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John Bicht of Versa Dynamics Passes

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  • John Bicht of Versa Dynamics Passes

    I just learned about this through the Versa Dynamics owners group:

    "It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you that John Bicht passed away last week. He had been in poor health for at least the last couple of years, but he never talked specifics with me.

    I never met John face to face, but we became good friends over the decades we spoke by phone, beginning shortly after I bought a Model 1. A couple of years ago, when a Model 2 owner informed John that he wanted to give it to a “good home”, John offered it to me. I miss him terribly.

    We Versa-Dynamics owners are aware of his brilliance as a designer and manufacturer of record players. The first, I believe, to combine an air-bearing platter, air-bearing, radial-tracking arm, and vacuum record hold-down. And, it sold for a bargain price.

    Others are aware of his innovations with watch-repair tools, darkroom equipment, and coffee grinders. I know that at some point he also raced cars.

    If you have something to add to John’s story, please share it with the rest of us.

    If you would like to express condolences, email his wife, Laura Dearborn, at [email protected]


  • #2
    That's so sad. John made an excellent table back in the day. Except for that hum that sone owners could never get rid off!
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    • #3
      My condolences to his family.

      It seems that we are losing many of the iconic designers of the past that I had admired as a young man over these last few years.
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        • #5
          Sorry to hear this. I once owned a Versa Dynamics 1.0 (the cheaper version). When I had problems with it (I bought it used), I would call John for advice, even though he was no longer producing them - I think he had moved on to making expresso machines IIRC. Always very approachable the few times I contacted him.

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          • #6
            My first tonearm was a Mission 774. It was a wonderful arm, except that when adjusting the azimuth, the angle changes whenever the screw is tightened. You have to arrive at the correct azimuth by trial and error. I think that was one of his first iconic creations.