Downblunder, youve taken me to task for critical comments on a product I dont sell. Normally that would be fair.
However, you conveniently fail to mention many of the products Ive supported and complimented in the threads that I dont sell. Among them, Ayre, Nottingham, Analysis Plus, VAC, McIntosh, Dynaudio, Quad, Magneplanar, Verity, Zyx, and many others.
Its disingenuous of you to single out one critical comment without looking at the big picture.
I have the opportunity to hear and evaluate many phono stages in the course of a year; fair to say far more than you. The fact is Ive had a chance to audition your 88 and my initial assessment stands. There are at least 6 phono stages (some I sell and some I dont) under $2K I find more enjoyable, hence the overpriced comment. How you spend your money is certainly none of my business. I seek high quality and high value products for my customers. To me the 88 does not meet those criteria.
You need to be a bit more fair and balanced but I assume youre an MSNBC or CNN kind of guy.
BTW, contact any of my suppliers if you wish. They, as I do, deal with whackaloons every day. Theyll understand you.