Friday, September 25, 2015

Von Schweikert Audio acquires Endeavor - breaking news

Von Schweikert Audio acquires Endeavor Audio

California, USA 25th September, 2015

Von Schweikert Audio is pleased to announce its recent acquisition of Endeavor Audio and the partnership/promotion of Leif Swanson (founder of Endeavor Audio) to the role of Vice President, Sales and Marketing.  VSA is impressed with both the quality of products produced by Endeavor Audio and the US Dealer relationships Mr. Swanson has established in just a few years of operation.

All present Endeavor Audio dealer/distributor agreements are unaffected by this acquisition, the Endeavor Audio line of products will continue to be managed by Leif Swanson independently of present VSA distribution where appropriate.  Leif Swanson is committed to maintaining all established relationships for both lines while leveraging them in territories where only one is currently represented.

As part of the subsequent restructuring, Damon Von Schweikert has taken over as Chief Executive
Officer which allows Albert Von Schweikert to focus exclusively in his role of Chief Engineer.  In addition and due to his success at Endeavor, Leif Swanson will join the design team as an assistant to Mr. Von Schweikert.

These recent changes enhance Von Schweikert Audio’s present product assortment and secures
valuable talent and leadership for continued development and growth which places the company in a
strong market position for the future.

California, USA – – 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Guardian article on vinyl production

The Guardian newspaper has a new article on vinyl pressing and the growing demand:.

"Located in Milwaukie, Oregon, which borders Portland to the south, Cascade is a labor of love between three partners: CEO Rainey, mastering engineer Adam Gonsalves and certified public accountant Steve Lanning. As music fans and vinyl aficionados, the trio knew they were tapping into a growing demand.Between January and March of 2015, vinyl sales were 53% higher than the first three months of 2014, according to a Nielsen report. And in 2014, vinyl sales totaled 9.2m, up from 6.1m in 2013."
 find the full article HERE

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Another batch of Jerome Sabbagh's The Turn now available

As promised, here's an update from Jerome Sabbagh to earlier buyers of The Turn -- get them while you can, it's my favorite release of the year:

"I hope you are enjoying the first pressing of the record. I wanted to let you know that, thanks in no small part to your support, the first pressing is sold out. I am pressing another 500 copies. They will be pressed at QRP, exactly like your copy, but, unlike your copy, they will not be numbered. 
In case you know someone interested, they are available for preorder on my website:$25 + shipping). The records should be pressed by the end of the month. I will ship as soon as I get them."

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

RIP Bobby Palkovich of Merlin

Always loved the look and sonics of Merlin speakers, they just made music and had the finish quality of fine furniture, particularly in that ruby heart finish. So I was saddened to learn that chief designer Bobby Palkovich died late August. Somehow, this was not big news and barely reached mention on many audio forums. I remember reading Bobby somewhere saying that he'd reached the point where these speakers were as good as he could make them - you can have them small or larger but they are the same speaker executed to the point where nothing more could be done to improve them. How rare is is to hear that from any company? Magic Merlin indeed. More info here