got to visit Ayre yesterday

Wow, what a great bunch of enthusiasts!  Gary, the sales director was so kind and gracious to me.  We spent most of the morning together talking about life as well as audio.  We have so much in common and are the same age.  We have similar taste in audio too, which was really cool.  We spoke about a ton of brands, not just Ayre which was fun.  Just a class act, but that's the common thread there.

I also was lucky enough to meet their main designer. He's been designing there since he graduated college.  Charlie had input, but (forgot his name, sorry) he's been doing the design work since Charlie had his accident.  What a fun guy to talk to.  When he talks, you just listen and try to learn something.  So much was above my head, but he answered all my questions.  It was just cool.

Got to meet Ryan finally.  He's the new CEO and has been there for years and years working along side Charlie (RIP).  He knows his stuff.  If I was to start up an audio company, he's the first call I'd make. I was that impressed with him. We ended up spending the whole afternoon together just talking about audio.  He showed off so much of their gear and some of the new stuff.  That 8 series is really a great value.

I will always buy what my ear tells me to and I am fortunate to know and meet many manufacturer's and dealers around the country.  This group of folks is as good as any.  Like or dislike their products, they are built to be nearly bullet proof, lol.  I was blown away seeing how well constructed their gear is, down to the Codex.  

I just wanted to share what a wonderful experience I had there and what a nice group of folks, who I now consider friends.  
I had a great experience similar to the above. I bought a Rowland amp and was having a problem with it shutting down or something like that( it was 20 years ago) I emailed the company and later that day my phone rang and the caller said Hi it’s Jeff as in Rowland I’m like what the heck!  He diagnosed the problem and asked me to return the amp, which I had had bought used. I sent it, they returned it fixed and payed the return shipping Now that is great customer service and a great person
Rowland is another company that I had great experiences with. (Ayre, Vandersteen, VPI as well) They diagnosed the problem and sent a potted circuit and the tool to install charge. 
@gdnrbob. Michael retired some time ago. Great guy, I always enjoyed speaking with him.
They brought Gary back and he’s the best. Michael is also a great guy. Heard that about Rowland. Another wonderful company. We r all blessed 
Buy USA when able. Ayre, Carver, Bryston.
The only items I own that are not USA made is my Focal Speakers.