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 Post subject: Bye Bye CLASSE
PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:52 am 
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A Canadian classic bites the dust.. :(

https://www.strata-gee.com/classe-closing-october-6th/#more-16528


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 Post subject: Re: Bye Bye CLASSE
PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:16 am 
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This is sad news. I purchased my first Classe' amp sometime in the early 1990's. Since then I've owned several other pieces.
I've never regretted any of the purchases.
Classe' was always first class. The couple of times that I needed service they not only fixed the problem but came within a hair of totally rebuilding the piece because "since we had it open and I didn't like the way, it looked we replaced it".
I think the hand writing has been on the wall for a while now. I really didn't like the sound or for that matter the feel of the last few Classe' items I auditioned. Something had changed and not for the better.
It's always disappointing to lose a Canadian manufacturer but I guess the reality of it is Classe' was, at the end, not Canadian at all.
Still, I'm sorry to see them go.
BTW still have a Classe' amp and pre.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:28 am 
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Thanks for the info. I should really get my pieces serviced while parts are still available.


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Maybe the Montreal employees will resurrect the company and return to their Canadian roots...


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armypety wrote:
Maybe the Montreal employees will resurrect the company and return to their Canadian roots...


Cute... maybe the Americans will then impose a 220% tariff...


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Too bad, I have been a fan for years. I have ever owned but a few pieces, but enjoyed the ones I did own.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:50 am 
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PBB wrote:
armypety wrote:
Maybe the Montreal employees will resurrect the company and return to their Canadian roots...


Cute... maybe the Americans will then impose a 220% tariff...


hahahaha...LOLOL... cough cough.... Bwah hawhaw...not a fan of the U.S. at all!


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:07 am 
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Used to have Classe amplifications in my system for a while before I moved on. They were built like tanks and sounded pretty decent. This is a bad news.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:29 am 
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This is sad news. I dealt with Classe's service department on a couple of occasions, and they were great to deal with.


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There's always hope. Oracle seemed lost forever at one time.

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ripblade wrote:
There's always hope. Oracle seemed lost forever at one time.


Good point.. I'm sure maybe the Gov't will step in with a bail out package.. like Bombardier.. we all know how that worked out.. :mrgreen:


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Double D wrote:
ripblade wrote:
There's always hope. Oracle seemed lost forever at one time.


Good point.. I'm sure maybe the Gov't will step in with a bail out package.. like Bombardier.. we all know how that worked out.. :mrgreen:


Doubt that. Bombardier is a massive company with revenues in the billions and close to 70k employees. Closing this would have quite a significant impact on the Canadian economy in comparison to a small electronics manufacture. But wishful thinking!


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 Post subject: Re: Bye Bye CLASSE
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As a strict David Reich design fan (DR-3/DR-7), Classe ended a long time ago for me.


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albinosquirlz wrote:
As a strict David Reich design fan (DR-3/DR-7), Classe ended a long time ago for me.

Not to get far off topic but... there seems to be a lot of confusion as to which models were Dave Reich designs.
My Classe' Ten amp and Classe' Four pre have both Dave Reich and Glen Grue's names written on the circuit boards.
There was a period of transition and Grue's name more or less acknowledges that. Dave Reich was still the guiding light.
As I'm typing this it comes to mind that it really doesn't matter much anymore. See Subject Line.

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mahatma1 wrote:
albinosquirlz wrote:
As a strict David Reich design fan (DR-3/DR-7), Classe ended a long time ago for me.

Not to get far off topic but... there seems to be a lot of confusion as to which models were Dave Reich designs.
My Classe' Ten amp and Classe' Four pre have both Dave Reich and Glen Grue's names written on the circuit boards.
There was a period of transition and Grue's name more or less acknowledges that. Dave Reich was still the guiding light.
As I'm typing this it comes to mind that it really doesn't matter much anymore. See Subject Line.



Glen Grue was a marketer, not a designer. The last models designed by David Reich were the DR series 25, 15, 10, 6, 5 and 4. After Reich was forced out of Classe, the DR series were re-launched as the "Model" series 25, 15, 10, 6, 5 and 4. Most changes were purely cosmetic. In addition, Dave Reich's name was removed from the circuit board and replaced with Grue's name. In some rare instances, both Reich and Grue's name appeared on the circuit board during a short transitional period.

The original DR-2, 3, 8 and 9 amplifiers were of a high current design with incredible head room and power reserve. Grue insisted that the next generation of amplifiers DR 25, 15 and 10 etc. have better "marketing" specifications, most notably, a higher RMS rating than the previous generation to help promote sales and drive advertising.

IMHO, this was the turning point when Classes went from a boutique audiophile company to a mainstream marketing driven company. Unfortunately, to survive, you need both marketing and a talented visionary designer.


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