One Man's Dream - Ken Fritz Documentary

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I gained permission to post this thread on behalf of Ken Fritz. It is a fantastic video, a real lifetime journey to create a bespoke (largely home made) end game system and music room. Personally, IMO it is one of the most enjoyable and absorbing audio build videos I have seen to date.

Watch this space, I also have 1,000+ photos of the stages, so lots more to come right here!



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A teaser, MUCH more to follow....
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I watched this video for the first time several months ago through the eyes of a snobby audiophile. I just watched about 20 minutes of it again (where he is talking about the turntable he designed and had manufactured.. This tme I put my snobbiness away and just enjoyed the owner's personal excitement with his 14 year project, remembering that now that I have completed my multi-year bucket list sound system,
I can say without doubt, that although I have a very high end system with great resolving power, it is the personal excitement I derive from listening to it that matters the most to me.
 

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Love your devotion to building your own highest end audio system. My listening room is much like your equipment, very high end. Love of music, that's what counts. I have separated my listening room from my music collection in an adjacent room, just you. I'm sharing your documentary with my friends.

I too have 28,500 LPs and acquired them mostly in collections over the past 50+ years. In the past two years, I acquired my late high school Spanish teacher's 3,500 opera and classical vocal LPs, 1,000 similar from a deceased temple congregant added to my own opera and classical/vocal LPs. No one else wanted to buy them. Storage is a problem for the duplicates which have very little market value. Nearly all mint condition, early pressings. I would have preferred an LP or CD jazz collection but I was my late Spanish teacher's favorite student, 50 years ago.
 

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Love your devotion to building your own highest end audio system. My listening room is much like your equipment, very high end. Love of music, that's what counts. I have separated my listening room from my music collection in an adjacent room, just you. I'm sharing your documentary with my friends.

I too have 28,500 LPs and acquired them mostly in collections over the past 50+ years. In the past two years, I acquired my late high school Spanish teacher's 3,500 opera and classical vocal LPs, 1,000 similar from a deceased temple congregant added to my own opera and classical/vocal LPs. No one else wanted to buy them. Storage is a problem for the duplicates which have very little market value. Nearly all mint condition, early pressings. I would have preferred an LP or CD jazz collection but I was my late Spanish teacher's favorite student, 50 years ago.
Good for you SeagoatLeo, things like this keep the hobby alive and kicking. High end audio is often about big spending, but can also be equality about DIY and dedication, time and realising the dream. Even if it takes some years to get there.
 

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Two large clocks in that second pic. Here is a guy that knows 'what time it is'!

OK probably not the thread for a Flavor Flav reference. ;)

Awesome system!
 

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I just saw this thread, Julian!

It is fantastic that you secured Ken's permission to let us into his audio world like this!
 
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Here is a post on another forum that I did in 2019. Nick Doshi had connected us.

"I have never met Mr. Fritz, but had two or three quite long telephone conversations with him about 14 months ago. He didn't mention his elaborate system, but did talk about his very large listening room. I am assuming it is the same Ken Fritz. We are about the same age and he looks that in the video. We discussed hifi and other topics. I was interested in parts to some tape recorders that he had and a couple friends and I put together an offer to buy a fair number of parts (we all have the same model tape machine) from him. He got the offer and said he would respond within a week. We never heard back, so I assumed he was not interested in selling the parts. I forgot about it, until seeing the video and thought that had to be the same person. The person I talked to lived in one of the states near Washington, DC. Virginia or Maryland, IIRC."

Now back to the present (July, 2021). It looks like I am 3 years younger than Ken Fritz (I just turned 76). The video looks like it was made in late 2018 or early 2019. What may have happened is that shortly after our phone calls and putting together a list of parts that we wanted for our Ampex ATR-102s (2 friends and I have 4 102's), it looks like he was diagnosed with ALS. He had purchased several Ampex ATR-102's from ATR Services, IIRC potentially for one of his sons whom he thought might want to do some recording as a professional musician. He also had 35 boxes of parts that he had bought for the 102's. He did an inventory for us and we picked out a bunch of parts and some equipment. We had very pleasant and long conversations.

I understand ALS is something that one typically does not recover from. Hopefully he is doing well enough to continue to enjoy his system.

Larry
 

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Here is a post on another forum that I did in 2019. Nick Doshi had connected us.

"I have never met Mr. Fritz, but had two or three quite long telephone conversations with him about 14 months ago. He didn't mention his elaborate system, but did talk about his very large listening room. I am assuming it is the same Ken Fritz. We are about the same age and he looks that in the video. We discussed hifi and other topics. I was interested in parts to some tape recorders that he had and a couple friends and I put together an offer to buy a fair number of parts (we all have the same model tape machine) from him. He got the offer and said he would respond within a week. We never heard back, so I assumed he was not interested in selling the parts. I forgot about it, until seeing the video and thought that had to be the same person. The person I talked to lived in one of the states near Washington, DC. Virginia or Maryland, IIRC."

Now back to the present (July, 2021). It looks like I am 3 years younger than Ken Fritz (I just turned 76). The video looks like it was made in late 2018 or early 2019. What may have happened is that shortly after our phone calls and putting together a list of parts that we wanted for our Ampex ATR-102s (2 friends and I have 4 102's), it looks like he was diagnosed with ALS. He had purchased several Ampex ATR-102's from ATR Services, IIRC potentially for one of his sons whom he thought might want to do some recording as a professional musician. He also had 35 boxes of parts that he had bought for the 102's. He did an inventory for us and we picked out a bunch of parts and some equipment. We had very pleasant and long conversations.

I understand ALS is something that one typically does not recover from. Hopefully he is doing well enough to continue to enjoy his system.

Larry
you are correct and it is the ALS which precludes Ken from posting here, but we do have his full permission to highlight his system and I am sure it gives him great pleasure to read all of the accolades
 
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Dear Ken, I first saw your system video in youtube maybe a year ago. When you mentioned you were diagnosed with ALS I was deeply moved. I wanted to re-watch the video for a more detailed look at your system as I consider myself somewhat a diy guy, but I just could not, knowing that that part will be coming up. Thank you admin for starting this thread, I will be following it very closely. Ken, you are an inspiration. L.
 
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Thank you for sharing this extraordinary journey. What an achievement!
Dear Mr Fritz, i hope you enjoy every moment.
 

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I gained permission to post this thread on behalf of Ken Fritz. It is a fantastic video, a real lifetime journey to create a bespoke (largely home made) end game system and music room. Personally, IMO it is one of the most enjoyable and absorbing audio build videos I have seen to date.

Watch this space, I also have 1,000+ photos of the stages, so lots more to come right here!

I really admire the passion and affection that are visible in every minute of the documentary. This is another beautiful example of how someone's positive and enthusiastic approach can transform the audio world's complexity and sensitivity into a wonderful story and respect.
 
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ihmeyers

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I too really enjoyed the video. It hits very close to home for me. I have been on such a quest for the "perfect system" (within the limits of my budget) for most of my adult life. I also, unfortunately lost a childhood friend to ALS two years ago at the age of 58.

Despite his ALS, I hope Ken can enjoy his system for many, many more hours over the years to come. :)
 

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