Roger Alan Modjeski (RAM) 1951 - 2019


It is with great sadness that I announce Roger A. Modjeski passed away peacefully in his home in San Pablo, CA after an 12 month battle with cancer. Roger started Music Reference in 1981 and later RAM Tubes, The Tube Audio Store, and The Berkeley HiFi School. For more than 38 years he tirelessly ran his business and designed some of the most unique and well received audio components in the industry. Right until the near end Roger was working, designing, and teaching until he physically was unable to continue.

The link below will take you my playground where I have posted my tribute to Roger (click ENTER after the page loads):

http://www.electrafidelity.com/

Fare thee well my friend.
clio09
Roger definitely appreciated vintage, just not drum sets :) He does have quite a collection of vintage radios (table top and floor models) that he was always proud of. He was particularly fond of the Brunswick and has several of those in the shop. All operational of course.
I had the pleasure of connecting with one of Roger's old friends and someone that worked with him at one point in time He wrote a very touching obituary for Roger on his blog I thought I would share:

https://paulcervantes.com/
Gold! Touching, and I’m glad others who have been close to him have experienced him in a similar way. His amps are destined to become design classics. I agree that the RM-10 is both simple and revolutionary in design.

Thanks @clio09. I don’t know what Cervantes looks like, but I may have met him at one of the appearances Roger made at Brooks Berdan’s shop. He did one for the introduction of the RM-10, which I attended. I was putting together a pair of stacked Quads, and asked Roger if he recommended a single RM-9 to power them, or a pair of RM-10’s, one for each pair. He answered an RM-9, and I countered with questions challenging that opinion (how impudent ;-). The next time he was at the shop he told me he had been reconsidering the points I had made in favour of the RM-10’s, and had changed his mind, the RM-10’s were now his recommendation.

I ended up going instead for a pair of Atma-Sphere M60’s, but now have a single RM-10 on a single pair of Quads, a marriage made in Heaven, where both Brooks and Roger are now listening to Angels sing.

I've not made a comment here so far, but that does not mean I was not greatly saddened and sorry to read of Roger's death, despite never meeting or speaking with him, not ever.  I live on the east coast, he lived on the west.

I did read all of the posts here, the tributes, and in one of them clio09 menioned that there were a total of 20 RM9SE units manufactured, with three remaining; I decided that the only way I could pay homage to the man is to acquire one of these units.  Its on the way to me, arriving mid-week.  Thanks so very much Tony for all of the assistance.