As many of you know I've been working with Dan on his advertising campaign, photography, and graphic design. Way back at RMAF '06 when Dan was having the new workshop built he mentioned that he would need photographs of the new facility. Well, the shop has been around for a few years now and we've only just finally got around to actually doing some photographs of it. It's not been for lack of trying, but timing and circumstance have not been in our favor. Hopefully it's worth the wait as a shoot like this really does require getting a whole lot of ducks in a row to pull off, especially when dealing with a very busy manufacturing facility, as well as Dan's busy schedule. Dan will vouch for me on this one, architectural photography is no day in the park! Dan's done a beautiful job designing his space and picking out and facilitating all of the various details. The listening room is outstanding in every respect with the artwork / sound panels by Stephen Yates, and gorgeous speakers by Daedelus. So, for those of you who cannot make it out to the shop for a cappuccino, some good music, good conversation and a very good dog, here's a few pics of the place, which is ever growing as is Dan's business.
The listening room from the hot seat (as seen before here):
...and an unusual view from the back of the room...
I think this may be Dan's favorite as it shows the production space, the listening room, flanked by the vital fluids section to the right.
Got amplifiers? As you can see, this is serious business. Dan's KWA 150 sold through the first production run and is well into the second. I own one and can tell you exactly why: It's a damn fine amp!
More amp chassis's
A drawer of custom caps
I think this is one of my favorite shots of the weekend. We were doing a shot of Dan's desk when the phone rang. It was Spencer, Dan's 6 year-old son to ask dad when he might be coming home (we both had to take the weekend away from family to do these pictures). The board on the desk is the new Oppo output stage Dan's designed with Alan Kimmel (hope it's OK to show that...Dan?). If you visit be sure to bring a treat, or a few treats, to be sure to get past the vicious shop dog, Carter....he paid me off to say that (got a few extra licks). Carter and Spencer love their dad!
The view from the Captain's Chair:
Dan does some listening on his office system. There is ample evidence throughout the building that Dan does test and compare his gear with various options.
I think I'd completely worn out Dan and Carter at this point - this was one of our last shots of the weekend.
I hope you've enjoyed the virtual tour.