I am saddened beyond words to learn of this. Nothing I could possibly write could be adequate to express my sorrow. May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace, my friend.
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I’m shocked and saddened at this posting. My prayers are out to Al and his family. My favorite postings to read on this forum were always his insightful and informative contributions. No other member here has or will come close to the respect he has garnered here from me and I am sure most , if not all, of the Audiogon community. I can only hope and pray for a miraculous reversal.
Thanks for the update, David. This is crushing news. Everyone who has been around here for any length of time knows what Al has meant to this forum and what a friend he has been to countless audiophiles for such a long time. I never had the pleasure of meeting him in person, but I have reached out to him many times over the years anytime I had a question and needed an expert opinion. Al always took great care in providing detailed and very clear explanations anytime I asked, and we all know that he has been the go-to person in this forum for such questions for many years. Additionally, in a time when public discourse has become almost unbearably strident and confrontational, Al has always been the consummate gentleman, even on those rare occasions when someone challenged him on some point. He's that rare person whose vast knowledge is exceeded only by his kindness and boundless generosity. His contributions here have made this an infinitely better place. Prayers for comfort and peace, Al (and Margaret). Thanks for everything.
I wish that I could find words that are as eloquent as those in the preceding posts, but I don't think it's necessary; it was all well said and true.
All that I can add is that I had many learning moments and great advice from this kind and generous man, and he is one of the rare people that I have met in my life that makes me proud to be a human being.
Thank You for everything Al. I will always remember you.
This is very sad news, indeed. Al was the gentleman's gentleman, always ready to help and advise those in search of a better solution. He was gracious and responded so, going the extra mile to make sure he never offended, and always taking the high road.
He seemed adverse to acrimony, to a fault, which is sorely missing here, and a reminder of gentler times, which I now miss more than ever.
It took awhile for Al to open up to the facts of his background and education as he never deigned to "lord" over others and only did so when challenged by some schmo.
I hope his passing goes gently despite his prognosis and that the tough parts are over. This is the last place that should hold his attention as I'm sure he has more family and friends than most could want and they deserve to hold his focus as he passes.
My thoughts are with him and his family.
All the best,
I learned to listen and heed the words of certain individuals here on "Audiogon", a good while ago. With, "Al", of course, being one of those few whom I always looked to further my knowledge about audio and related subjects. Many come here to "Audiogon", seeking the same as I. And there are many places to look for a place to hang our hat, relax and as, "Audiophiles", share a bit as we also learn something new from those whom share our passion.. But it was and is this, "Core", of people like, "Mr. Almarg", that had us stop here and look around a bit more than the "other", places available. And then join. Always with a kind word and a sage's advice, his honest experience and intelligent conversation are a large part of why I and soo many others of like mind. Come here and then join this, "Audiogon".
Sad as I am by this news. Only the thought of "Almarg", getting his wings may cheer me even a bit right now..
So that he may then ascend.
For I am sure that music like no other, awaits him.
I'll see you on the other side, "Al".
R. Scott O.
I am so saddened to hear this news. Al has been in my thoughts since he stopped posting on the forum. His kind
words along with his advice made his contribution so valuable.
I was lucky enough to get to know him a little bit offline, not only talking tech, but sharing in our love of classical music.
Sweet dreams, Al. And heartfelt best wishes to Margaret.
While I have an inability to understand electrical theory, I always eagerly read every post that Al writes. His posts always provide more than just guidance on audio matters, they provide intangible insights into how we can be our best.
I wish to echo all the beautiful things his friends have said above. Thank you for blessing us with your presence. Best wishes to you and your family.
Al, I have very much enjoyed our online friendship. I invite you and Margaret to know the Lord Jesus. My sister and I lost our father yesterday, but as Chritians we anticipate resurrection and reunion. If you or Margaret wish to discuss this privately further, I will be honored to. If you do not, I will understand.
I pray specifically that you and Margaret share deep, profound love at this time, that you are able to say goodbye in person to all you desire, and that you are kept from immense pain in dying.
Thank you for being a model of kindness and intellectual integrity here.
God be with you, Margaret and family.
I can't count the number of times I've scrolled through long threads on Audiogon only stopping at the almarg posts to help me separate the wheat from the chaff. His contributions were always informative. But, more importantly, they displayed a profound decency that exemplified all that can be good in our hobby. @almarg, you will be sorely missed.
Al I learned a lot from reading your posts. You have a gift my friend in your ability to convey to the reader your thoughts, experiences, on a subject without talking over their heads but rather in a way the reader can easily understand. You will be missed my friend.
My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
I am deeply saddened by the news. I learned a great deal in many one on one interactions with Al. It was always a pleasure dealing with such a kind and generous man, I am going to miss him a lot.
All I can I say, thank you from bottom of my heart for your unlimited wisdom and above all your grace. My prayers are with you and Margaret, Godspeed my friend!
This is gut-wrenching. I don't think I've ever shed a tear about audio before. Except when I sheared the diamond off my rare Garrett Bros Decca by not locking the armrest. Al has always been a gentleman on this forum. Not only because he is a kind and generous soul, but because he knows his stuff. He never gets ruffled by bombast and conjecture. He is the real deal. The fresh air of knowledge and wisdom. There is no disputing the facts, especially as his explanations are thorough and written in a manner us mere mortals can comprehend. Al, we will miss you. Godspeed.
Al has long been Audiogon’s go to source for answers and an example of how to behave like a gentleman on this or any forum. What a shock. I pray for you Al. I have always had great respect for you Al. I am not sure how to put into words my feelings for you and your wife. Your voice of reason and professional manner have always been a breath of fresh air in a forum that desperately needed your wise example.