RIP Don Garber

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RIP Don Garber

Post by Thermionic Idler » Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:04 pm

It seems Don Garber of Fi has sadly passed on. I'm guessing not many here would be familiar with his work but for some years I owned a pair of the Fi 2A3 monoblocks and I still have a Fi Yph phonostage. I really liked the guy's design aesthetic - I kinda feel as though I should keep the Yph around as a design piece.

Edit: the following is a rather wonderful write-up / obituary by Jeff Day:

http://jeffsplace.me/wordpress/?p=11598
Deck: Garrard 301
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Van Den Hul Black Beauty
Phono: Whest PS30RDT
Pre-amp - Scratch built AMB α24/LCDuino
Amp - Transcendent "Son of Beast" 15W OTL
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Re: RIP Don Garber

Post by IslandPink » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:18 pm

I had seen that on the Joelist, but that's a lovely article there to fill in more details. He was obviously one of the key people who drove the valve revival. JC Morrison must feel his loss very much. I remember all the references to Fi and the adverts in Sound Practices.
I didn't realise you'd owned some Fi amps - respect due :)
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Re: RIP Don Garber

Post by Thermionic Idler » Wed Jun 14, 2017 12:39 am

Thanks - I kind of regret selling them now because I'd have liked to have heard them with the Mets - they weren't all that happy with the Hornings, they just couldn't control those big bass drivers very well, but the midrange tone was lovely. I always liked 2A3's. I know from Steve's historical posts that low powered SE amps drove the Mets quite well, although these probably would have still been a little underpowered. Unfortunately at the time I was in a financial bind, they weren't being used so they had to go onto the market.
Deck: Garrard 301
Audio Origami PU7
Van Den Hul Black Beauty
Phono: Whest PS30RDT
Pre-amp - Scratch built AMB α24/LCDuino
Amp - Transcendent "Son of Beast" 15W OTL
Speakers - FF225WK Metronomes

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