Just in case you're interested in a follow-up: in the six days since I posted the "unboxing" photos of the large, 3-volume, hardcover, slipcased, $140 Bruce Davidson set—which means it's been five days since I also recommended the little $10.85 Photofile paperback of Josef Koudelka's work—TOP readers in the U.S. and the U.K. have ordered 20 copies of the Koudelka and 54 copies of the Davidson. Like I said, people just don't seem to care for little photo books quite as much....
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Featured Comment by Bernd Reinhardt: "I just received the Bruce Davidson books and I have to say I had no idea how beautiful they were. I had seen a lot of Davidson's work and a lot of his early books were sold out and going for high prices in the antique book market. This new volume is absolutely stunning, beautifully printed and bound. The only negative is my wife nagging about all my photography books taking up too much space in our house. You can imagine how grumpy she was when she saw this giant package."
Mike replies: In the hi-fi hobby they call that "WAF"—wife acceptance factor. (To be less sexist one might call it SAF, spousal acceptance factor—although let's be honest, most of the time it's the males who are into the big goofy-looking hi-fi gear and the females who are dismayed to have half their living rooms taken over.)
Very large speakers of unconventional appearance that need lots of free space around them are known to often have low "WAF." This is Nelson Pass's stereo—the speakers are single drivers; the large plywood construction is a "kleinhorn" (German for "small" (!) horn), probably three meters tall, that loops around the back and comes back out the front, meant to capture and amplify the driver's backwave. This is in a dedicated building, not his living room, but still, you might want to share this with your wife just to let her know how much worse things could be. [g].