I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack. Some of you have noticed that I'm way behind on email responses, shipping notices, and some AVS posts. This has been a very bad month for me. Due to myriad factors, I've run into fairly serious financial problems with Philharmonic Audio. Certainly one problem was the stupid price I charged for the AA+, which should have been $350 at a minimum. Fed Ex has contributed to the mayhem with Olympic Packaging hurdling, particularly across the continental divide. They won't make good on damage unless it's pretty much a total loss, and then you have to return the speaker(s) to them for inspection. It's usually too much of a pain to diddle with. Also, the volume of shipments has increased exponentially. I've sold way over $1 Million worth of speakers. With the exception of the black BMR's, which are mostly assembled, I have to hand wire the electronics and put everything together, test, and ship. BTW, the packing material I use for the AA's cost me $7 a box. I got burned out on soldering and filling the house up with cabinets, cabinets, cabinets (about 15 - 20% of which had to be thrown out because of poor shipping protection from Parts Express to me (that's why I added $7 of styro blocks.0 And PE is not charging sales tax, which was about my "profit margin" on a good day, and I didn't have any good days. This is probably too much information, but I suffered some kind of extreme panic attacks and depression along the way, to the point were I could barely function and I had lost 10 lbs. And early this morning I ended up with 3 cops and 2 rescue workers shining lights at me in my bedroom in the midst of a violent panic attack that the neighbors and Ben the retriever objected to. I don't remember doing it, but I had my will and important financial papers and deed of trust laid out.
I got back from the emergency room a couple of hours ago. That really scary experience seems to have snapped me out of it and I'm feeling much more like myself. But--I've got to get my speaker life under control and get realistic about pricing. Philharmonic made lots of sense back when I just sold the Phil 3's with serviceable, but not furniture grade cabinets made quickly by a local builder. Now I have too many speakers, and Jim just can't continue to make dozens of cabinets for me, particularly when he's losing almost as much as I am. So I'm stripping my line to just 2 speakers--the BMR and the Phil 3. I think they're both unique speakers populating an equally unique price range, albeit not as unique as before. I gotta avoid further losses before I deplete my IRA. From this moment forward, the BMR's in the black cabinets will sell for $1,500/pr
with shipping included. That's about a $70 increase in the old pricing structure. I'm also only offering Salk BMR cabinets in furniture grade cabinets, and they will be $2,000 with shipping included. I will probably put my other speakers in the public domain, and you interested kit builders can start inhaling solder fumes and making dumb wiring errors. You're gonna love it.