The Always Serious and Gentle Manufacturer …


Dahlquist LogoTo be honest, it took me some time to remember who was one of the first manufacturers I was dealing with who I could rate as always serious and pleasant. In fact in the beginning I was not directly dealing with the manufacturers I represented (from USA). I made a contact with a certain Mr. Thomas Della-Rocca. Now unfortunately the late Mr. Thomas Della-Rocca. He represented a number of high-end manufacturers as being their export agent. Think of companies as Audio Research, Martin Logan, Grado, Dahlquist, Sequerra and more. Thomas was in fact one of the partners in the original Marantz company. Saul Marantz of course, Sidney Smith, Dick Sequerra and Thomas. I must say that I always had a most pleasant relation with the man and through him I met a number of interesting people. Who can say nowadays to have been drinking tea with Saul Marantz? It brings not one penny, but it is one of the big values I care. Or having met John Dahlquist. Great speaker designer. Dick Sequerra, Sidney Smith, Joe Grado (the last one I in fact never met and circumstances made me think he did not even exist … so I wrote a letter to ask him that and the answer was that … he DID exist). Most of these high end companies were growing larger and started to handle their exports themselves. What a disaster … Is The Netherlands in Denmark? Of course you can sell as much as Germany? Do you hear the transformer hum when the music is on? Maybe here the problems started? Someone not (cap)able to do the export job doing the export job …

audiolabIn UK we were dealing with a small company called AUDIOLAB. They made a nice and serious integrated amplifier (Model 8000A). The owner, Philip Swift, was a gentleman, and he and the company was a great pleasure to work with. Unfortunately we could not sell under the name AUDIOLAB as that brandname was registered in Europe by Mr. Ton Dunnebier from … AudioLab in Holland. He was not a problematic man, but had his cable brand AudioLab and of course did not want confusion. So we joined the German distributor and distributed the products under the brandname CONCEPT.

horrorAll was going well, the line was growing … 8000C, 8000P, 8000M, 8000CD, 8000DAC etc. And then suddenly … the news that the company was bought by an investor … And not a small one! A very pro in fact. To be continued tomorrow …

Over hermanvandendungen

Almost 40 years of being with and in the world of high-end audio equipment. As distributor of Krell, Sonus Faber, Cello, Conrad-Johnnson and many more, initiator of brands like Kiseki, Cogelco, AH!, PrimaLuna, Mystère and maybe more to follow.
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