Re: OT - Can't we all agree????
- From: Sacqueboutier <nospam@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 17:53:59 -0400
On 2008-06-23 16:06:37 -0400, "donrice@xxxxxxxxxx" <Don Rice> said:
On Sun, 22 Jun 2008 06:25:43 -0400, Sacqueboutier <nospam@xxxxxxxxxxx>
On 2008-06-22 02:31:21 -0400, Don Rice <donrice@xxxxxxxxxx> said:
If there is so much hostility and anger concerning two certain rmcr
posters, why is it that I keep wandering into threads which they have
started or try to hijack? The reason is that so many decent, honorable,
informed, music-loving posters cannot restrain themselves from
responding to some outrageous assertion by one or the other of the two
undesirables. I have them both killfiled long ago but I see their
blatherings again and again as others respond and quote them in their
Is is possible to restrain yourself and NOT respond? Is it possible to
ignore posts from those two?
A very substantial part of the flaming that clutters up the group would
disappear and we might be able to get back to discussing classical
music recorded or otherwise.
(to email me, put a "1" between the "don" and the "rice")
I used to correspond with one of the posters to which you refer.
I responded quite cordially and communicated through email
and traded music for a while. I chose to refrain from the more
inflammatory threads. I neither dumped on him, nor defended
him. For this, he decided to dump on me. Now, I choose to
ignore him. I've PLONKED him and only see his posts through
the replies from others.
I guess that's what you get for communicating with a person with a
borderline (maybe not so borderline) psychotic personality. (Perhaps
he's only suffering from bipolar disorder since he varies in his
thoughts of grandeur and omnipotence, rarely to making actually
sensible comments.) As I noted in my original post, I've plonked him
months ago along with my second undesirable, "td".
I've observed your thoughtful and measured responses to Powell over
the months and admired your restraint and civility despite obvious
reasons to respond otherwise.
My "complaint" is that a great deal of the activity at rmcr has lately
been conditioned by the meglomaniacal and compulsive postings by
Powell. Reasoned, enlightening (and enlightened) and thoughtful
discourse has happened here occasionally. I am only trying to increase
the percentage of that "genre" of activity here.
Actually, I've always chosen to exercise tolerance.
Jeff is who he is. I was fine until he decided to
dump on me.
As for the bipolar disorder, I don't think so.
He strikes me as more Asperger's Syndrome
than anything else, but a very mild case.
As a former teacher, I saw a lot of this. It
manifested itself in various ways, including
difficulty in relating to others socially. Due to
this possibility (not definite), I always chose
to deal with Jeff as fairly and evenly as I could.
I accepted his generosity and gave same, and
we corresponded well.
We got along and traded music. Some of his
files, I liked. Others I didn't. I think I was pretty
honest about what I liked and not.
He's right about one thing. Most CDs are mastered
with an edge. I remedy that with a slight adjustment
in EQ. I think Jeff goes a bit too far, and removes
too much audio information. That, and the compression
to mp3, are what cause the curious watery sound.
The rest is simply taking too much from the midrange
to balance the harmonics (his words).
Perhaps these files sound fine on his system. I'm
sure they do, but most don't sound good on mine.
As we traded, he was often generous in providing
unaltered files. I always expressed my appreciation,
and shared likewise. For a while, he seemed to
be toning down his approach and the files were
sounding pretty good, better in fact than the originals.
But lately, they're all mastered and a very low level
and sound hollow on my system.
As for his grandiose posturing here, I usually
ignore it. He and his partner designed a fine
jazz sax mouthpiece. Many players like it,
including some of the finest jazz players around.
On the other hand, the design had no influence
on the designs of any other instrument mouthieces.
The sax players I know do not play the Guardala.
It's too loud for concert band work. They all agree
that it's a good mouthpiece.
Does this translate into "revolutionizing" the industry?
Is he the most important design engineer in the
music industry? That's for the industry to decide.
I know he had/has plans to start a company designing
quality student instruments (I think). If so, I wish
him well. Really good student instruments are needed.
Overall, I feel I've tempered my responses quite well.
I'm glad to see you noticed. I don't want to dump on
Jeff. I simply choose to leave him be.
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