I have just returned from Japan which means that I woke up at 3am. I stand up, go to the living room and turn on my stereo.
This year I finally upgraded my 20 year old amplifier from Krell. I got myself a McIntosh MA8900 which is a fantastic device. It works excellent with all kind of music but it is truly outstanding when it comes to acoustic music and piano and guitar in particular. To listen to an acoustic live record gives me goosebumps.
I took those pictures in the Yodobashi Akiba store in Akihabara, Tokyo. Yodobashi camera is the biggest camera and electronic store in the world. Nothing comes even close. Every time when I’m in Japan I have to go there. But this trip I spent even more time there as usual because the weather was poor and I still had a cold when I arrived. So it was better to stay inside.
This is the first blog post from my Yodobashi visits. I visited three different ones this time. Yodobashi Akiba, Yodobashi Umeda and their shops in Shinjuku close to my hotel.
This blog post is about guitars. I have tried but failed to learn to play the guitar as a teenager. I still love listen to the instrument but I never realised how beautiful they can look. So when I strolled through Yodobashi and passed their instrument section I had to take some images. If you look at the EXIF data you will see that I brought the XF 16/1.4 WR this time instead of the XF 14/2.8 R because I expected to be inside most of the time.
Right beside the Gibson guitars there were Gibson loudspeakers on display. I don’t know anything about their sound but they for sure look beautiful and shiny.
While I’m writing this I’m listing to “Love Is Strange” from Jackson Browne and David Lindley and my stereo sounds better than ever thanks to Yodobashi but that’s another story that will be told here soon.