RALPH, I CONFESS
On December 20th
I discovered that Ralph Karstin, owner of Atma-Sphere had registered www.triodeguild.com
as his domain name, according to him as " his ace in the hole"
against me....(going back to our 1998 feud)..... because in a PF article
I wrote that I preferred the sound of the Berning ZOTL. I suggested to
him that, after two years, it was time to move on and assign me my copyrighted
name. Ralph offered me a "deal" that at first repulsed me. He
wanted me to sign a "confession" that could be made public and
would expose me as a fraud, which he could then use to purge me from the
audio industry. Then I could have the Triode Guild web site registration.
I had not heard about
this tactic since the Salem witch trials ..but on further consideration
what is the big deal about the integrity of audio journalism anyway...these
are only audio gizmos? So I have decided to give Ralph the public confession
he wants and recant all of my sins in the hopes that he will forgive me
and do the right thing.
- Ralph you are
the only one true Tube God. You are the only one in the audio industry
who knows how to design tube amplifiers and preamplifiers...you have
told me that many times, and I finally agree with you. Those who dont
agree with us are stupid, cocky doody heads, deaf and should also be
purged from the audio industry or burned at the stake.
- I was wrong and
completely misguided in believing my "illusion" that I preferred
the sound of other circuits to your M-60s, which are the greatest amplifiers
on the face of the earth...and everything else you design is also the
best of the best. Something must have "snapped" in my hearing
when I heard the Berning circuit. David is a witch and should be burned
on a stake. I will also return to him the $100,000 bribe he gave me.
My opinions about directly heated single ended triodes are also complete
fabrications. I apologize to PF readers for my mendacity.
- I also recant
all of those warnings I gave readers about the proper use of OTL amplifiers.
Readers....Go ahead and use OTLs with any kind of speaker, especially
the low impedance/low efficiency kinds. Always believe what an audio
manufacturer tells you because they are selfless and only want to make
you happy, and this is especially true of Ralph.
- It doesnt
matter that Ralph uses my copyrighted articles, against my explicit
instructions, and has misrepresented to the public my endorsement of
his products. From now I give Ralph permission to write his own reviews
of his products and just sign my name to them.
- I will exit the
audio industry immediately, and Ralph is right: I am a fake, a phony,
deaf and a fraud, except for that one short period when I had praise
for Ralphs M-60s This is the only time in two decades that my
opinion or insights were truthful. All others were false, and I apologize
to all readers who I led astray.
I believe I have
given Ralph the public confession he wanted. I have taken a job as a Spam
Inspector at a meat packing plant, and wish you all happiness.