From Albert Von Schweikert:
Hello Fellow Audiophiles,
I am proud to joint the circle of audiophiles who own Von Schweikert speaker systems and will try to answer as many questions per day as my 10-14hr daily schedule permits. As I am an incurable audiophile as well as a research scientist, I love to share ideas with my fellow music lovers. I hope to share my knowledge of room tuning, equipment matching, trouble shooting, and general "tweaking" with you guys (and hopefully, some gals as well - my wife shares my passion for music).
I am very proud that you folks have devoted your time. energy and money to enjoy music in your homes. When I grew up in Germany in the 1950's, music was everywhere - there were few diversions such as television or computers which seem to take up so much of our time these days. I hope that many of you also play musical instruments and/or go to live concerts. I seem to derive a high degree of satisfaction every time I hear a rousing piece of music, whether it be Beethoven or the Beatles! (My mother forced me to take piano and violin lessons which I hated when I was a kid, but I later discovered that playing in a rock band was a great way to meet girls!)
I own a recording studio using Digidesign ProTools recording equipment and play keyboards and guitar. If you wish to find out more about my musical background, visit this website about rock bands from the 1960's: http://www.teddwebb.com/garage_bands/the_ravens.html
We backed Sonny and Cher on one tour, and Neil Diamond asked me to become his lead guitar player and song arranger. Turning down Neil was the most difficult decision I have ever had to make, but I was in college and music was just a diversion for me at the time. The following year, we backed Jimmy Page and his Yardbirds, who later formed Led Zeppelin. Jimmy Page and I were "beat up" in Lakeland, Florida, when we got off our tour bus and were confronted by some country boys who thought our long hair was a perfect excuse for a fist fight. When the cops arrived, they arrested Jimmy and I because we were the counter culture, and the cops were relatives of the rednecks who assaulted us! Oh well, great memories....
As we all have discovered, assembling a stereo system that resembles 'live music" is impossible, but I have spent the last 32 years of my life conducting research into how to improve a small portion of this reproduction system. I will be happy to answer technical engineering questions as well as "audiophile" questions regarding system matching and tuning. For now, good night, as it is almost midnight and my workday is done. Over the next few days I will continue to post interesting "tweaks" I have discovered over the years and we can start on an adventure together, to discover what works in our systems and what we need to do in order to improve our sound systems.
Albert Von Schweikert