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Old 10-11-2022, 06:25 PM
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Mark, a friend & fellow audiophile, and I paid a visit to Steve Leung of VAS in Cliffwood, NJ today to drop off a few items that need Steve's attention. We noticed that VPI was next door. In fact, Steve told us that he and VPI had traded spaces in the business park as VPI needed more room and Steve wanted to shrink. After a very pleasant visit with Steve we walked thru VPI's front door and there was Harry Weisfeld going thru a shelf of LPs. We ask if there was any chance we could "have a look" and Harry, and soon, Matt, were more than pleased to give us a tour, which included a listening session at Harry's house (where there will be a public gathering/listening session this Friday afternoon - feel free to join in). To say they were the consummate hosts is not to say nearly enough. As the following pic's will show, they could not have been more forthcoming and gracious. Our many thanks to them for taking the time to do so.
Behind Matt you may be able to see at least 100 tonearms in various stages of production. Matt explained that every motor (not the DD motors) must be taken apart and VPIized to insure a long, trouble-free life. The attention to detail in their operation is obvious and every VPI owner should feel very confident that Harry & Matt "have their back" on their products.
We enjoyed a listening session at Harry's house, which is just down the road. Sound thru the Tannoys from an AT cartridge made to Harry's spec was wonderful. The Tannoys were still being broken-in and will be used with an ARC front-end at the up-coming Capital Audiofest, which should be a great show. Harry has many other amazing speakers at home to go with the Tannoys.





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Old 10-11-2022, 07:33 PM
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Glenn… great write up, and photos! Thanks so much for sharing.
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Old 10-11-2022, 08:12 PM
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Harry is holding a DD motor stator in the above pic, and explained why its design removes any 'cogging' that could be a problem with some early (last century) DD motor/controller designs.
Near Matt's elbow above is a BD Avenger. Matt described the plinth as being 'acrylic/aluminum/acrylic', while Harry's DD Avenger shown below is 'aluminum/acrylic/aluminum', which allows the end user to select various colors of anodizing, such as the red on Harry's, for the aluminum pieces.
We attempted to play "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" by the Danish Symphony, but there was a feedback problem that we did not have time to correct. We did listen to one of Harry's several RtR machines. I counted five (5) of them as well as many tapes (not as many as LPs).

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Old 10-11-2022, 08:45 PM
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Very cool, sounds like a fun trip. Made in the USA goes a long way for me as well, obviously the product has to sound good, but you aren't going to get this kind of experience from most other TT vendors out there.
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Old 10-14-2022, 04:14 PM
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Missed a pic of Harry's DD Avenger with the AT built Shyla. A great sounding rig.

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