I had a very similar experience with Elliot. Great demo and extremely nice person.
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I too bought from Elliot-- some 20 years ago-- when he had his own shop on Ventura.He later started doing things from home.
I was never comfortable at some one's own house ( I just think of myself as an intrusion)+ I always know any dealer needs to make money/or else.)--- But, yep, Elliot was always fun
I've been to Elliot's several times and always felt welcomed, if not expected. He's one of the nicest persons you'll ever meet and his ears are among the best in the business.
I, too, remember his shop on Ventura and felt like I was intruding, at first, at his home, but now I look forward to any time I get to go and listen. I auditioned my Tonian Labs at his place and spent quite a bit of time there before committing and never felt rushed. He even brought them over to my place and set them up for me.
I've brought over gear for him to listen to when he has the time and appreciated his feedback. He's a rare breed nowadays.
If you're ever there, check out his Remington sculpture.
I bought my first system from Elliot years ago when he had a storefront and he's always been honest, sincere and insightful in his recommendations. He's a great guy. In fact I'm doing an in home demo on some equipment tomorrow from him. Elliot also has some serious turntable skills. Monday he stopped by my house and fine tuned my well tempered classic and the improvement was amazing.
Elloit repaired one of my Joule amps variacs. He spent a lot of time with me in his listening room letting me listen to what ever gear I wanted. This happened when I dropped off and picked up the variac, both times were enjoyable experiences. He is a such a "real" person I felt very comfortable in his home shop, a real gentleman!!!!!