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Tribute to Ed Dell: Chuck Hansen

May 3 2013, 13:01

Gracious, Generous, and Supportive

I first got in touch with Ed Dell in 1997 to propose a preamp construction article based on the HeadRoom headphone amp module. Not only did he graciously accept an article from a perfect stranger, he came down to visit me a few months later. (His son Chad teaches at the nearby Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ, and it turned out Chad was the faculty adviser for my niece’s future husband.)

My article appeared in the June 1997 issue of Audio Electronics. Ed invited me to the AES convention in New York City that fall.

Thus began my long association with Ed Dell and Audio Amateur, leading to almost 250 more articles, reviews, test reports, and “New Chips on the Block” columns in the various TAA publications. Through Ed, I have become friends with many of the true experts in the audio field, for which I am very grateful.

Ed was one of the most gracious people I ever met. My wife, Kathy, always said he had a very calming voice, and he was genuinely interested in everything you had to say.

 ?Chuck Hansen, frequent contributor to Audio Amateur publications


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