Thanks for keeping us posted about Dennis, I am very glad to hear his surgery went well. I hope he is up and about tomorrow as projected, and more comfortable at home in the very near future.
As far as the wait for Salk speakers. A couple of people have mentioned it before, but I just want to reiterate that Jim makes custom speakers, on a commission basis. You are not really buying a speaker, as you would from BB or a B&M store, you are hiring a craftsman/artisan to create them for you. It takes time to start a project, and then see it through to completion. I have been contracted to build things for people (I am a carpenter/welder by trade, and sometime metal sculptor) so I am very familiar with Jim's side of the equation, and the impatience from those that submit the commission. You guys have to realize how much time is involved to build something from scratch, to truly appreciate it see how long it takes you to go out to your garage and make a simple bird house... First you have to go get the lumber, and bring it back, then do your lay out, and cut all your pieces, glue and clamp some of them together, wait for the glue to dry, glue and clamp some more parts together, wait for that glue to dry, then do your final assembly with more glue and clamps, then sand everything smooth. Then prime and paint with more waiting in between (in Jim's case he adds the painstaking process of book-matching and veneering the surfaces which involves even more layout, cutting, gluing, routing (or trimming), waiting, and sanding for each individual surface before he gets to the painting or dying and clear coat phase) Which is followed by more waiting then sanding and additional coats of paint. Okay, now your "bird house" may be done, but to build a speaker you have to do all the wiring, make the crossovers, have ordered the drivers and had them delivered, install them, make frames for grills, and stretch the fabric over those frames. Not to mention having put the magnets in the grills and hidden little bits of steel, or opposing magnets in the cabinets themselves way back before you started the finishing process... Then double all that time, because speakers come in pairs. These are only the things that I am aware of, and I have never even built a speaker before. Add to that the time required for research and development, answering phone calls, and e-mails, taking orders, entertaining people that stop by for an audition or two, updating your website, paying rent, employees and bills, taking time to eat and sleep... I am surprised that he is able to produce the volume that he does so quickly, and still maintain his exemplary level of quality.
I can wait a few weeks, or months for something that I know was built to my specifications. As a matter of fact, I rather enjoy the exclusivity of it. If you want your speakers right away, buy them from a dealer that sells something made in a factory. If you want an amazing pair of beautiful, hand made musical wonders, Salk Sound is the only place you need look.
Thanks Jim, for your commitment to your craft, and for making your speakers available to the rest of us. They are truly something special, that is absolutely worth waiting for.