Help contacting BEL re: 1001


Does anyone have contact with Richard Brown of BEL or know if anything has happened to the company recently?

I posted the output boards for my 1001 MkIII to him 12 months ago now for a repair estimate, and haven't heard from him for 11 months now, despite repeated emails and attempted phone calls.

I would really like to get the boards back, even if they haven't been repaired.

I know a friend of his. I'll see what I can find out.


This is old but he might still be there.

2530 Berryessa RD. #126
San Jose, Ca. 95132


I used to have a lot of dealings with him back in the 1990s and he was hard to reach even then.

Good Luck.
Macrojack, thanks for the help, that number is the one I have been trying, I always get an answerphone. I must have tried calling 30 times and left 10 messages by now.
I received a response from my mutual friend who knows Dick quite well. He indicates that others have complained about a lack of communication. He went on to say that his production of amplifiers has been reduced to a trickle and his desire to do repairs is probably non-existent. His email address,, is still active. I forwarded this thread on to him suggesting he might want to contact you. I'm sorry I could not be of more help.



Many thanks for your help.

Richard Brown,

If you read this, please send my amplifier boards back (I sent you all three PCB's), regardless of what state they are in. If the outputs boards are still broken I will fix myself.

David Frow
Hi, is there any more news on the state of BEL? I am still calling and emailing but get not replies.

Thanks, David
Is anyone in a position to help me please?
Richard Brown should be ashamed of himself for abandoning you in this way. However, we all need to be aware that we are putting ourselves in the hands of one person when we buy products from a company like BEL. A plane crash, a heart attack or a loss of interest is all it takes to undermine your investment.

Why don't you try to track down Tom Miiller the reviewer who championed BEL through the Absolute Sound. Maybe he is still in touch with Richard Brown and maybe he would be inclined to intercede on your behalf. It's worth a try.

Thanks for the sympathetic message. I am not suprised the company is struggling, if I knew I would be waiting this long I would have tried to fix them myself.
FYI I hear the company is not struggling - on the contrary they are overwhelmed with orders, and for good reason. Rumor is that BEL will stop taking new orders altogether soon. Anyone who owns a 1001 MkV is very lucky indeed! I'm keeping mine. :-)
You may also want to have an authorized dealer contact him. I'm in Houston, and the local dealer Audio Concepts is where I bought my pair of BEL MK V monoblocks. All I can say is that these are the most awesome amps I have owned and wish Dick Brown a long life and also wish him the best.
Sadly, according to one of his oldest/largest dealers who knows him well, Dick Brown died within the last couple of days. For the past several months he had not felt well enough to do much work.

A former Recon. Marine, Dick was a unique individual and a true genius at designing and voicing his one and only product, the BEL 1001. Because his assembly process entailed listening to each component as it went into every amp, his production volume was miniscule, especially from 2007, on.