More big news for a small company

DSkipDSkip Posts: 13,646
Some of you already know this, but for the past few months, I have been acting as the distributor for Rosso Fiorentino. At this point, I have great confidence that we are moving to a permanent situation and feel comfortable sharing it publicly. In all honesty, this brand has proven to me that there are speakers out there I prefer over Usher that don't have to cost boohoos of money. They aren't cheap speakers, but they aren't egregious either.

A new development is that we are now beginning a partnership with Mastersound of Italy to be their US distributor as well. I am very excited about this proposition as it gives me a full, well balanced distribution that covers sources (North Star Design) all the way to the speakers. The Italians have some good things going on, especially in the way of audio.

http://www.mastersoundsas.it/

I've taken a big risk and quit my day job about 2 months ago to focus on AudioThesis full time. As more time passes, I feel like I am in a position to fully depend on and support my family with the business. I say that with a lot of 'hope' spread in, but I also am very critical of my situation and feel the hope is warranted. The good thing is my products are good enough that I don't have to be a salesman (something I despise). The products sell themselves - its just my job to ensure they are performing at their best.

Anyways, thought you guys might be interested to hear about the developments.
audiothesis.com/

Speakers: Harbeth: P3ESR, 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: CP-6311, Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S60, S55, S35, S30, S20, S15, RTA 15tl, Sonner Audio Allegro Unum
Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
Integrateds: Dayens Ampino, Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
Sources: AURALiC Aries, AURALiC Altair, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
Cabling: Wireworld
TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
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  • mrbironmrbiron Posts: 4,475
    That's excellent news!

    Ultimately, what is the plan? Are you going to open up your own place once you are comfortably settled in?
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 27,811
    I wouldn't open my own place, brick and mortar has overhead.

    Seems like we are going to make you an honorary Dago soon Skip. Those Italians have a flair for design and sound for sure. Not to mention food and wine as well....and women....and soccer....lol
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  • BlueMDPickerBlueMDPicker Old Polk Posts: 6,596
    Congrats!

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  • ManticoreManticore Posts: 153
    /\/\/\DSkip: The good thing is my products are good enough that I don't have to be a salesman (something I despise). The products sell themselves - its just my job to ensure they are performing at their best.

    Sounds like what a Honda car salesperson said to me years ago. " if someone does not want this car it's OK, walk away, because there will be someone right behind them that does" they sell themselves.

    Best of luck with future plans.

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  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 3,751
    Awesome Skip! Onward and upward!
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    Yamaha RX-A1010; Parasound HCA-1000a; Arcam rDac; Mains: PSB Imagine Mini + MartinLogan Dynamo (original) sub; Center - Def Tech Procenter 1000; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - SVS PB10-ISD; Sony BDP-S390, FireTV gen 2

    Master Bedroom
    Marantz SR-5007; Audiosource Amp Two, Dynaudio Emit 10, NHT Super One CI, ACI Titan subwoofer, FireTV, Arcam rDac; Bryson BPD-1
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 9,405
    Congratulations Skip. It is impressive how you have rebounded over the last year or so. It appears your October event should be quite the party. :)
    Bud

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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 8,454
    BlueFox wrote: »
    Congratulations Skip. It is impressive how you have rebounded over the last year or so. It appears your October event should be quite the party. :)

    Don't see that happening because his new big October event will be RMAF B) ...congrats
    2-channel: Modwright KWI-200 Integrated, Dynaudio C1-II Signatures, Simaudio 780D DAC
    Desktop rig: LSi7, Polk 110sub, Dayens Ampino amp, W4S DAC/pre, Sonos, JRiver
    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, Modwright LS100, Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated
    Gone to new homes: (Matt Polk's)Threshold Stasis SA12e monoblocks, Pass XA30.5 amp, Usher MD2 speakers, Dynaudio C4 platinum speakers
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 1,548
    Congrats skip, glad things are falling in to place for you and your family.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 13,646
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    BlueFox wrote: »
    Congratulations Skip. It is impressive how you have rebounded over the last year or so. It appears your October event should be quite the party. :)

    Don't see that happening because his new big October event will be RMAF B) ...congrats

    It will. The weekend after. It's going to be a hellacious two weeks but the payoff will be great.
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Harbeth: P3ESR, 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: CP-6311, Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S60, S55, S35, S30, S20, S15, RTA 15tl, Sonner Audio Allegro Unum
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Dayens Ampino, Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, AURALiC Altair, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 8,454
    Well ok then...I'll book Dallas :)
    2-channel: Modwright KWI-200 Integrated, Dynaudio C1-II Signatures, Simaudio 780D DAC
    Desktop rig: LSi7, Polk 110sub, Dayens Ampino amp, W4S DAC/pre, Sonos, JRiver
    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, Modwright LS100, Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated
    Gone to new homes: (Matt Polk's)Threshold Stasis SA12e monoblocks, Pass XA30.5 amp, Usher MD2 speakers, Dynaudio C4 platinum speakers
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 13,646
    Ain't no rest for the wicked brother.
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Harbeth: P3ESR, 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: CP-6311, Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S60, S55, S35, S30, S20, S15, RTA 15tl, Sonner Audio Allegro Unum
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Dayens Ampino, Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, AURALiC Altair, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • DerfDerf Posts: 113
    DSkip wrote: »
    Anyways, thought you guys might be interested to hear about the developments.
    Always wonderful to hear about good things happening to exceptional people, and Skip, you are one exceptional person. I can't thank you enough for your kindness over the last few months.

    For everyone else on this forum, Skip put my system together for me, first high end system I have ever owned. You see in my sig what I have working. Skip had the patience to not only speak with me on the phone multiple times and communicate through this forum and email, but he also set up a "demo" with @Mikey081057 so I could listen to the Usher sound--thank you, Mike! And thanks also to @txcoastal1 for the MD2s--wouldn't have been complete without those!

    For Mike and Ron to do this for me, someone they did not know, on Skip's recommendation shows how much they think of him, and I believe proves Skip will be successful with his business. I am grateful and honored to be associated with such a fine man.
    Preamp: Dayens Ampino
    Amps: Dayens Monoblocks
    Speakers: Usher MD2
    DAC: North Star Design Supremo
    Streaming Source: AURALiC Aries Mini
    Power Source: PS Audio PP3 on dedicated 20amp circuit
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 1,201
    Congrats man! Running a business is never easy but i am ecstatic to hear things are going great.
    Living room

    Mains: SDA 2B Studio
    Lows: Velodyne CHT12
    Power: Marantz SR7000 Preouts to Yamaha AV34
    Tv: Samsung UHD 55' Curved

    2 Channel/Bedroom

    *under construction*
    Polk TSI 200
    Power: Marantz PM235
    CDP: Technics SL-PD688
    TT: Pioneer PL510

    Noggin Rockin'

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    Polk RTA11TL
    New Large Advents 25th Anniversary Edition
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  • Jimbo18Jimbo18 Posts: 1,576
    Good luck and best wishes, Skip.
    Modest HT - Sony STRDA3700ES, RT800i, CS400i center, RT25i surrounds, Def Tech PF 15TL+, Belkin PF30, Sony BDP-S390.
    Bedroom - HK AVR 340, Monitor 5jr+ Series2, CS245 center, Yamaha YST-SW160, Furez 10/2, Roku 3
  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 1,570
    Sounds like things are really taking off. Congrats!
  • DabutcherDabutcher Posts: 1,365
    Good luck. Keep us posted. You are doing what a lot of us only dream of. Rock on! Peace. D
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  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,181
    Good job Skip. If I ever hit the lotto or move out of CA to a place where I can afford to buy upper end speakers you will be my first stop.
    When I was a kid my parents told me to turn it down. Now I'm an adult and my kids tell me to turn it down.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN60H,
    Marantz SR5010, Emotiva BasX-A300
    Oppo BDP-93,Sony UBP-X800BM, Sony DVP-NS3100ES, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk Signature S60
    Center: Polk TSX250C
    Front High TC80i
    Rear: Polk MC80
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Sony KDF-E42A10,
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S30
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
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    Polk RTi4 about 15' up the wall
    Old sony 12" Sub
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  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 3,371
    Do they play well with Serbians? If so give me the big'uns.
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 13,646
    Thanks for the positive vibes guys. This has been a whirlwind of ups and downs over the life of this business and it is now reaching a level I never anticipated. I've gone through a couple of different business models but my mission has never changed. I am at the final stage I hope and can watch it grow into a bigger platform over the next few years.

    You guys have been a big part of my success and my continuing growth from our family's great loss. You guys also rock my Octobers, hence why I can't not do a meet right after RMAF.
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Harbeth: P3ESR, 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: CP-6311, Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S60, S55, S35, S30, S20, S15, RTA 15tl, Sonner Audio Allegro Unum
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Dayens Ampino, Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, AURALiC Altair, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • WagnerRCWagnerRC Posts: 1,636
    Congratulations Skip. Very happy for you.
  • voltzvoltz Posts: 4,681
    Congrats Skip. Their products look pretty cool :)
    2 ch- Polk CRS+ * Vincent SA-31MK Preamp * Vincent Sp-331 Amp * Marantz SA8005 SACD * Project Xperience Classic TT * Sumiko Blue Point #2 MC cartridge

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  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 7,029
    Quitting your job is a risky step, it'd understandably make anyone nervous. Comes with big rewards though. Good luck Derek!
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    | AVR - Yamaha Aventage RX-A1020 | Preamp - Dared MC-7P | Amp - B&K Reference 4420 |
    | Turntable - Yamaha PX-3 | Cartridge - Dynavector DV-20X2H | Digital Source - AURALiC Aries Mini |
    | TV - LG 60" 4K | Gaming - Xbox One - PS3 - New 3DS XL - Nvidia Shield TV |

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  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 3,957
    Wow! Takes guts. Awesome doing what you love.
  • FTGVFTGV Posts: 3,530
    I wish you much success in a very competitive field. Looks like you have a nice product line up.
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 8,454
    FTGV wrote: »
    I wish you much success in a very competitive field. Looks like you have a nice product line up.

    Fred, you still doing the record shop thing and repairs/mods
    2-channel: Modwright KWI-200 Integrated, Dynaudio C1-II Signatures, Simaudio 780D DAC
    Desktop rig: LSi7, Polk 110sub, Dayens Ampino amp, W4S DAC/pre, Sonos, JRiver
    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, Modwright LS100, Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated
    Gone to new homes: (Matt Polk's)Threshold Stasis SA12e monoblocks, Pass XA30.5 amp, Usher MD2 speakers, Dynaudio C4 platinum speakers
  • FTGVFTGV Posts: 3,530
    txcoastal1 wrote: »

    Fred, you still doing the record shop thing and repairs/mods
    :* Never did the record shop thing.Any repairs/mods were strictly of a diy nature not as a business. I still dabble in diy audio, though not as much as I used to.

  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 8,454
    Sorry to derail Skip, but there was a pretty audio techie member here who I believe worked security. He had a buddy that opened a record shop that he could work/run and do repairs/mods at will. Hmmmmm.... :/
    2-channel: Modwright KWI-200 Integrated, Dynaudio C1-II Signatures, Simaudio 780D DAC
    Desktop rig: LSi7, Polk 110sub, Dayens Ampino amp, W4S DAC/pre, Sonos, JRiver
    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, Modwright LS100, Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated
    Gone to new homes: (Matt Polk's)Threshold Stasis SA12e monoblocks, Pass XA30.5 amp, Usher MD2 speakers, Dynaudio C4 platinum speakers
  • gp4jesusgp4jesus Posts: 1,017
    I salute you! This country was built on free enterprise.
    tonyb wrote: »
    I wouldn't open my own place, brick and mortar has overhead.

    Seems like we are going to make you an honorary Dago soon Skip. Those Italians have a flair for design and sound for sure. Not to mention food and wine as well....and women....and soccer....lol
    Cars? Lamborghini, Ferrari, to name 2


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    Outlaw Audio 975 Pre/Pro
    Samsung BDP, DirecTV Rcvr, Xbox 360, Dennon LDP, Phillips CD chgr

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    BJC 10 ga - LCR mids, inside & out
    8 ga Powerline - LR woofers, inside & out

    LR: tri-amped RTi A7. Woofers, Rotel 98X amp; M & T, P'sound HCA-1000
    CC: Rotel RB985 -> tri-amped CSi A6
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    Surrounds: Hafler XL280 -> AR 12 ga -> RTi A3*
    Power Conditioning & Distribution:
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    *Bi-amped early 2018 (I hope)
  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 3,957
    Dont forget Democracy!
  • scottyboy76scottyboy76 Posts: 2,935
    staying fully occupied is the best meds after what you have been thru.We are all so proud and hopeful for you, best of luck and success, you deserve it
    humpty dumpty was pushed
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