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 Post subject: Montreal's Loss
PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 9:58 pm 

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WiFi HiFi is saddened to announce the passing of Claude Chartier, owner of Montreal-based Son Ideal. He passed away on May 16 following a short stay at the hospital. He was 66.

Claude was the owner of the iconic Montreal retailer for more than 40 years. Son Ideal sells hi-fi audio gear from brands like Cambridge Audio, Rega, Bluesound, Luxman, and Devialet; along with speakers, phono cartridges, headphones, cables, wireless Bluetooth speakers, and high-end music systems. The retailer also offers jazz and rock records on vinyl, repair services for defective audio equipment. It is known for its artistic window displays, in-house modified Thoorens TD-166, Hafler DH-101kit assembled by the staff, and Claude's personal stack of Quad ESL.
Claude moved from Manitoba to Montreal in 1975, and began working with Cliff Beattie of Sound Ideas, one of the largest Quad dealers, shortly after. A few years later, Claude bought the store, and has been running it ever since.

Michel Plante, organizer of the Montreal Audio Fest and the upcoming Toronto audiofest, says Claude's secret weapon was always his talent for instant relationships with people. "[He had such a personal approach with his customers," he says, "calling each and every one of them every December, year after year."

Claude also built relationships with his staff, having created Knights of the Turntable, an event where his staff, and even a few competitors, met after work to discuss audio and music. For many years, notes Plante, Son Ideal was closed on Thursday and Friday evenings so Claude could go visit his competitors.The retailer moved to a new location two years ago on Cote des Neiges, five minutes away from Claude's apartment so he could easily go to the store to listen to music in the evenings.

A memorial service for family and friends will be held at 1111 Laurier Ouest, Outremont on Sunday, June 3 from 2-8 p.m.

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