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Video: VPI’s Harry Weisfeld talks turntables at Montreal Audio Fest

Harry Weisfeld is a household name in high-fidelity circles. The turntable designer, and manufacturing icon who started VPI Industries has been in the business for more than 30 years, and doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing down. I was able to catch up with him at the Salon Audio Montreal, sit down with him for a few minutes to talk about what he’s up to these days, and what’s in the pipeline for VPI.

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Harry, and his son Mat in the Joseph Audio room at the Salon Audio Montreal on the weekend.

Since Harry’s son  Mat Weisfeld has taken over much of the day-to-day operations of VPI Industries, Harry seems busier than ever on improving existing components, coming up with new turntable designs, and fine-tuning a new 14-inch tonearm. I hope you enjoy this short video.

–Rafe Arnott

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9 Comments on Video: VPI’s Harry Weisfeld talks turntables at Montreal Audio Fest

  1. I have a VPI Classic 3 turntable and love it! I bought it 2 years ago. The process to receive it, though, was long (over two months of wait). I was not happy, my dealer was not happy. Their customer support is so bad that my dealer decided to stop selling them – he just couldn’t face his customers’ anger. Too bad, because I really like their products…

    • Tracy Harbur // March 30, 2017 at 8:57 PM // Reply

      Update your armwire if it does not have it already to the Nordost Reference. I believe they are offering it as an option on new tables. Serious improvement of the Discovery wire. Also the Voodoo Isopods.

  2. Tracy Harbur // March 30, 2017 at 11:19 AM // Reply

    Just had to deal with the Customer Service division……….. nothing has changed! They may be concerned about turning out a growing variety of ‘tables but other areas are lacking.

    • Rafe Arnott // March 30, 2017 at 12:58 PM // Reply

      That’s unfortunate to hear Tracy. I know Mat personally, and he is one of the most dedicated individuals I know when it comes to looking after his customers. Perhaps you could try reaching out to him via VPI’s social media branches?

      • Tracy Harbur // March 30, 2017 at 4:22 PM //

        Sorry Rafe but I am older. I will not use Twitter, Facebook, or other social media. I may tell him @ T.H.E. Show in L.A. Flying to see it. My first BIG Audio show. I play only vinyl (2 tables) and C.D. Vinyl is not obsolete but thriving.

  3. Carl Engeb // March 30, 2017 at 5:32 AM // Reply

    Buy records, buy, buy, buy, the new REISSUE of the older issue which was a recent re issue…how long do you keep selling the same sludge over and over and over and over. Unsustainable

    • Rafe Arnott // March 30, 2017 at 1:01 PM // Reply

      Not sure what you’re referring to Carl? Most of the new pressings have been completely remastered – many from the original master tapes. Are you suggesting labels or mastering studios shouldn’t try to improve on the original recordings as technology improves?

  4. Carl Engeb // March 30, 2017 at 5:30 AM // Reply

    Keep repackaging the same stuff with new names, it’s still obsolete stuff. Of course it’s always better than teh last one, that’s called marketing nonsense

    • Rafe Arnott // March 30, 2017 at 1:03 PM // Reply

      I respect opinions posted here Carl, but I have to strongly disagree with you that turntables are obsolete. If anything, they’ve proved their staying power beyond reproach, as has the LP as a long-term medium for archiving music.

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