Brian Hoyer / In-Tone / kasa

This review is being posted here to serve notice to the community about my experience with Brian Hoyer. His original screen name here was Linn_Kasa, but is now just kasa. He was a long time Audiogon dealer. He was listed as a Linn dealer under the Linn_Kasa name, but is now listed on the Linn website as In-Tone of Leawood, Kansas. In late April I purchased a used/trade in DCS Rossini Apex player listed on here for a significant sum. Billed through his LLC In-Tone. After he didn’t produce I opened a dispute here in June and at the end of July he finally agreed to refund. After 2 weeks of stalling he stated he actually had the player since May. He has failed to send that as of today 9/15/23, and his account on here has been suspended. There is also a second dispute against him that he has not addressed. I will only urge you think hard before doing any business with him.


@ facten... Yes, both of us contacted the Linn ceo. In my case, the US Linn distributor was told of this as well. As of now, Brian Hoyer / In-tone,Linn Kasa, is no longer listed as a Linn dealer. Small claims limit in Kansas is $4K. Both of us have also filed fraud complaints with the FTC. They don't resolve claims, but forward the info to local, state and federal law enforcement. I'm cautiously optimistic. 

@ maxdukecapone... thanks for that info. I don't have a FB page, but might consider doing so I might join your group. The more people that know of this guy's b.s. scam, the better. Actually Brian's wife Laura has done some videos with Brian at Deva. It was late spring or early summer they did some music rating videos for a few weeks. Sadly, she must know what Brian is doing, as she is the sole agent for his In-tone LLC. She is/was  involved with the business. I sent the link for this thread to Brian at Deva just so he's aware. Whether he looked or not, I can't say.

Brian Hoyer appears to be a crook. The discussion started by @hiendmmoe has been removed by mods. Sounds like this guy is financially broke. I recommend  a legal action and enforce a lien judgement on any real property he owns. This is probably the only way to recoup all or some of the money from the proceeds of the sale. 

OMG! People, only finding this thread now.  Number me among the victims and I’d love to connect with you all.  I too had a transaction for a significant sum, paid in June, and Brian has now gone dark.  

Specifically, I paid him $12.5K via EFT for an integrated amp on 5/25/23 after viewing his positive reviews, talking with him on the phone, and verifying he was connected to Linn. Since then he never shipped and has become increasingly elusive/non-responsive and finally going radio silent on like 9/15/23.

I'm a very patient and compassionate person and with a modicum of transparency and clear communication I could have waited.  Over the past 4+ months we have had loose communication where he'll commit to sending it and then have some excuse about something coming up and doesn't. Around 9/15 I finally came to the conclusion I'm being scammed.

That said, I’ve been doing this stuff for 20 years and this transaction has been unlike anything I've ever had on this or any platform - particularly for a sum of this size.  I’m not terribly well off and this is an enormous financial hit but has also shaken my faith in my judgement and trust in others. I contacted Linn, FTC, and BBB. And like you said, it seems Linn and Hoyer have parted ways and they’re not taking responsibility for any of his actions.

I’d love to chat with any other victims and discuss the experience, actions taken, and possible recourse (although options seem limited).   Devastating seems a little hyperbolic but it’s close.  Feeling super angry and I guess kind of violated.  Like I said, would love to connect with other victims.