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RIP Steve Schell

Posted on August 26, 2023 at 16:03:19

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Terrible news..., posted on August 27, 2023 at 05:32:11

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A true gentleman in all respects. So knowledgeable and so willing to share that knowledge.

Some of my favorite moments in audio were listening to those big Cogent horns at CES and RMAF.

Rest in peace, Steve.


Very sad news., posted on August 27, 2023 at 09:13:37
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Steve did a history of Altec presentation at the '03 Midwest Audio Fest in Ohio that was one of the high points of the show. I heard the big Cogent rig at the '07 RMAF and thought it was the best at the show, though the standard audio mags seemed oblivious to it's presence at that show. We haven't heard much from Steve on this forum during the last several years, and his presence here will be missed.



RE: RIP Steve Schell, posted on August 27, 2023 at 13:04:10

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Sorry to hear that news. A good guy RIP


RE: RIP Steve Schell, posted on August 28, 2023 at 08:27:42
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A sad loss. I met him a few times and heard the earliest Cogent that showed great promise in their earliest iteration.


Fellow home constructor who taugh me its not fail if learn, posted on August 31, 2023 at 12:55:12

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In the late 1990s early 2000s there was a SoCal bass list (way to communicate groups before forums) that would spawn some gatherings and run what ya brung events

Through that I was able to spend time with folks like Dr Edgar, William Firebaugh of TrueTemper turntables Mr Schell and Mr Drysdale.

One of the gatherings was at Mr Schell house. This was before Cogent

He had some very specific approach to his playback systems. In his front room he had a snail sub bass horn. Massive, covered his front room window and some conical horns of his making and very very old field coil drivers, he also didn't use insulation n his speaker wires. He just ran bare wire up and across walls in a miniature telegraph pole setup. Yes clearly a single guy

He also had cast a horn in his backyard, dug hole , made cast himself, melt/poured his own metal. He said casting mostly worked but didn't like the geometry, so he just put the creation back on to of his casting hole

He made his own diaphragms just to learn. Convinced me to try to make my own cones, cause he reminded me that a failure understood was a learning event to making the next one more right.

After trying myself, I learned some, mostly you need steady hands and sharp eyes while leaving it up to folks with precise tooling

His personal creations and ultimately his and Mr Drysdale Cogent units were just awe inspiring in creation and music reproduction

He was gentle in his approach, but was willing to go technical toe to toe with even strong willed personas like Dr Edgar. He/they would not let a conical horn be seen as without merit or inferior.

And his full on commitment to the advantages of field coil drivers, inspired even at least one commercial manufacture to offer field. Oils as options to their line up.

The ultimate culmination in f his passion and Mr Drysdale s mechanical and machining was presented at THE Show n several occasions. Still one of a handful of truly unlimited performance speakers I've had the pleasure of experiencing. Yello's Oh Yeah was engulfing but tone accurate from infrasonics to well beyond human ears on 1.25 watts!

I was not a close friend like many here are, but his willingness to learn by trying willing to fail stuck with me to this day.

I am greatly sadden by another loss of technical member of SoCal Basslist


RE: RIP Steve Schell, posted on September 7, 2023 at 08:47:24

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gee - - - what a great guy and loyal friend to the Karlson 15K. R.I.P.
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Oh my ...RIP Steve!, posted on September 13, 2023 at 14:56:20

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I've been to the same shows and met both Cogent guys. Carried with me some unique field coil compression driver and wanted their opinion.
While I didn't think RMAF 07 was a successful show for Cogent, the pair was some of the nicest people in Audio I met. Steve had an encyclopedic knowledge of vintage drivers.


RE: "While I didn't think RMAF 07 was a successful show for Cogent", posted on September 14, 2023 at 12:42:58

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Maybe a good show for Cogent after all.

They sold the speakers right off the floor of the show and delivered them to a customer, who lived right outside Denver, on the way home.

I bought that customers 'old' Edgar Horns and we are both still enjoying our speakers.


Looking back 20 years all me ex'es appear more agreeable, posted on September 14, 2023 at 14:50:41

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Than they really were...
Cogent had a lot of problems with that show and there was a distinct feeling of disappointment considering all the efforts which went into drivers and system and expectations resulting from those efforts. All horn systems on that show performed poorly. Welborne BD systems horns were a joke. Terry Cain (rip) big system (Bailey?) with Electronoluv amps was grotesquely bad and Avantagarde was underwhelming to say the least. I don't remember a single memorable set up from that show but I do remember driving from Michigan through Nebraska and Iowa thinking the plains will never end.


Sorry, you went to the wrong show..., posted on September 14, 2023 at 15:21:59

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RMAF 2006 was the year that Teres owner Chris Brady bought the COGENTS right out of the room. It was the year Ron Welborne was in the COGENT room with is big reel to reel and his amps bi-amping the COGENTS.

Best sound I ever heard at a show.

Chris Brady at TERES bought the horns and showed them in 2007 in a huge room with wimpy EIMAC amps and they didn't sound nearly as good as the prior year.

Sorry, you should have driven out in 2006.

I bought Chris' Edgar Horns in early 2007, before RMAF. Sorry for the mistake.


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