favorite independant audio dealers/designers

Category: Analog

There are some real gems in the audio world

Name some lines/designers you really like

I'll start

Jim Salk - Salk Sound - Speakers
Lou Hinkley - Daedalus Speakers
Thom Makris - Galibier Turntables
Merhan Farahmand- Sora Sound ZYX cartridges
Nick Doshi - pre amps
Creston Funk - Crimson Audio Cables
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Bobby at Merlin Music Systems
Dan Wright-Modwright
John Tucker of Exemplar Audio.
Chris Hoff of Balanced Power Technologies (cables and power conditioning)
It is hard to beat emailing or calling a manufacturer and talking to someone whose main concern is helping you get the best performance from their gear...especially when that person is the designer of the gear and owner of the company! In my experience, two who should be on your list are;

Steve McCormack, SMc Audio - amplifiers
Michael Kelly, Aerial Acoustics, speakers

There are many others who have helped me over the years, and who could also make the list but, for me, those two stand out.
+1 to all of the above. Add Kevin Hayes from VAC. If you're not put off by his sometimes less than warm "phone side" manner, add Richard Vandersteen.
+1 for John Tucker

Dealers: Any and all who have been able to keep a specialist high-end shop in business as it's older customer base dies off is to be admired and respected. Without resorting to selling Home Theater, I don't know how they do it.

Designers: Max Townshend (Townshend Audio), Roger Modjeski (Music Reference), Ralph Karsten (Atma-Sphere), Bruce Thigpen (Eminent Technology), Jim Winey (Magnepan), Peter Walker (Quad), Brian Ding (Rythmik), Danny Richie (GR Research).

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