Originally Posted by imagic
The TT1 is not directly aimed at that "strictly audiophile" crowd anyhow.
Also, the local high-end shop I contacted was not too helpful; it took two phone calls and an email to get a one-sentence reply "Sorry Mark. I have no Thiel products left in stock." And when I thanked 'em and asked about visiting the showroom anyhow, I got no reply at all. Way to go, high-end shop. It reminds me why I have not gone into one of those stores for over a decade.
That's too bad.
Over many years I've experienced some excellent audio dealers, a lot of eccentrics, and some classically bad treatment.
One famous audio store in New York (this was years ago) was well known to be snobby to anyone who didn't look like they were full of money, or to young people. And that's exactly the vibe I encountered, almost visible snearing, and asking to hear anything was waved off and excuses were made.
The worst example was actually a high end store in Toronto, which had a similar reputation. I brought my brother-in-law in to the store to shop for some high end speakers. He was in to high end sound, and also happened to be a self-made multimillionaire (he lived in Tokyo at the time and was visiting me). He had been interested in meridian speakers or sonus fabor. They had exactly the speakers he wanted to hear in one demo room. But when we asked to hear them the salespeople were dismissive.
They took a look at this guy in jeans and just said, "sorry, it's not set up." My BIL was like "What do you mean, we can see it's all set up right here." They salesman, using his "look, don't you get the hint" scowl said "the CD player isn't hooked up." (The CD player was sitting right there in the rack - if it wasn't hooked up, all it needed was the interconnects to be attached). I told him, look, my BIL was in from Tokyo, and he didn't have access there to hear these speakers, which is why we'd just made a long drive to this high end store. Can we just audition the speakers?
The salesguy just shook his head and told us to go to another store.
We left incredibly incensed, disgusted. And my BIL went right to another High End store and dropped many thousands of dollars on high end speakers there, Meridian sources, and Krell amplification. Boy did that idiot store miss out!
I mentioned the story to a friend who was writing for a well known Canadian high end audio magazine at the time, and he was so enraged he wrote a story about it. The high end store naturally saw the story and apparently the salespeople who screwed up, offending and sending away a rich person who would have spent lots of money there, got a dressing down. The next time I showed up I was certainly treated much better.
(And hopefully they learned the lesson of not judging books by their cover).