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Andy Rapapport

Does anyone remember him, and his (I believe it was preamps) from the seventies? He was quite a sensation for a bit, but I don't know what became of him. I think at one point he teamed up with a speaker designer.

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I'm starting to get the feeling......

That Stereophile is nearly extinct.

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Nah. Just waiting for an

Nah. Just waiting for an interesting topic. :-)
See here: https://audiokarma.org/forums/index.php?threads/nominations-for-the-worst-designed-audio-components.26616/#post-227816

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Well, I read it

And it didn't sound very flattering that's for sure. I was thinking about buying one at the time but opted for an Apt Holman which was designed by a guy that had just left Harman-Kardon. I think ole Andy, or young Andy at the time went to work for, or with, Roy Allison of Allison speakers and apparently was never heard from again. Still, I'm sure there's his side of the story which we haven't heard.

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And, of course, Tom Holman

And, of course, Tom Holman went on to greater things.

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Yeah, Tom Holman

Got very positive press on his preamp when it came out because I think the fact that you could balance the cartridge output with the preamp was novel. Anyway given that I was surprised the company didn't last very long, or if it did, I haven't seen anything about it since. The last I read about him he had gone to work for George Lucas. Apparently running a business wasn't his strong Suit, because you couldn't buy the kind of positive press he got when he started his company. Well, water under the bridge as my uncle use to say.

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Re: Tom Holman
Ariel Views wrote:
Got very positive press on his preamp when it came out because I think the fact that you could balance the cartridge output with the preamp was novel. Anyway given that I was surprised the company didn't last very long, or if it did, I haven't seen anything about it since.

IIRC, Tomlinson Holman's assistant engineer at apt/Holman was Björn Erik Edvardsen, who was the creator of the historic NAD 3020 integrated amplifier, BEE, as he was known, passed away on December 16, 2018 from Myeloma/bone cancer. See www.stereophile.com/content/bj%C3%B6rn-erik-edvardsen-rip.

John Atkinson
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That's sad

I never knew very much about these guys in my day, beyond what I could read in HIFI publications,
because no internet. Just the same, I'm sure I would have considered them celebrities if I had ever met them.

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Andy Rappaport

I ran into Andy at the last CES I attended, January 2010. He looked really well, not suprisingly -- after realizing that manufacturing hi-fi components that frequently broke (100% failure rate has been mentioned) wasn't his true calling, he ended up in venture capital, which apparently was. Worked for (may still work for) August Capital.

Please note spelling: the two "p"s come first, then one p. I visited Andy's company in Westchester County back in the late '70s, when I was thinking of becoming an out-of-my-home audio retailer. Mitch Cotter was another company I considered carrying, and I still have a Mitch Cotter turntable, not currently in use.

I was fortunate not to succeed in my ambition as a retailer, and ran into Gordon Holt instead!

Larry A

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