08 DecSunday2013


Wisconsin Illinois Musical Antique Phonograph Society Report

By Joan Rolfs

Our December meeting was held on a very snowy day at Paragon Video and Stereo which was founded by Steve and Mary Puntillo in 1988 (Steve has owned Hi-Fi stores since 1973). They built Paragon out of a passion for offering quality audio and video products that are a cut above the rest. Steve has always had a passion for vintage electronics, which drives him to repair many older pieces which would otherwise be thrown away. That same passion helps Paragon choose products which are built to last. Steve also loves teaching people about the history of electronics, and that is what motivated him to start his museum project. If you are in the Madison Wisconsin area it is worth a visit to Paragon. Mary is a pioneer in Madison, who was offering custom installation and home theater systems when few had heard of these terms. She has a long list of clients who have smiles on their faces because she found solutions nobody else was able to think of. Visit their website at: www.paragonvideoandstereo.com

WISC TV from Madison, Wisconsin covered the highlights of the meeting. These included a demonstration of a Tinfoil phonograph by Robin Rolfs, a talk on antique microphones by Steve Puntillo, an informative presentation by Don Mahoney on telegraphy and demonstrated Morse code with early equipment, and Jim Kirchstein (owner of Cuca Records) gave a presentation on the process of mastering and pressing vinyl records.

Members approved the printing of WIMAPS T-shirts & sweat shirt by special order only. The order form will be in the February/March issue of the Badger Talking Machine Newsletter.

The day continued with a visit through five inches of snow to the home of Scott and Lisa Malawski to view his outstanding collection. Scott shared his knowledge of phonographs with the beginning and advanced collectors in attendance. Members agreed it was an educational experience to view rare and unique examples of phonographs and memorabilia in person.

Thank you to Steve and Mary Puntillo and to Scott and Lisa Malawski for an unforgettable December meeting. Our next meeting will be held Saturday, March 8th at the 25th annual Tribute to Bixfest at the Racine Marriott.

Joan Rolfs, Acting Secretary