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    Sad news indeed!

    Another great one from the JBL legacy is gone from our midst.

    He will be missed by many!

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    I first knew of John Eargle when I read his biographical information on James Lansing in a mid 70's JBL brochure and its later more complete version here at LH. It was plainly evident how John embraced ever changing technology yet held the past and its history with great respect. He was a man with perspective and, from his body of work, a professional with passion in every sense of the word.

    I had hoped to meet him personally some day in the near future as I have been trying to arrange a visit to the old JBL plant before Northridge. Sadly, that personal meeting will have to be set aside.

    Perhaps we can find solace in the thought of John playing piano in front of Jim Lansing, William Thomas, and Bart Locanthi, then all of them getting together to figure out how to build a better driver/speaker to reproduce it for the angels to hear.

    Rest in Peace, our JBL's will play on.

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    I was being taken on a tour of the JBL factory when John Eargle passed by us and greeted the JBL folks I was with. Can't really say that I "met" him on that noisy factory floor, but I did see him in the flesh.

    I was struck by the high regard, and great affection that my guides showed for him as they excitedly exchanged John Eargle anecdotes:

    How they could depend on his sure and knowledgable help when they were overwhelmed by complex and competing speaker design/production priorities.

    And how when one of them was upstaged while giving a presentation in Japan when impatient fans rushed "Eargle-San" asking for his autograph on their treasured copies of his audio books.

    They were clearly delighted to see him and recount the good times they had with him, calling him "OUR John Eargle".

    His loss will be acutely felt across the factory, and across continents.
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    I'm very sorry to hear of this sad news. Mr. Eargle will be missed dearly by the members of this website, as well as his fans in Japan, as his books, translated into Japanese, have just been introduced in the bookstores here.

    Steve K

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robh3606 View Post
    My condolences to his family. . Some legacy he has left behind.

    Rob

    ditto, a real loss ....

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    I first read a John Eargle White Paper some 30 years ago. Very detailed and informative.
    One of the greats in audio history.
    Very sad news.

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    John Eargles' passing is that one of the giants in our industry has begun his final chapter . Earl K

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    He will truely be missed by all.

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    sad for us down here, but i hope he is enjoying some tunes with some old friends....

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    Mentioned at the JBL site: http://jbl.com/d_john_eargle.aspx

    John

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    Thanks John for posting the link

    Rob

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    Looking up to the Heavens

    I say thank you John Eargle. You have brought much happiness to this Earth. I know you have earned your eternal rest. God bless you dear sir.

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    A good life.

    I did not know John. I can sense from his continued involvement in his work so late in life that he enjoyed it, was very well respected in the profession, and contributed richly. What a fine way to invest your precious time on earth, John!

    Here he is in 1979 High Fidelity with an apt caption, indeed...
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    The horn lens is tilted; it woulda never passed QC in my day.
    Harvey "Hifi" Gerst
    ("Hifi" was my nickname at JBL.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harvey Gerst View Post
    The horn lens is tilted; it woulda never passed QC in my day.
    I heard that he wasn't much of a horn guy anyway.

    I really like the photo though. Thanks for posting it.
    What a cool guy... that loudspeaker wasn't too bad back then either.
    I had to have a pair.

    Quote Originally Posted by johnaec View Post
    Mentioned at the JBL site: http://jbl.com/d_john_eargle.aspx
    Thanks!

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