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Joe Grado: Happy 88th Birthday

Posted on July 1, 2012 at 08:47:51

Posts: 1431
Location: Charlotte, NC
Joined: April 4, 2000
This coming Thursday, July 5th, will be Joe's 88th birthday. If anyone would like to post a birthday greeting on this thread I will be sure to have him see it.


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Hey Joe..., posted on July 1, 2012 at 09:14:28
Grados are the best headphones around for rock music, IMO. Thanks for the legacy.


Best wishes from a long-time Grado cart owner (currently a Master). nt, posted on July 1, 2012 at 09:19:32
Rick W

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March 22, 2002


Thanks Joe for so many great products. Happy Birthday!!!, posted on July 1, 2012 at 12:41:27

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Location: New Mexico
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from a 125 headphone and TLZ owner.


Happy birthday, Joe!, posted on July 1, 2012 at 15:58:06

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Location: Florida
Joined: December 8, 2005
Thanks for helping make this industry and this hobby better. I'll continue enjoying my Grado Gold, Sonata and SR 80s. May the day find you happy and healthy.



Happy 88th Birthday!!!, posted on July 1, 2012 at 17:19:30

Posts: 617
Location: Nebraska
Joined: January 2, 2001
Hi Joe,
Thanks for all the excellent music! I am an ardent lover of the Grado sound
because it is natural! I use Grado Gold1's, SR60's, SR225's, SR325i's,
RS1i's, and PS500's...


RE: Joe Grado: Happy 88th Birthday, posted on July 1, 2012 at 17:54:45

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Location: Chicago's North Shore
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Happy Birthday Joe! My wife and I have enjoyed many of your fine cartridges through the years. The audio world is a better place for your presence.

Hope you have a good day Thursday.


RE: Joe Grado: Happy 88th Birthday, posted on July 2, 2012 at 14:35:03

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Location: NYC
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I just wqant to add my birth
day wishes. Yes I still lo ve and use your turntable arm(GORGEOUS AND BRILLIANT): your cARTRIges
and earphones. Great gifts and made my nephews happy.Hope your health is manageable.
With respect and admiration.
Gary Brandwein NYC


RE: Joe Grado: Happy 88th Birthday, posted on July 4, 2012 at 07:27:56
From a big fan and long-time customer!


RE: Joe Grado: Happy 88th Birthday, posted on July 4, 2012 at 12:18:56

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Location: Charlotte, NC
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Just a bump/reminder the day before Joe's birthday for anyone who hasn't posted a Birthday greeting and would like to do so. I will be having lunch with Joe tomorrow and will print out the posts for him to enjoy.


RE: Joe Grado: Happy 88th Birthday, posted on July 4, 2012 at 15:31:54

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Location: Western NY
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January 9, 2012
Happy Birthday!!!

I am a big fan of the headphones and have my first cartridge form you guys - a Sonata1 which is breaking in nicely!

Have a wonderful day!!!!
"We have met the enemy and he is us" - Pogo


An amazing man, company, and legacy - Happy Birthday, posted on July 4, 2012 at 15:37:30

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Location: New England
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October 23, 2016
From a long-time Grado cartridge owner (since the mid 1970s); Happy Birthday!

all the best,


Happy 88th Birthday Mr. Joe Grado!!!, posted on July 4, 2012 at 20:48:36

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Dear Mr. Joe Grado,
I'm wearing an original JG HP-2 that I restored (cosmetically) found in a thrift store.

Yes, a thrift store!! The best $3.50 I've ever spent - (this after years of delightful sound from my SR125's - these at full retail but worth every cent of course. : )

I was able to restore the HP-2 due to your exquisite craftsmanship (and service dept.) - from the leather headband pad to its machined components, they are perfect in design and function, and a delight to listen through and look at - a treasure!

I look forward to hearing a Grado cartridge some day, once I get my turntables up and running again.

Thanks for the years of outstanding critical sound listening due to your uncompromising and superb standards.

Have a blessed and HAPPY 88th Birthday, sir - and many more.


Happy 88th Birthday, posted on July 4, 2012 at 21:01:43
Alex F.

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Location: Florida
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Happy Birthday, Mr. Grado.

I sometimes still use and enjoy the Grado Signature 6 that you made for me and hand-delivered to George Bischoff's audio shop in Dunellen, NJ, in the early 1980s. Thank you for the great musicality and sonics!


Happy Birthday and thanks for helping make listening to music that much more of a pleasure!...N/T, posted on July 4, 2012 at 21:16:32

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"Once this was all Black Plasma and Imagination"-Michael McClure


RE: Joe Grado: Happy 88th Birthday, posted on July 6, 2012 at 06:42:17

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Many happy returns of the day, sir!

Like so many others, I've owned a fair number of Grado headphones and cartridges, given others as gifts and recommended them dozens of times. They appeal to everyone, audiophiles and those who aren't. I would call Grado products indispensable, and your work a great gift to all of us. A thousand thanks, and have a wonderful day and year.


RE: Joe Grado: Happy 88th Birthday, posted on July 7, 2012 at 09:54:01
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The birthday party on July 5th for Joe was excellent and I wanted to again thank you for making the arrangements. Here's a link to the images I have from the occasion in case others might enjoy them as well:

Many thanks,



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