Mr. Yoav Geva has left YG Acoustics

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No he has not as far as I know. He is still there as chief designer. Josh, Transparent Audio, has bought the company over and is the CEO. So a change of ownership, which is understandable given Andy is probably nearing 60! Transparent and Rockport have had a relationship, I believe, right from the outset going back decades.
Though, i guess it still remains to be seen if directionally Rockport changes courses the coming years.
That makes sense from the way both of them were speaking when I called. Thanks, Sujay.
 
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FWIW, I called Rockport several weeks ago, and spoke with both Andy and Josh, the new head, who were still working in the office.

They are still making the speakers in Andy’s house.
 

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This is absolutely not true. YG had their best trimester EVER earlier this year, and even closed due to the pandemic, the orders kept rolling in (I know, we've placed a few).
There's no need to spread misinformation like this right now.

I was referring to when he sold the company; if they are doing well now, great. Nonetheless, the CEO has a lot of damage control to do right now with Geva's departure
 
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The explanation is most likely the very simple one that Yoav got more enjoyment from designing and developing his range of speakers than he did from running the business.
Nothing new or unusual in that and by no means the first or only example.
 

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IMO, YG's latest designs are excellent, and arguably the best implementation of a traditional multi-driver box speaker that exists in the world today. I think YG would do just fine simply continuing to build the current speakers they offer for many years to come. Their popularity has grown over the years and this upward trend has not diminished AFAIK. I think the company is doing just fine, but I don't know anything for sure. I really hope the split was amicable and Mr. YG simply wanted to go do something else after accomplishing what he set out to do.
 
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So many marques are absolutely connected to their founders/chief designers. How many can survive once the motive force is gone? Unless of course a successor is carefully groomed.

Eg, I believe Andy Payor has left Rockport, has his successor cemented the company?

Andy Payor has not left Rockport. I met him there with Josh Clark earlier this year.
 

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Perhaps Mr. Geva did not want the headache of running the business and chose to focus on his love of design. Perhaps he found he could not ultimately fulfill that under the current corporate structure, so he left. Or, perhaps not.

Perhaps we can speculate some more ;)

I’m sure all will be revealed in good time. B&W, Sonus Faber, McIntosh, ARC, and others have moved on from their founders. VSA in a different way as well. Will see what happens.
 

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Nope, hence "I believe".
I thought I read that, and it was confirmed. The Lyra being the result rather than "double Altair" replacement for Arrakis.
Apologies if that's fake news.

It's false, and not news of any kind.

And the Arrakis is a double Altair. What Andy didn't do is a new Arrakis with a double Lyra.
 

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So many marques are absolutely connected to their founders/chief designers. How many can survive once the motive force is gone? Unless of course a successor is carefully groomed.

Eg, I believe Andy Payor has left Rockport, has his successor cemented the company?

Andy Payor has not left Rockport.
 

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Andy Payor has not left Wilson.:p
 
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Perhaps we can speculate some more ;)

I’m sure all will be revealed in good time. B&W, Sonus Faber, McIntosh, ARC, and others have moved on from their founders. VSA in a different way as well. Will see what happens.

Indeed - we shall see what the future brings.

In post #2 I listed other speaker manufacturers whose founder passed away or left. I danced around asking the question directly: where are those companies now and are they as 'strong' product-wise today as when the founder was still active? (Nobody picked up on that.) Broadly I'm thinking maybe they're not, with a few obvious exceptions.

The d'Agostino family survived and is flourishing. Is the same true of Krell? Are they now what they were under their founder?

What about Sonus Faber since Serblin left?

In some cases we don't know yet. Take ARC for example. Bill Johnson passed away in 2011 after selling the company to 'the Italians' in 2008(?). Despite ultimate consumption by the McIntosh consortium in the 12(?) years since Johnson's sale ARC, seems to be doing as well as ever. That's largely thanks to some core people, primarily Ward Fiebiger who was Johnson's right hand and senior circuit designer. Sadly, Fiebiger passed awy in 2017 at age 58. ARC's current crop of preamps/linestages/phonostages including their Reference 6/6se linestage and Reference 3/3se phono are Fiebiger designs. We haven't seen ARC products yet from the post-Johnson-Fiebiger era.

Not that many (any?) of the iconic brands came out of a committee. It's usually one or two guys in a basement with soldering irons. Subsequent corporations built on singular vision.

What if Alon Wolf left Magico?

Fwiw, Keith, you're actually the first person I thought of when I saw the YG/Geva news. Then I figured your YG Haileys remain just as good post-Geva. :)
 

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There's also Charlie Hansen, founder and genius behind Ayre Acoustics. I think Ayre is really missing Charlie.
 
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Interesting to see the founders of well regarded marques like Theta, Wadia and Hovland emerge years later running smaller concerns like Schiit, Exogal and Uptone Audio.
 

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Kondo seems to be doing okay under Masaki-San but imagine Robert Koda without Robert Koch or Zanden without Yamada-San or Techdas without Nishimura-San o_O
 

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Gayle Sanders sold MartinLogan to a private equity firm, which put together a group of audio-related companies. MartinLogan, since then, released a number of new, well-regarded hybrid electrostatic loudspeakers, and continues to offer the Neolith (which I like very much), and seems to be doing pretty well.

But MartinLogan never released a long-rumoured 15" driver subwoofer, or a Statement E3 (which I designed for MartinLogan free of charge). I suspect that low volume "passion projects" like that don't pass muster under private equity return on investment-type analyses.
 
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Elliot G.

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Gayle Sanders sold MartinLogan to a private equity firm, which put together a group of audio-related companies. MartinLogan, since then, released a number of new, well-regarded hybrid electrostatic loudspeakers, and continues to offer the Neolith (which I like very much), and seems to be doing pretty well.

But MorganLogan never released a long-rumoured 15" driver subwoofer, or a Statement E3 (which I designed for MartinLogan free of charge). I suspect that low volume "passion projects" like that don't pass muster under private equity return on investment-type analyses.
FYI Ron,
some of what you posted is true however them doing well is not so much. They moved most everything out of Kansas and since then its been very much downhill. When the bean counters take control of a company they don't usually succeed for long. I know nothing about YG but history is clear in the other instances. I think the pandemic will push the knife in very deep !
 

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