Jeff Wells, being the gentleman that he is, invited us to put on some music. I imposed on his hospitality by selecting “Bhindi Bhagee” from Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros’ Global a Go-Go. While the recording isn’t the best (I find the CD a bit “dark” and lacking in clarity, although the LP is excellent) it’s a fun test track because there are so many layered musical elements: flute, synthesizer, live percussion, drum machine, guitar, singing, spoken word… you get the idea. The system here easily achieved the propulsiveness I associate with this track, leading to some foot-tapping and head-bobbing from others in the room, and the performance was admirable. I thought I detected a bit of bluntness or thickness on the decay, but that could possibly be chalked up to the less-than-stellar mastering on this CD, since I do not recall noticing this when I have listened to the Inamorata in the past. Clearly the only solution is to listen to this gear as often as possible!
The Wells Inamorata was garnering a lot of buzz at this show, and I think it’s well deserved. In addition to the Inamorata and its little sibling, the Akasha, Jeff Wells tells me that he has a preamp in the works. No word yet on when that’ll be coming down the pike, but I’ll be watching — and listening, of course!