Best of Audiogon Members


Gold member "audiogoners" who have most advanced your knowledge of AUDIO/MUSIC with their posts and answers (yet have no commercial interest), members who have taken their precious time to answer your emails and more, members who make this site what it is,........the BEST AUDIOGONER'S.
I'll start with a couple with many to follow: Golden_ears, Ceol, Tireguy, Rlips.....
jjwa
Hi5Harry, Tok20000, Sean, ,and Bigkidz..:-)...
Larry "Hi-end Palace"
Twl, Albertporter, Sean, Swampwalker...
Mikelavigne, Lakefrontroad, Mes, Gladstone, Jayctoy to name the few that come to mind with out any thought.

Pro's who I have learned a lot from Albertporter, Twl, Tok20000, Geoff_Kait and most influential person on my system Jtinn- with every suggestion I become much closer to musical bliss.

There are countless other's who I have become friends with over the years it would be impossible to name everyone. I don't think any ONE person makes this place great, its the diversity and willingness to learn paired with everyone being in pursuit of greater musical enjoyment. I am proud to be a contributing member here, if you can help one person get closer to there audio nirvana- bringing joy into there life- how can you NOT offer help? The world is so messed up today, a community like this is unheard of, and for the most part self-governing- its a model for what society should be like. Anyone in doubt look at the recent thread about Pat(Lugnut).

But as usual I digress..... these were just my late night ramblings.
Slappy-nuff said.
There are many members who have been helpful and friendly. Shoot an email to most audiogoners and they'll generally take the time to reply (unless they happen to have ruthless email filters!)

Mike Lavigne, Tireguy, Panorama have taken the most time to share their experiences with me (or perhaps it's because I bother them the most). Jtinn, although he does not fit into your criteria as he has commercial interests, has always given me advice without much regard to what he carries.

I think there's an "expert" for every musical tastes around here, so you'll easily find someone who is knowledgeable and shares similar tastes and thus their advice becomes invaluable.
This is very helpful. You can look up these members and read their posts/answers to reap their vast knowledge and experience.
Sean, Alberporter
Trelja is informed and dedicated, simply one of our best!
Lugnut, Twl, Sean, Albertporter, Tireguy, and many more.
Jtinn at Chambers Audio, Mikelavigne, Mes.
Twl, Albertporter,Tireguy, Trelja, Sean, Swampwalker, Lugnut and of course-Slappy!
Any number, but I would nominate Sdcampbell for, if nothing else, his tutorials on jazz.
Gunbei, Sean, Tireguy, Albertporter, Twl, Lugnut, Trejla, SdCampbell, Sogood51, Jax2, Nrchy, Lakefrontroad, Eldartford, jeeze the list could go on & on...you guys have all provided me with a plethora of information that is useful to me now and will be useful in the future also.

but the gold medal should go to Slappy!
I have only been around for a little more than a year, but this is a really nice community to be in with lots of great members. I completely agree with Tireguy on this one

I would like to mention Marco (Jax2) for his great music recommendations.

TWL and Dougdeacon for their great posts on analog.

And Howard (Boa2) and Warren (warrenh) for their great recomendations.

And of course Gunbei, Ellery, Albertporter, Sean, Lugnut, Rushton, Decay, Slipknot1, Elisabeth, Slappy and all the others I forgot to mention.
Yeah, where's David [Dekay] been? Now there's a guy that really helped out in my early days here.

Also, Duke [Audiokinesis] took a great deal of time to help me out a couple years ago planning a subwoofer project.

And Sakahara is someone that buys and sells stuff here, but I never see him in the forums. Three years ago when I started to experiment with tubes, he gave this slow learning newbee the long lowdown on "rolling".

Definitely Tom [TWL] and DougDeacon for their analog expertise. I'm too afraid to take the plunge, but they always get me a itching for some vinyl.

Thanks to Sean for sharing his vast experience and Newbee for the same because he is anything but...

I thought I'd add a stuntman category, since they get no acknowledgement by the Oscars. These people contribute immensely to keeping the sanity and fun on the 'GoN.

Marco for his unmatched wit and off the wall humor. Diesel Power!

Ellery for sniffing out all the thread scammers and dropping the power bomb on 'em. Kansas-Style!

And Slappy for reminding me life doesn't always have to be so serious. Walk through life with a smile on your face and a free and easy handshake. If anyone acts up, just bop the f**ker with a big board with a rusty nail.
I'd like to think that I contribute to the "insanity" on the Gon. ;o)
This is overdure......the "AUDIOGON OSCARS"
Restock,

Thank you for the kind comments. I too am so appreciative of the myriad of excellent suggestions from so many members. I think it was Sogood51 who wrote, "if you can hear the sub, it's too loud." What a difference such comments make.

There is no question that my road into this hobby would have been one riddled with potholes had it not been for the invaluable foundation laid out by Marco (Jax2). Whether recommending components or music, his matchmaking capabilities are unmatched.

This is one amazing community.

Howard
Audiokinesis (Duke), Redkiwi
I can only echo the many names already mentioned. I've learned a lot from the members of this community, and I continue to enjoy the comraderie and pursuit of our shared obsession: music reproduced in the home in great sound quality. Without trying to name specific individuals: Thanks to all of you who contribute to the conversation.
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Last but not least Mr STEVE at "Sound Video". Thanks Steve for helping me from the bigining of my HomeTheater journey.

Armando
On a tangent, I would like to nominate some of the Audiogoners who have become close friends, who I don't really see much of anymore, and I miss dearly here in the forums. The people on this list are as knowledgeable and passionate an audiophile as one will EVER meet.

God knows that I am going to forget a few. In alphabetical order - or as close as this dummy can come to it:
Brulee - a divine being, without question THE BEST EVER!!!
Carl_eber - Audiogon was at the zenith when he was the big dog
Dekay - relentless, passioned, incredible
Garfish - smart, practical, intellectual, kind, sense of humor
Gthirteen - salt of the earth, realistic, moving forward
Jadem6 - sensitive(overly?), zealous, meticulous
Jcbtubes - seen and heard the best, and can build it, like the true stars in life he was modest
Joecoherent - Silverline, Silverline, Silverline
Leafs - tells it like it is, hockey, Coincidents, Well Tempered, and Rogue
Natalie - uhhh, see above?
Redkiwi - sharp wit, different perspectives, valuable
Rockvirgo - no BS, knows the wheat from the chaff
Sedond - funetik speling (tuna = tuner), halaireus, miss him deerly
Sluggo - the prankster

And, whoever the guy was who initiated a thread, asked a question, answered it for himself, and then asked himself out for a drink, Albertporter and I will forever remember you.
Trelja- You do know who Sluggo was, right??
Tim, of course.

If you read closely, you'll notice there were, um, a couple of people on their more than once...
Has anyone heard from Brulee? We use to phone each other from time to time..Is he out there? Is he well? Bruce come back!! Tom
Living in an audiophile starved area with only a very few others can leed one to beleave that he knows a little something about audio...after all, those boys down at Best Buy do seem somewhat slow to grasp what your are talking about sometimes.

Finding Audiogon for me was almost an "Matrix" type of experience. Set in the chair..plug in, WOW!...a direct link to another reality (With a HUGE brain) at it's center.

Every day I pickup a scrap of useful info from at least one of the people here (old members and new) and have humbled by the knowledge of you people.

I would like to name those members but the list would be incomplete, certainly all those listed above have provided much to my knowledge even over and above audio...many a good long laugh also, some real wit around here IMHO thats hard to find at some of the other forums!

Well, gotta go...our boss here at Circut City is on the rag!, seems that Best Buy tops us in sales last week.

Dave
Living in an audiophile starved area with only a very few others can leed one to beleave that he knows a little something about audio...after all, those boys down at Best Buy do seem somewhat slow to grasp what your are talking about sometimes.

Finding Audiogon for me was almost an "Matrix" type of experience. Set in the chair..plug in, WOW!...a direct like to another reality (With a HUGE brain) at it's center.

Every day I pickup a scrap of useful info from at least one of the people here (old members and new) and have been humbled by the knowledge of you people.

I would like to name those members but the list would be incomplete, certainly all those listed above have provided much to my knowledge even over and above audio...many a good long laugh also, some real wit around here IMHO thats hard to find at some of the other forums!

Well, gotta go...our boss here at Circut City is on the rag!, seems that Best Buy tops us in sales last week.

Dave
Left out Audiokinesis due to the thread requirement of no commercial interest. Since Duke always reveals his business interests I think he qualifies. He has a most honorable history of suggesting products he does not sell.
Speaking of commercial interset, does the Porterhouse Purist Audio dealer anounced at the Audiogon CES page have a connection to Albert?
I couldnt even begin to mention all the people who have educated me on the ways of high end audio here on the gon.

my thanks out to Ellery911, gunbei, jax2, tireguy, sean, twl, sogood51, audiobugged, audiotweak, danlib1, lugnut, swampwater, nrchy, newbee, rx8man, jond, onhwy61, albert porter, brainwater who i think has the oddest handle here, rives, and countless others.

this is a great community and i always find it a privledge to have such a large group of intelligent good natured people i can count on to answer anything i could ask.
My vote goes to Sean who keeps my brain spinning and slappy who keeps me just a grinning!
If I could I would put the list of all Audiogoner here and make only one change, strike out my own name.

I have yet to come across anyone who has not been helpful. Some of them have gone out of their way to help and most are already mentioned on the thread.

As they say "music is food for the soul" so I believe everyone here on A'gon is wellfed!
My votes go to Jayctoy and 1markr. These guys will help with anything and Jayctoy's knowledge has been invaluable in optimising my system.
Trelja,

That is an excellent list and I agree completely with it. I have often wondered why we dont here much from many of them any more. I miss them too. I would have added one other name that I liked though some may disagree. Asa. I liked his willingness to take on all comers, his passion for what he beleived in and his knowledge. I hope they are all well and just enjoying music!
Trelja and Bin,
I agree totally. Those guys were posting regularly when i first got into the hobby. I couidn't get enuff of audiogon. Their posts were informative and witty. Maybe i'm getting a little burned out but i really enjoyed those days!
He didn't specify a model, I am sure assuming my budget was more than it was, but after inquiring about Blue Circle, which had buzz at the time, he basically scoffed and later mentioned Counterpoint. With little else to go on, other than mentally attaching a great system with the owner who gave me advice, I bought the Counterpoint model I could afford. And I still dig it. Thanks Albert ;)

Also, the comic unveiling of audio insanity, Sluggo's and SonofSluggo's (yes I know who it was) was as funny as it ever got here. The way his posts reverberated down the thread with offended responses was just terrific. Plant-a-seed humor, I guess.

Zaikesman is an excellent observer and makes great points about hi-fi in general, and I wish I could write as well.

Lots of just cool guys as well like Unclejeff, Newbee and Pops and Rockinroni...
Tim, Tireguy, is always my favorite here.He is always
willing to give you the knowledge,for the sake of this
hobby.Tim I still enjoy the Window in Time piano you
recommended.MikeLavigne and Albertporter both are
very humble inspite of what they have.Thanks
Dont be so modest Jaytoy. You too have been a signifigant contributor to the site and your comments are always welcome! I met Albert as well as Mike at CEs and both were as you described , humble .
Viridian is my favorite member. His humor is beyond hysterical. My only question is, who's going to pay for my next heria surgery?