With audio shops disappearing faster than the lines on a well-shaken etch-a-sketch, it's refreshing to see a new audio shop opening. And when that shop happens to be in your own hometown, it's time for a loud and hopefully, well-noticed call out.
Crescendo Fine Audio opened a week ago in Boulder, CO. Located in a mall, next to a very fine Ethiopian restaurant. The small shop specializes in analog, both LP and tape. When I visited Crescendo I saw a VPI Traveler and a fully functional Pioneer RT-707 reel-to-reel tape recorder among the go-to source components.
Currently Crescendo features gear from Naim, DynAudio, Tannoy, Audio Research, VPI, Wadia, Project, Sonos, Marantz, Denon, and Kimber Kable. Josh Raderman, one of the co-owners, told me that Crescendo had already sold more than a ½ dozen VPI Traveler turntables even before they had officially opened for business because they were one of the only dealers west of the Mississippi who had any in stock.
Crescendo also has a nice headphone listening area that features Grado Headphones. One of Crescendo's other specialties is a selection of collectable LPs for sale culled from Josh Raderman's extensive personal record collection. According to Crescendo's website, Raderman, "is a serious record collector as well, and has amassed one if the finest collections of pre 1960′s classical performances as well as countless obscure titles that will surely intrigue the most seasoned listener."
Before opening Crescendo Fine Audio with his partner, Matt Alterman, Raderman was a sales and installation specialist at the venerable Denver audio store, Listen-up. He was one of the first people I knew of who could re-program a Logitech Squeezebox so it would integrate seamlessly into a legacy audio system. Although Crescendo plans to specialize in analog, Raderman's background in computer and wireless audio means that the shop is more than just a retro focus. They even have the latest DynAudio Xeo 3 wireless bookshelf speaker system on prominent display.
Besides their regular store hours, Crescendo has an ambitious series of evening events planned, including vinyl "listening parties," record swaps, and even seminars featuring Boulder's nationally-recognized mastering and recording engineers as well as members of the international audio press.
If you live in or plan to visit in the Boulder-Denver area, a trip to Crescendo Fine Audio should give you a reason to smile.