Audio lost another of its treasures last week when Dennis R. Hoyer passed away in Milwaukee. If you had a vintage transformer that needed help, Doc was the person to call. On a recent trip to Milwaukee where I grew up I had the chance to visit his lab as 60+ years of his work was being dismantled. As I was admiring his winder his cousin Damian put his license plate from 1980 in my hand and suddenly I got all choked up and truly knew who Dennis was.
His files are a Who's Who of tube audio history
His winder was CNC controlled and built by him
I can't imagine driving around Milwaukee as a teenager seeing that bright yellow TESLA on the back of a Ford station wagon and not realizing I was behind someone truly ahead of his time.