Acoustic Sounds
Air Force 10 Tonearm
By: Michael Fremer

February 4th, 2024


Industry News

Join Me, Peter McGrath and Florian "Doc" Kaps at The Audio Salon, Santa Monica

for the North American Launch of TechDAS's Air Force 10 Tonearm

TechDAS showed a prototype of its new air bearing pivoted tonearm at Munich High End 2023. It's now a finished product that will have its North American launch at The Audio Salon in Santa Monica this Friday, and Saturday February 9th and 10th.

In addition to the TechDAS team, Supersense's Florian "Doc" Caps will be there, most likely to play some of his lacquer releases, Wilson Audio's Peter McGrath will be there as well to extoll the virtues of the Wilson Audio Specialties XVX and the entire speaker lineup, and I will be there as well to play both Rufus Reid Presents Caelan Cardello, and test pressings of Patrick Leonard's remarkable new album It All Comes Down to Mood, which will soon be pressed at RTI.

The response to Patrick's record has been uniformly enthusiastic. I played the opening tune for a friend and he exclaimed "I want that!"Everyone who hears it wants it. My credit on the album is "Vinyl Shepherd", which may explain why a few who heard it here exclaimed, "What the flock? That's amazing!"

I'm looking forward to hearing these on the new TechDAS air bearing tonearm and of course to hopefully seeing many of you at the event. Store owner Maier Shadi knows how to throw a launch party! I was at the previous big one in 2019 for the launch of the big Air Force Zero and it was a memorable event.

Please RSVP: via email: or phone: 310-863-0863


  • 2024-02-05 08:41:01 AM

    tim davis wrote:

    Too cool! Wish I could be there. Now, if you can just get involved in some consult work for Deutsche Grammophon, you might land the coveted Vinyl German Shepherd credit, heeeeeee!

  • 2024-02-06 02:06:29 AM

    Zeotrope wrote:

    Not a fan of Maier’s lack of integrity. But curious to learn more about the tonearm nevertheless.

    • 2024-02-06 10:03:22 AM

      Robert Nakata wrote:

      I'll have to beg to differ on Maier. My experience reveals high integrity, amongst his other qualities.

      • 2024-02-06 07:01:27 PM

        Jim Shue wrote:

        Maier has the highest ethics and integrity in my books!

    • 2024-02-07 03:00:58 AM

      Jim Rossner wrote:

      I don't understand the "lack of integrity" comment. Maier and his staff have always been extremely helpful, honest, and a pleasure to work with in all my purchases from The Audio Salon.

    • 2024-02-07 06:55:18 PM

      Michael Fremer wrote:

      Maier has demonstrated his integrity to me by his behavior around the world. His customers will vouch for him all day I'm sure. Not sure to what you are referring.

    • 2024-02-10 05:03:01 AM

      David Ives wrote:

      Maier is one of the finest people I have ever met! Honest...Ethical...I registered after seeing this comment because I found the comment the opposite of any reality I have experienced.

    • 2024-02-14 09:17:34 PM

      Rangel wrote:

      I have been working with Maier and his team for almost five years and I have to say that he is the most honest, respectful and friendly partner I have. We have an excellent relationship. He supports my company in every way he can without expecting anything in return. I am very grateful that I am able to work with him!

    • 2024-02-21 12:04:40 AM

      Zeotrope wrote:

      Maier and I have cleared up our misunderstanding. As I originally thought when I first heard of this box set: I applaud Maier for creating something as special as this in the first place. It’s rare to see this level of attention to detail and care for the customer. Bravo!

  • 2024-02-06 08:01:41 PM

    topround wrote:

    Maier is pure gentleman

    • 2024-02-07 06:55:58 PM

      Michael Fremer wrote:


  • 2024-02-07 01:42:46 AM

    Chad wrote:

    I have known Maier for over 10 years . His customer service is second to none. He bends over backwards for his customers. He has done this for me and many others. Not sure what happened but there must be a mistake. Chad Kassem