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Old 08-20-2019, 07:47 PM
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I was heading to Scottsdale, Arizona on business and at the last possible minute dropped a message asking Dan D’Agostino if I could swing by before my week started on Monday. Dan answered very quickly over the weekend, said he was in NY but his son Alex would take care of me.

This really being my first time in Arizona where I had some time, did some discovering and stayed in beautiful Sedona about 2 hours north of Phoenix and visited The Grand Canyon still a few hours north of Sedona and to add a factory tour. D’Agostino’s factory was directly in route back to Scottsdale where I had business to attend. I now can see why D’Agostino moved operations from the East Coast to Arizona, originally setting up camp in Carefree then moving down the road to his now beautiful headquarters and factory located in Cave Creek, Arizona.

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On a 100 degree, dry heat day, the parking lot was filled with cars belonging to the many craftsman building several amps in all different stages along with his son and daughter working in the family business. The layout is a bullpen type feel with everyone approachable and visible. I feel I really now know Dan, without really knowing Dan - it was clearly evident doing things right was embedded in his team, a sign from a good leader - I like that!

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Upon entering the factory, there was a near complete set of Relentless Monos getting ready for a new owner residing overseas as well as several Momentum and Progressions in various stages of build shipping all over the globe as well as here in the United States.

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But back to the Relentless, there is no way anyone could not notice this. I know the Relentless is massive in every way but seeing it up and close in a build setting just showed how colossal of an amp this really is.

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This visit further established my support for the brand as an owner and equally important to the man and team behind the equipment.

In my case, the Momentum’s clearly grip the Wilson Alexias with complete authority allowing for music to be played in the manner it should.

Thank you DD’ and Co, I look forward in listening to your products for many years to come!
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Old 08-20-2019, 08:39 PM
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Great report and beautiful pictures Ed. By coincidence, I’m heading to Sedona for a few days after RMAF, and then have a business meeting in Scottsdale - you’ve given me an
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Old 08-20-2019, 08:46 PM
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Great pics Ed!!
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Cool pics Ed, that transformer in the Relentless is huge. Did you ask them if any of D'agostino folks if they would be at RMAF in a few weeks?

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Old 08-20-2019, 09:32 PM
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Thank you for sharing this Ed! Great photos.
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Old 08-21-2019, 03:41 AM
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Glad you loved DD shop down south in Scottsdale area and our beautiful state as well. Those of us residing here love our state!
Up in the central state mountain area it’s just stunning, quiet and perfect.
Enjoy AZ while you’re here!
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Old 08-21-2019, 10:16 AM
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Tony, it’s worth it, keep us updated!

Thanks Steve

Buck I did specifically ask, but reference was made to Munich

Oddeophile - Yes to all accounts!

In the end if your not living where your living, it’s just comfortable to come home - but I do miss Sedona!
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Old 08-21-2019, 10:58 AM
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So do I. We go for lunch and come home shortly after.

This gorgeous country has beauty to offer no matter where we live. Enjoy your state and local areas regularly. We all forget our home states so often.
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So do I. We go for lunch and come home shortly after.

This gorgeous country has beauty to offer no matter where we live. Enjoy your state and local areas regularly. We all forget our home states so often.


So true
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Speakers: Wilson Alexias
Cabling: Nordost Odin/Valhalla 2; Power, Interconnects & Speaker | Ansuz; C2 Power & Interconnect | Audioquest Diamond RJ 45’s
Power: Nordost QRT series | Keces P3 & P8 | Furutech GTX D NSF package | Dedicated 20 Amp with Surge Guard | ADD-POWR series
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I had no idea they were right here. I moved here in '02 and fell in love with Arizona!
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