Author Archives: Richard Capeless

Heavyweights of Instagram: Interview with jrock1675


There’s a reason I decided to kick off Deep Groove Mono’s Heavyweights of Instagram series with jrock1675. Namely, when it comes to the “holy grails” of our hobby as suggested here on Deep Groove Mono, he has just about all of them. I considered naming them here to give readers a sense of just how prestigious his collection is… More→

Vinyl Spotlight: Lee Morgan, Candy (Original Mono Pressing)


It appears that along with a recent change in my philosophy of collecting has also come a change in my luck. I recently decided to go all in on creating the most authentic vintage mono jazz LP listening experience I could. This meant a new turntable (a gorgeous Garrard 301 which I have already secured), a separate component tonearm… More→

Deep Groove Mono Welcomes Our Newest Contributor, Charles Strong


Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together and give a warm welcome to our new contributor, Charles Strong of West Hartford, Connecticut! A Louisiana native, Charles grew up in a house filled with the sounds of his father’s collection of jazz and latin records. Charles grew up liking a lot of different kinds of music, then one day he had… More→

Deep Groove Mono and the Great Groove Width Mystery


Before stereo sounded the death knell of the mono format in the late 1960s, mono records were made with the intention of being played with a conical stylus measuring one thousandth of an inch, also known as 1 “mil”, at its longest radius. On the other hand, stereo records have always been made for styli with a smaller, more modern… More→

Post Update: “Groove Wear: The Elephant in the Record Store”


At the request of a couple passionate Deep Groove Mono readers, we have updated and expanded our article on groove wear to include sources and many other goodies. Mainly, there was a counterclaim that vintage cartridges did not track above 5 grams. Admittedly, this original claim of mine was more of a conjecture that lacked hard… More→