James Bongiorno Rest In Peace

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  1. DEAFASABAT

    DEAFASABAT Active Member

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    We lost one of the greatest today, James passing away here on the Central Coast of California.

    The girlfriend of a close of friend of mine was his personal medical caregiver, and now we are all very sad about his departure.

    This is the abolute truth: James had spent the past several weeks setting up and tweaking a top end system. I am not sure if this was for a friend or for a customer (Perhaps both?)

    I told my buddy that is exactly what he lived for. We can have some feeling of joy, knowing that James had gone out 100% being James.

    May God rest you easy, Mr.B
     
  2. ScramMan2

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    RIP James. I knew him well since I worked in audio back in the 70's. Partied with him many times.

    Loved his GAS gear the most.
     
  3. Bigerik

    Bigerik AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but I knew of him well through a few mutual friends. Seemed like a true audio lover and a real character. My favorite kind of person.
     
  4. dshoaf

    dshoaf That high voltage buzz

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    I built an audio oscillator he wrote up in the early 70s. Loved all the gear he touched, too.

    I do hope he'll be buried much like he dressed - outlandish yet stylish!

    A good gone from our midst.

    Cheers,

    David
     
  5. Bigerik

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    We need to have a picture of the man himself in this thread:

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  6. Bigerik

    Bigerik AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    And an overview of what he achieved:

    Hadley Laboratories 622C Power Amplifier, contributing engineer

    Marantz Model 15 Power Amplifier, contributing engineer

    Dynaco Stereo 400 Power Amplifier, Designer

    Dynaco AF-6 AM/FM Tuner, contributing engineer

    SAE (Scientific Audio Engineering)

    XXXIB Power Amplifier, Designer

    IIIC/CM Power Amplifier, Designer

    IVD/DM Power Amplfier, Designer

    VIB Stereo Tuner, contributing engineer

    IC Stereo Preamplifier, contributing engineer

    The following products continued to use my circuit topology:

    2200, 2300, 2400, 2500, 2600, “A” series, “X” series

    GAS (The Great American Sound Co.) Chief Designer

    Ampzilla Power Amplifier

    Ampzilla II (World’s first servo-controlled power amplifier)

    Thaedra Preamplifier (World’s first (and only) servo controlled preamp

    Thoebe Preamplifier

    Son of Ampzilla Power Amplifier

    Thalia Preamplifier

    Grandson Power Amplfier

    Sleeping Beauty Moving Coil Cartrdges

    Sumo Electric Co. Ltd. Chief Designer

    The Power, World’s first 450 watt/channel fully balanced Bridge Power Amp

    The Gold, World’s first patented solid state Class A Power Amplifier

    The Nine, World’s first low cost solid state class A power amplifier

    The Nine+, Ruggedized version

    Electra Preamplifier

    “Charlie” the Tuner, world’s first premium low cost stereo tuner

    The Half-power, stereo power amplifier

    Andromeda, world’s first low cost solid state class AB Balanced Power Amp

    The Sumo I, Magnetic Phono Cartridge

    The Sumo II, Moving coil Phono Cartridge

    Harmon-Kardon, Consultant, Completely redesigned the Citation 23 Tuner

    Crown Radio, Japan, 4 luxurious Power amps, 2 Luxuious Preamps, a fully

    Equalized (phase & amplitude) 3-way electronic crossover.

    Spread Spectrum Technologies Inc.. Chief Designer

    Ampzilla 2000, fully balanced monobloc power amplifier

    Trinaural Processor
     
  7. Wardsweb

    Wardsweb Behind The Curtain Staff Member Admin

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    Brian and less than a month later James. A sad day indeed. We spoke several weeks ago and I knew then his health was really bad. He was confined to a wheel chair. Still he was James, with all the color. I wonder what will become of his company Spread Spectrum Technologies?
     
  8. estreeter

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    Was he related to Jon Bongiorno ?
     
  9. Ths364

    Ths364 Super Member

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    That's the OVERVIEW? ! ? !!! Wow! I'd feel accomplished having done Any TWO of those designs. I'd say R.I.P but something makes me think he'd rather have it good and loud. That's a legacy. Much respect !!!
     
  10. sony6060

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    Wow. In some way we likely all have heard or are hearing a part of James genius. RIP. :music:
     
  11. mech986

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    RIP Jim, and thanks for literally pushing DIY into superamp territory along with Dynaco and Marshall Leach.

    Glad to have two Sumo products (the Sumo Samson subwoofer and the Delilah electronic crossover) in the stable, have considered adding some of the Sumo Preamps too.
     
  12. KentTeffeteller

    KentTeffeteller Gimpus Stereophilus!

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    A sad loss! A very innovative thinker in audio. And really pushed the limits of the available technology.
     
  13. guiller

    guiller Toscaninichus Australis

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    His last name literally means "Good day" or "Good morning" in Italian. Very appropriate for a positive and creative person.
     
  14. Jon_Logan

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    Sad news indeed. Thank you for your great contributions to technology, James.
    May you rest in Peace.
     
  15. Robie

    Robie Live it or live with it. Subscriber

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    A very interesting guy, always. RIP, Mr. Bongiorno.
     
  16. 313guy

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    RIP James Bongiorno

    According to a thread on the Lansing Heritage site, amp designer/engineer extraordinaire James Bongiorno is no longer with us. Sad news if it is true, but a brief search didn't give any confirmation.
     
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  17. Glen B

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    I just found out about his passing on the SAE Talk forum. RIP James.
     
  18. MudSlideSlim

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    I still have a Thalia Preamplifier. Turning the nobs, one can feel an attention to detail of a a person who loved audio and it still sounds rather well by todays standards.

    He was also quite the dresser. I recall photos of him in green velvet 'dicso' outfits. I just had to smirk, had to love him. We will not see the likes of him for a long time.

    RIP
     
  19. Cruzah

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    R.I.P to a true Sound Icon.
     
  20. DEAFASABAT

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    I'm quite sure that he will be dressed to the "Nine point nine ninety-nines"! Don't know yet there are to be any local services. I hope there will.
     

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