Jim Thiel has passed.

See news at S'phile.com
I've had a pair of his CS2.3s for 10 years now.

Much like him, understated, classy and truly of good value.

Our thoughts go out to his family.
I feel great sorrow for Jim Thiel's friends and family. He made numerous contributions to the industry and will be missed.

I visited AMG earlier today and saw this news on the front page.

Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary passed away Wednesday at age 72, succumbing to the leukemia she had battled since 2004.

This has been a terrible year, we've lost so much talent. Not only artists, but designers and manufacturers as well. I hope we hang on to the joy each brought to us.