Can you clarify 'connnections'?
In my understanding, for instance, John Rutan is owner of AudioConnection store in Verona NJ. He's also got 'connections' with Ray Kimber and Richard Vandersteen which I apparently do not have with neither.
Recently I had a Cary Audio company tour. They're open to general public to walk in and see what's around. Great atmosphere, great and polite folks. I will probably establish my 'connection' there if they're interested in hiring me part-time for equipment repairs or assembly.
In my past journeys into high definition audio world, I was learning how Soviet amp Amphiton was designed by Vladimir Shushurin(now Lamm) so tiny-little 'connection' there. His "Lamm Industries" is just tiny home business in Sheepshead Bay area of Brooklyn populated by large Russian community where he assembles his units and sells.
Another my direct connection is with one of the prior designers of Gemini electronics also Russian engineer Alex Lipovetsky.