I just got an email that Harvey had passed away while traveling in Illinois. I called his home and got a police officer on the phone (I then separately called the police department on another line to assure myself that it was not some elaborate hoax). I understand that it was possibly a heart attack.
I was working with him to develop a new cable, I will miss him.
He was a strong and controversial character in audio, but absolutely fired up with passion for "that final sound".
Rest In Peace, Dr Gizmo.
We were emailing a week or so ago...
Harvey was a colorful part of the audio scene for many years. I first met him back in the early 70's when he had just moved NYAL up to Ossining (right near Sing-Sing Prison...) NY. He was making those extremely large (for their day...) Futterman amps, some were 4 chassis units - amp chassis, power supply chassis, needing a pair to make stereo. He had the BIG Sound Labs in the listening room there. Apparently he had hired Jon Snyder who later designed most of the amps that made Krell famous to wring out the problems in the Futtermans -
and another fellow whose name escapes me at the momement who really knew his stuff too, and designed those neat and quiet Nuvistor based preamps for him...
A few years back I participated in a really curious Triode Guild "party" at his place in CT - he had the Westminster Tannoys, a huge
industrial room with 30 ft ceilings... and about 40 people lugging along mostly home made triode gear of assorted types and shapes...
I always enjoyed Harvey's flair and imagination - his style spoke for itself - and his writing was really quite good. The book he wrote on audio and "zen" is a worthwhile read. (what was the title?? - I have it in the LR on the shelf...)
I'm not at all familiar with this crowd, but perhaps the designer whose name you can't recall is George Kaye?
Could someone say a word about Harvey's background, for the rest of us. It's sad, but people often only learn of a person's greatness in the obits...
I was not that familiar with Dr. Gizmo, but I did read his entertaining reviews.
There is one thing that sticks in my mind though more than anything I have read by him:
"You must first get your brain focused on your relationship to music…it is your compass in the audio storm….without it you will lost forever…with it..musical ecstasy is guaranteed."
You know, we need more people with that idea in the industry. It is a shame that we have lost one.
Rest his soul,
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