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GTA Audiophile Club: An Evening of Bistecca alla Fiorentina & Kondo M7 / IO-M

 Date: Jul 20, 2012






Component Debut:

Turntable: JC Verdier La Platine Vintage with modified armboard & armblock
Toenarm: Reed 2A 12" Ebony
Cartridge: Kondo IO-M
Step up transformer: Kondo KSL-SFz
Phono Stage: Kondo M7 with Telefunken 12AX7 & 12AU7
Wine: Bannockburn Geelong Pinot Noir
Single Malt: Bowmore 25 Yrs Old


Comments form Louis:

"We pulled off one of the best (and I will go out on a limb here), possibly the best impromptu Friday night gathering the GTA Audiophile Club has ever witnessed. It was a perfect evening.  We are blessed with perfect weather for an outdoor BBQ. I saw the Green Nuclear Reactor in action for the first time and it reached temperatures of 750 F which can only be surpassed by John's brick pizza oven.   My humble gas BBQ can never generate the searing power and flavour of a real charcoal BBQ. The evening's menu:


     Sliced tomatoes with onions and basil

     Grilled calamari salad

     Fried salmon cake with lime sauce
     Marinated Octopus Salad with Diana's moked steelhead

     Thick sliced smoked bacon appetizer

     Bistecca alla Fiorentina - 3 x 2" thick porterhouse steaks (28~44 days aged, US and Canadian beef from Jacob's and Pusateris)

     Rapini with garlic

     Water, juice, ginger ale, sparkling water,

     Cake from Amadeus Fine Cakes - Duet (Flourless) soft coconut meringue with coconut mousse, diced pineapple and praline cream.

     Berries and ontario peaches with lemon and optional whipped cream

     Espresso and/or drip coffee and/or tea

     2003 Bannockburn Geelong Pinot Noir

     25yr old Bowmore Single Malt Scotch

The star of the evening was the Bistecca served medium rare. It was definitely one of the best, melt in the mouth and most flavourful steaks I have ever had. The dessert cake was to die for.


Then we went on to an evening of great music. The debut of the Kondo M7 Phono stage and the KSL-SFz step up transformer, together with the Kondo IO-M cartridge. Compared to the EMT, Klyne, and Jean Nantais' Lenco,  which is a great sounding combo in its own right, the Kondo / Reed on the JC Verdier La Platine Vintage turntable is just that much more engaging. The music takes on more warmth, body and resolution. The Kondo chain is a winner. Len's music library is the envy of any vinyl collectors.


Len, thank you for a fine evening, your hospitality is unmatched. I had an amazing time.  Thanks to all you fine gentlemen, we are truly so much more than just an Audio club.   It is a fine display of friendship, & fine hospitality with good people"











The evening starts with a fine meal, with each person contributing a dish.




Smoke Stealhead Trout from Diana's Seafood










This is the backyard Nuclear Fusion generator, powered with charcoal fuel rods.

Core temperatures reaches 750 F.






Conan the Barbarian in live action.






Here's the finished product, it makes Wagyu beef look like a cakewalk.   The steaks came from three sources:


1) Pusateris - Porterhouse aged for 35 days

2) Jacob's Steak House - Porterhouse aged for 45 days, Alberta Beef

3) Jacob's Steak House - Porterhouse aged for 45 days, US Beef






"Here's to good friends !"





















  After dinner, we have music coming from the JC Verdier La Platine Vintage side by side the Jean Nantais' Lenco.







After dinner, time for the Bowmore Islay Single Malt - 25 yrs old.






























































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