record dealer with me over the years,
Matthew Bertolino, Audrey Gennaro, Chris Lewis, Aja Lownes, and Leon Ferri for their advice on all matters professional and creative,
Timothy Dillon and Il-Young Son for helping to explain the ABC’s of web development,
Richard Capeless III and Ryan Lewis Merritt for volunteering their expert proofreading services,
Brian Patneaude and Daniel Florek for sharing their jazz wisdom with me over the years,
Pam and Ken Relyea for supporting me in my creative life and patiently listening to every single idea that pops into my head; and last but not least,
Rudy Van Gelder for his inspiration as a self-made man who loved his work, and for creating one of the most beautiful, awe-inspiring collections of recorded music the world has ever heard.
About the Author
Richard Capeless is a math tutor located in Queens, New York. Born in 1980, his interest in jazz grew from his love of hip hop, and his adoration for the LP format is tied to a strong identification with the foregone decades of the ’50s and ’60s. While Richard primarily approaches the hobby as a sound engineer and DJ, he also enjoys learning about jazz theory and history.