About Deep Groove Mono

Deep Groove Mono is a jazz record collector 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 collecting experience. Deep Groove Mono primarily focuses on jazz music originally released in the LP and 78 formats.

About the Author

Richard Capeless is a college math instructor located in Albany, New York. Born in 1980, he grew up listening to hip hop and developed his knowledge of the genre during high school, which eventually served as a gateway to jazz. Richard’s approach to the hobby is that of a sound engineer and DJ, and he is passionate about the history of music and audio. In 2019 he presented to the Audio Engineering Society on the life and legacy of recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder, and in 2020 he launched RVG Legacy, a website dedicated to preserving Van Gelder’s legacy. (Photo credit: A. Ofiaja)


Turntable Technics SL-1200MK2 modified for 78 R.P.M. playback
Cartridges & Styli Shure M35X cartridge with OEM stylus (MM conical @ 3 grams)
Shure M44-7 cartridge with Jico N44-E stylus (MM elliptical @ 3 grams)
Pickering V-15 cartridge (MM)
Pickering D1527 OEM stylus (2.7-mil conical @ 5 grams for 78s)
Pickering D1510 OEM stylus (1-mil conical @ 3.5 grams for vintage mono vinyl)
Phono Preamp Conductart OWL 1 (for 78s)
Integrated Amplifier Yamaha A-S501
Speakers Wharfedale Denton 80th Anniversary on Monoprice Monolith 28″ stands
Headphones Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
CD Player Sony CDP-291
Software iTunes (reluctantly) for digital library organization
Pro Tools subscription with Waves plugins for recording needledrops
Audio Interface Allen & Heath ZEDi-8
Digital Formats Apple Lossless (ALAC) for CD rips
24/88 needledrops bounced to 320kbps MP3s for web