|Some years ago I remember receiving a birthday card for the confirmed pessimist. It carried the wish that my birthday be ‘less bad than it probably will be’. Looking back at my February ‘bleak mid winter’ missive reminded me of this. Sorry.
A month later, and it all feels surprisingly different.
Reasons to be upbeat? Well look at these green shoots pictured above on the trees outside St Cecilia’s House. I spotted them on Saturday. Spring is underway, skies have been blue and most of us on the wrong side of sixty now seem to have received our first covid vaccine injections.
As a result of the populace being under house arrest since Christmas, the local infection rate seems to have tumbled quite dramatically too. Some degree of freedom is beginning to look like a possibility.
So, are supplies any better? Not especially, lead times are still extended, although we have just received a fair amount of fresh stock from Naim. If instant gratification for you involves NAP300DR, NAP250DR, NDX2 and / or Supernait3, we are in a position to make things happen.
The same holds for Chord TT2, M Scaler and Qutest. It’s good to talk . . .
Rega, ATC and Linn are still under pressure. Rega’s issues are mainly on the lower-end decks up to Planar 3 and they have stopped manufacturing the Elys 2 cartridge due to supply issues with the cantilevers. Exact is unaffected.
Dynaudio deliveries have started to arrive rather more rapidly. We received some more Heritage limited edition speakers but sold them before we could even get them on demonstration. More are in the pipeline.
We had a particularly uplifting response from a local customer who upgraded to a Naim NAC252 / Supercap DR / NAP 300DR on Friday and his description of being ‘in heaven’ right from the start warmed the cockles. It all needs to run in, of course, and will probably be going ‘off’ about now, but, on Saturday, with the sun, it all added to a sense that we can still get a buzz from what we do.