I've known David Elrod for a few years and I am not at all surprised by what you have to say. He is always a gentelman, courteous, and informative.
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For absolute sure; Foremost, Keith Lockwood (you see alot of him here) he is simply the very best of the very best there is, his genorosity and guidence has sent me light years ahead of any learning curve there is and he continues to provide an excellent and stable opinions on any changes that I have in mind. Additional gigantic cudous to Lee of CryoParts/Locus Designs, here again is someone that is just plain selfless in his help and his information, add to him Robert of Ridge Street Audio, you can call and ask Robert anything and he will never talk down to you (as neither of the others mentioned will either)and add to this Barry of Bright Star Audio. These are also very very special people who have lent and shared many hard years of learning so generously and so graciously that they also deserve to be help in the utmost of high regards, as well as David Elrod these are audio Pioneers and missionaries in the pursuit of helping everyone wring the maximum listening enjoyment for the most cost effective investments.
Thank you all so much for your help.
When we first pushed off into the sea of audio confusion, members Jax2 and Jordi helped us to quickly define what it is we want out of this hobby. They listened to what we wanted, and recommended equipment to match those desires. More recently, Alex Peychev of APL Hi Fi has been instrumental in defining our understanding of the equipment itself. We live close enough to him that we've been able to visit at least five times, and aside from the gracious hospitality we always receive from him and his wife, he has taken the time to educate us on how the machinery works. Not simply his own creations, but audio systems in general. It's added an essential dimension to how we determine what we want from our system, a perspective on the hobby that I didn't even know to look for until Alex presented it.
Hey, don't forget Ralph Karsten of Atma-Sphere. When you call Atma-Sphere with any kind of question, no matter how trivial, he usually answers the phone himself and will talk to you for as long as it takes. Not to mention his superb products. He will stand behind anything with his name on it. Let me also tell you a story about David Wilson, of Wilson speaker fame: In 1990, an unscrupulous dealer took a deposit from me for Watt-Puppy speakers, to be delivered in 1 month. (50% of retail price as deposit given to this dealer) After 2 months, no speakers. Called dealer - phone disconnected - called police - they went to the dealer - empty store - skipped town. Called Wilson - he immediately sent me the speakers direct, less what I paid this "dealer" (who apparently fled to Florida with $$$$$$$$ of Wilson's, not to mention other manufacturers' money)less what I had given this blot on the audio landscape. That is memorable.
Thanks, again, Mr Wilson.
I suppose nothing affirms greatness like repeated references! So, with that in mind, I'll repeat the high recommendations of Ken Lyons, Emmanuel Go, Alex Peychev and Robert Schult.
I'll add Kevin Hayes of VAC, Steve Nugent of Empirical Audio and Larry Staples of DK Design and the LSA Group.
Of all the terrific folks I've met in audio, the guys on this list are tops, and Larry Staples has flat out been the most helpful of anyone I've met in the hobby.
Thanks, Oz....the check is in the mail. :--)
I'll ditto David Elrod, Ken Lyons, Philip O'Hanlon, and Ralph Karsten....(the other fellows I don't know directly)....and would enjoy adding Dan Meinwald of E.A.R. USA, Garth Leerer of Musical Surroundings, Dan Wright of Modwright, Richard Smith & John McDonald of Audience, Terry Cain (& Cain), Joe Cohen of PranaWire, Robert Stein of The Cable Company, Jim Ricketts of tmh audio, Arturo Manzano of Axiss Distribution, Tri Mai of Triplanar, Jim Smith of Avantgarde USA, Duke LeJeune, Phil Clements of Clements Audio, Scott Frankland of Wavestream Kinetics, Joe Fratus of Art Audio, Anthony Gallo, Bill Parrish of GTT Audio, Ron Hedrich of Marigo....geez, these just off the top of my head. All first class. There are so many good guys in the biz!
No doubt I forgot to mention some....but everybody loves what they do, and love music first and foremost....no doubt about it.
Allow me to add the name Bob Grost of Unity Audio and more recently Cerious Technologies(www.cerioustechnologies.com) to the list of gentleman who grace this world of audio we inhabit. Besides being a first rate speaker designer, Bob is as fair, honest and generous of his time and energy as anyone you are likely to meet in this hobby. He treats his customers as friends and is always willing to do what is necessary to satisfy you in anyway he can.
I'll also recommend David Elrod. David reterminated my Statement - essentially eliminating the hump - to better facilitate the cable into my system. He listened to my issues and dealt with them in a very timely manner. First rate guy.
Having said that, Grant Samuelson of Shunyata has also always been right on with his recommendations, looking to establish longtime relationships rather than onetime sales.
BAT guys have always been great to deal with, as are the folks at Globe.
Agreed Boa2...Don of DCCA has been awesome to work with, and has gone out of his way to make sure I am pleased with his power cables. He has cutomized his Extremes for me by making 90 degree bends to my specs, so that I can incorporate them painlessly in my system. What cable manufacturer does that for you?
Yet another vote for both Don of DCCA and David Elrod. Both of these gentlemen have arranged lengthy auditions for me and kept in regular contact during the time I had their cables to answer questions and get my feedback. Not only are these guys terrific to work with, but their cables are outstanding.
I would also give a shout out to Dennis Had of Cary Audio. I happened to be in Cary, NC, earlier this year to pick up a car I had bought and stopped by Cary Audio on a lark, expecting nothing. As I was being told very politely by a woman at the front window that there was no showroom, I heard a voice from another room say, "Let him in, I'm sure I can set up something for him." The voice was Dennis Had's, and what he set up for me was a private listening session that included Cary's brand new digital amp, which had not yet been released at that time (and may not yet, I am not sure). After I had a good session playing a number of cuts from various SACDs, Dennis arranged a tour of the factory for me.
There are a lot of good folks in this hobby.
Well Ernest Farley owner of ELF Audio also should be in the "White Hat" catagorey.I bought a pair of his speaker cables on ebay and two month's later Ernest followed up to see how they sounded in my system and to see if I wanted to try a pair of his new Super Helix speaker cables for a free audition.I was so amazed,I ended up purchasing them and Ernest even paid for the shipping both way's.
Over the past few years I've had the good personal and "audiophile" fortune to get to know David Elrod and to use several generations of his power cord and interconnect designs. Not only do his current cables bring an energy and realism to my system and really blow the doors off the performance of the system as a whole over anything I've ever utilized before, but they are also provided by a gentleman that has an amazing ability to translate technical know-how and love for audio into his designs and pair them with the most amazing customer support pre-sale and post-sales experience you can imagine. I found this thread while searching for posts this morning and had missed it back in 2005-2011 for some reason so it seemed in need of a wakeup call so to speak. If you have not tried these cables or discussed your system needs with David , I'd suggest you do so as soon as possible!