Al ( @almarg ) passed away peacefully yesterday evening, September 14th, 2020.
Margaret, Al's wife, was by his side most of the afternoon.
Both she and Al, as well as Al's family, were deeply touched by the outpouring of respect and appreciation for Al from members who, via written word, shared so very much in the 'Update on Audiogon Member Almarg' thread.
Margaret extends her thanks, gratitude and appreciation to all members. She treasures each and every post.
David, Thank you so much for your role as the conduit between Alford and Margaret and the Audiogon community. This is simply sad news and I’ll miss Al greatly. My sincerest sympathy to Margaret the entire family. Charles
Rest in peace Al. Thank You for all your guidance and help over the years. Sincere condolences to Margaret and family members. What a HUGE loss for all of us :-( Thank You @david_ten for keeping us posted.
Thank you very much David for these posts on Al, they must have been very hard to perform. My condolences to Margaret and other family members. Sad indeed but I hope Al has gone to a peaceful place now and is free of pain and suffering.
I’m so sorry to hear of Al’s passing. My prayers go out to you and your family at this time.
Al was such an important member of our Audiogon family. His knowledge, helpfulness and character has always been a beacon to us all. Not just in audio matters, but Al was also an example of how to interact with people in a respectful and courteous manner.
my deepest condolences to the family - Godspeed Al !
His contributions here were vast and valued. His way gentle yet firm and always with a heaping portion of helpful. I am revisiting some exchanges I had with him David - here is a pearl of a note from Al:
Conversation with almarg
I appreciate your inputs and contributions
always enjoy your posts, contributions.
Especially of late with the Roger M thread.
Not many people measure SPL, etc...
I also have the two DD discs you mention and they might not be the last word in performance, they sure are for dynamic range !!!! and the point you made about using that range to also judge the noise floor is so important also
Thanks, Jim. I appreciate the nice words, and I enjoy your posts as well.
Over the years I've often been surprised at how discussions of how much power is required ignore the question of dynamic range, with the participants simply saying something like "I usually listen at around 75 or 80 db," or some such numbers that apparently refer to the average volume of the music. While depending on the dynamic range of the particular recording brief peaks can require anywhere from several times the amount of power required to support the listener's preferred average volume to thousands of times that amount of power.
My deepest and most sincere condolences, to Margaret, family, friends, and the entire audio community, for this loss. Al, enlighten those, in the heavens, as you have enlightened us, here, with your knowledge, kindness, camaraderie, humanity, time, your heart, and, so much more. You will be so very missed, and this Forum, will never be the same, without you. Will think of you, always, and, I will see you, again. And David, much appreciate it, thank you. Always, MrD.
My sincere condolences to Margaret and all of Al's family, friends and acquaintances. His kindness and generosity will be sorely missed here.
I recall when Al and I had a difference of opinion over fuses and their efficacy and the best part of it all was just that, a difference of opinion. No need or occasion to be rude, vulgar or out of line. Al would take pains to explain how I couldn't be hearing what I was hearing and was always the gentleman. We could all learn something from his example, especially me. Life is too short to not enjoy it as we should.
This is a devastating loss to the audiogon community. Al was the Gold Standard when it came to knowledge and respectful communication. He is irreplaceable. There never was and there never will be another Al!RIP -- we should all aspire to be like him.
That is sad news indeed! My condolences to Al's family, It is an incredible loss for all of us here, I can only imagine how bad it is for you. May he Rest in Peace and thank you for allowing him to be a part of us for so many years. Mike
This is such sad news my condolences to Margaret and thanks to David for his work keeping Margaret and the community connected. Al was a legend here the man everyone turned to for technical advice. He delivered said advice with grace and aplomb. When threads grew contentious he was a voice of reason, sanity, and most of all logic.
I am sure as great as Al was to all of us here he was even more amazing to Margaret family and friends. He will be sorely missed here his passing is a void we can't begin to fill. RIP Al and enjoy fixing the stereo when it goes awry wherever you are now.
So sorry to read the news of his passing. Never had direct contact with Al, just read with interest his responses to others inquiries, when he would respond, I would imagine in my mind, the old E.F.Hutton commercials and people cupping their hand to their ears to make sure we got it all. RIP