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Old 4th June 2006, 05:09 AM   #121
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Ahh, I think there may be something wrong with me.

Why is it that I'm so interested in the career and accomplishments of an audio designer? I would think that most others would be a bit more interested in sports figures or actors.

I find Nelson's story more compelling. My friends think I need professional help

Thanks for the pics
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Old 4th June 2006, 08:54 AM   #122
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Old 5th June 2006, 02:39 PM   #123
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Mr. Pass,
Thank you for sharing these important pieces of audio history with us.
I would be interested in knowing who did design on the case work, and how that process works. Did you use outside designers or it was done in house? How much is that process changed today? Did you manufacture cases in house or you used outside company for that? When you design your amps, how much you influence the esthetics of the gear?
I apologize if you find my questions too reveling for the business, I just have a strong interest in visual portion of the audio gear.
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Old 5th June 2006, 07:07 PM   #124
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The original Threshold chassis concepts were Rene Besne's
work, usually formally drawn by someone else and machined
by Wagner Machine in Shingle Springs (no longer there).

The first Pass Labs chassis (the Alephs) were done by me,
and we machined them in my shop. Later the X series was
done by Desmond Harrington (previously of Krell, back when
their stuff was really swell), and Harrington continues to design
the stuff today.
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Old 5th June 2006, 11:04 PM   #125
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Mr Pass,
thank you very much for the answers.
I find audio gear as an modern art form, and particularly "industrial strenght" Treshold and Pass Lab hold a special place. My favorite is "X Generation" with its curved lines which is contrast to the straight powerfull box of Treshold lines. All of them, including minimalistic unusuall Alephs at the time when came out, were trend makers for sure. When I couldn't afford them they were like an icons carefully saved in brochure pictures that I collected for imaginary enjoyment. Today it is display on the top of my shelf. I would conclude that Mr. Desmond Harrington's work for Krell and Pass Lab in audio field represents what Apple did in idustrial design for computer industry.
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Old 9th June 2006, 11:32 PM   #126
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For your continued enjoyment, here are two new directories
featuring the 4 page "technical brochures" from about 1978
on "Class A" and "Cascode"

Ignore the marketing hyperbole...

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Old 10th June 2006, 08:41 AM   #127
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Originally posted by Nelson Pass
Ignore the marketing hyperbole
The times-a r-a changing.
You think you could have gotten away with the statements in the PassLabs product brochures and articles in 1978 ?

Gents, re-shuffle the deck. The ClassA1 pic comes after ClassA3.
(took me an hour or so, i'm only good with 2 pages max)
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Old 10th June 2006, 09:11 AM   #128
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If I can't open all Nelson's attachments (and firstwatt home page),
where I have problem?

Anyone has answer?

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