Several times recently I have been queried by readers and equipment manufacturers alike about the reviews of recording equipment which regularly appear in the magazine. "Why do you always give the impression that everything is 'good' in your reviews?" is the commonest question.
Well, the truth of the matter is this. Here at HSR we firmly believe that a review which speaks very negatively about a product (referred to as a 'slag off in the business!) is simply not worth publishing. It serves no constructive purpose whatsoever. Rather, it occupies valuable magazine pages that could be better devoted to a far worthier product - and there are plenty of those about.
If I personally were contemplating the purchase of some home recording gear for the first time and I were to pick up a magazine which featured review after review that knocked such devices. I'd get a very negative impression of the whole industry, most probably give up the whole idea and take up fishing instead!
We try to prevent this situation from occurring by never publishing a review of a bad piece of gear. That's not to say that we don't look at it though — we do — but then we reject it! It should now be fairly obvious why a review of a particular product has been conspicuous by its absence from past pages of this magazine!
Finally, the introduction of yet another service to our readers — FREE CLASSIFIEDS! If you turn to page 63 of this issue, you'll notice a coupon which should be filled in (up to 20 words) and returned to us for inclusion in the next available issue - space permitting. This service is intended to create a working forum for our readers and we implore trade advertisers to respect this fact. Trade display advertising can still be booked however, but will continue to be charged for at the usual rates.
So, if you've got an old Revox G36 gathering dust in your attic but never felt it worth advertising elsewhere, or if you simply wish to meet other home recordists, then fill in your coupon and post it off. If we get enough regular response we'll extend the amount of space devoted to classifieds in future issues.
Editorial by Ian Gilby
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