RIP Kirk Bodinet SOTA
A couple weeks ago i had sent an email to SOTA about the replacement of a thrust pad on a SOTA Cosmos IV. Lats night i received a replied from Donna apologizing for the tardy response and informed me that Kirk had passed away suddenly at home in Viola WI on March 23rd. He was only 52.
For anyone who have met and/or spoke with Kirk you all can attest that he was a super nice class act guy. Another huge lost for the entire Audio and particularly analog community. Donna and Kirk resurrected SOTA after Robert Becker and David Fletcher (SOTA founders/designers) decided to pack it in in the early 90's. Both Kirk and Donna have put their heart and soul into this business and i am confident that she will keep it alive for many years to come.
To all SOTA owners, in Kirk's memory, please put some Allman Brothers Band on your TT tonight. RIP Kirk.
A copy of her email below.
Sorry for my delayed response. I appreciate your patience as I move into many new roles. You probably haven't heard, but this past March 23rd Kirk died suddenly. Yes, it is true. As one of our fellow SOTA family members said to me recently "I felt him through my turntable". I trust you will feel the same. Play some Alman Brothers for him, or maybe some Marshall Tucker. These are a couple of his favorites. Sigh..........
We don't usually help DIYers, and recommend the platter come to us for inspection. But, with the ball bearing exposed, you'll see the white grease. Clean the grease with a Q-Tip and shine a bright light into the shaft. The sapphire will show any wear with circular or hairline markings.
Be well and rock on my friend,
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