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A tragic loss, but Bobby's legacy lives on, in my listening room and many others' as well. I too wish Bobby could hear how good my VSMs are sounding these days with my recent switch to a Shindo Monbrison preamp and Sophia Electric 845 monoblocks. Bobby upgraded my VSMs to the Black Magic edition just a few months before he died, and all the time I spent on the phone and over email with him (man could he talk!) makes my speakers even more special to me.
To find information about Merlin Music for a friend, I went looking yesterday for the the Web page—only to learn of Bobby's death last year. I can never listen to my TSM's, which I continue to thoroughly enjoy, without recalling the lengthy, illuminating exchanges I had with Bobby when I was looking to purchase new monitors and several times after I had made my purchase. I was hoping my friend could benefit from similar exchanges with Bobby. Alas, never to be. So sad. RIP, Bobby Palcovic.
I own what I believe are one of the last pair of TSM's that were produced. Very long journey with Bobby to finally get them which after finding out the troubles the company was having were towards the end made sense.
The really strange twist to my story is the following - my Audible Illusion preamp had a electrical malfunction and sent a surge throught the system that burned out a voice coil in one woofer. To say I was devastated is putting it mildly. I spoke to Bobby and we agreed I could install a new woofer on my own. I sent him the bad woofer as a exchange along with a check and waited, and waited, and waited. Emails and phone calls were not answered. My gut told me something wasn't right here.
I left for an extended business trip and read on a website about Bobby's death, I was stunned and besides feeling horrible about the circumstances now had a useless set of speakers.
Two days later my wife calls to tell me a box from Merlin just arrived. I told her to open it and inside was my woofer, with solder. The post date was the day he passed. He went to the post office to send me my woofer before he passed.
To say I was freaked out is putting it mildly.
I installed my woofer and have been enjoying these great speakers ever since. My problem now is I don't feel it's right to ever sell these because of personal connection to Bobby. Weird I know.
Wow. every time I read a story like this it brings back the profound sadness I feel at Bobby's loss. It hartens me to know that so many people still own and enjoy the speakers.
I have just started a group on Facebook for folks who own or have enjoyed in the past Merlin speakers. The URL is https://www.facebook.com/groups/1712629472383990/ or just search for Merlin Music Systems Speakers Owners/Fans group. Hopefully I set it up right so that people can click or message me their request to join the group.
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