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    Gusf
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    I was fortunate to have lived with 2 Basis tables with a Vector arm, working my way up to a 2800. Tremendous table and tremendous individual. Sudden Cardiac Death is such a devistating thing. I am saddened by this news. RIP A.J.

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  • MylesBAstor
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    This is a picture taken years ago at CES of two members of the audio community that we've sadly lost. Joe Sammut and AJ Conti.


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  • MylesBAstor
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    Armando Conti



    HOLLIS - Armando Conti, 59, of Hollis, died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in Hollis.

    Born July 24, 1957, in Winchester, Mass., he was the son of the late Armando and Susan (Hoban) Conti. He was also predeceased by one brother, Joseph Conti.

    Armando was the owner and founder of both Basis Audio, Inc. and Espresso Armando. He had an appreciation for fine coffee, becoming a noted authority and working with Starbucks, George Howell and other industry leaders.

    He had a passion for riding vintage and high-performance motorcycles. Armando loved classical music from an early age. He enjoyed jazz most of all and played the saxophone and drums. He made it his life's work designing and manufacturing precision Hi-Fi products in pursuit of ""The Truth"", as he called it, for playing back the most accurate music recordings. He also enjoyed Italian foods, made on his industrial pasta machine, and truly loved all things mechanical. He enjoyed photography, bicycle riding, playing baseball, skateboarding, ice skating, skiing, and mastering any challenging physical skill such as juggling, yo-yo tricks, making himself ambidextrous, and so much more.

    Survivors include his loving wife, Jolanta (Olszewska) Conti, of Hollis; two daughters, Christina Conti of Nashua and Mia Conti of Hollis; one son, Armando Conti of Hollis; three siblings and their spouses, Anthony Conti and his wife, Debbie, of North Andover, Mass., Mary Wardley and her husband, John, of Bedford, Mass., and Anne Marie Clausen and her husband, Aaron, of Newburyport, Mass.; three aunts, Olga Hannon, Thalia Hoban and Marti Holmes; as well as nieces and nephews, Michael and Lauren Conti, Sydney Clausen, and Zack and Luke Wardley.
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    SERVICES: Visiting hours will be held Friday October 14, 2016 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at The Davis Funeral Home, 1 Lock St., Nashua, NH 03064. A service will be held at 7:00 PM (immediately following visiting hours). Relatives, friends, and neighbors are respectfully invited to attend A Celebration of Life which will be held on Saturday October 15, 2016 from 3:00 – 7:00 PM at the Alpine Grove, 19 South Depot Rd., Hollis, NH 03049. An online guest-book is available at www.davisfuneralhomenh.com. (603) 883-3401.

    In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Boston Children's Hospital. Contributions can be made at www.bostonchildrens.org/givenow. Or mail checks, payable to Boston Children's Hospital Trust, 401 Park Drive Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215. Please include ""Armando Conti"" in the memo line.

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  • Beaur
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    I knew AJ only from email exchanges and he purchased a pair of Ralph's amps from me. Wonderful guy, sorry I won't get to meet him in person.

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  • Albert Porter
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    Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
    Just saw that Mikey F. posted a note that AJ Conti of Basis tables passed last night. RIP AJ, always enjoyed our conversations at audio shows.

    I remember hearing the prototype of his very first table back in the late '80s at an audiobuddies place up in Nashua, NH.
    I am in a state of total disbelief, seems impossible that AJ is gone.

    I've known him for decades, he looked and acted so young it never crossed my mind that he would pass. He was a great designer and had passion for perfection, I worked for him several times doing ad photography. He would sometimes call just to discuss technical aspect of photography, he was hungry to learn.

    A real loss.

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  • allenh
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    RIP, AJ. Very sad.

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  • mep
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    Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post

    He also designed one of the best espresso machines on the market. Cafe Armando. Way too young. Only 59.
    Wow. I met AJ when I was in my early to mid 20s and I thought he was a year or two older than me. I had no idea he is two years younger than me. Good thing I'm retiring soon. Today is a reality and tomorrow is a promise.

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  • MylesBAstor
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    Originally posted by mep View Post
    AJ was always passionate about what he did. He started off in the audio business selling stereo gear out of his duplex in Nashua, NH. I lived in Maine at the time and made several treks to his place in the 1980s. When I first met AJ, he was selling SOTA tables, Counterpoint, and Martin Logan speakers among others. He also sold a fair amount of used gear. His duplex was full of gear in every room including the basement. AJ had a full time job at the time and if memory serves me correctly, he was a mechanical engineer and worked for a local company which I can't remember the name of.

    I was hoping this was another internet rumor that wasn't true, but it sadly appears not to be so.
    He also designed one of the best espresso machines on the market. Cafe Armando. Way too young. Only 59.

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  • c1ferrari
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    Oh, so sad. R.I.P. Mr. Conti.

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  • Metamatic
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    Very sad news

    RIP AJ

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  • Dre_J
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    This is saddening. He will be missed. May he rest in peace. I give my deepest condolences to his family.

    We had so many interesting conversations on the phone and via emails over the years. We finally met about 6 years ago and it was a wonderful meeting.

    A.J. can tell the story much better than I can. In this Wilson Audio video comments about our 2010 meeting, he sums it up very well about 5:12 into the video.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5N-B...youtu.be&t=312


    I have owned three Basis Turntables (1400, 2800 vacuum, and Debut Vacuum) I still own them except the 1400 which a close friend finally convinced me to sell to him. They are precision analog devices.

    Dre
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    Last edited by Dre_J; 06-02-2020, 09:48 AM.

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  • Rob
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    I just told my good friend that owned five of his 'tables and was deeply saddened to hear about this. Scott and AJ would chat on the phone for what seemed like two hours at a time and discussed many things other than audio. They met for the first time at the Newport show a few years ago and both shared a love for sport bikes and Ducatis. AJ would make an effort to go on rides in whichever part of the country there was an audio show. He was well versed on so many subjects other than audio, a true renaissance man he was.
  • mep
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    AJ was always passionate about what he did. He started off in the audio business selling stereo gear out of his duplex in Nashua, NH. I lived in Maine at the time and made several treks to his place in the 1980s. When I first met AJ, he was selling SOTA tables, Counterpoint, and Martin Logan speakers among others. He also sold a fair amount of used gear. His duplex was full of gear in every room including the basement. AJ had a full time job at the time and if memory serves me correctly, he was a mechanical engineer and worked for a local company which I can't remember the name of.

    I was hoping this was another internet rumor that wasn't true, but it sadly appears not to be so.

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    Too soon, too soon. I remember chatting with Mr. Conti about his new Superarm 9. He was so proud of it and the machining tolerances involved in its production. A man who loved what he did.

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  • mep
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    I am really saddened to hear this. RIP AJ.

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