Dec 162017

Most of you know that what I write about music and hifi here at Jeff’s Place (as well as Positive Feedback) produces no real income for me.

In fact it’s just the opposite, it costs me a lot to write about many of the things I write about because they are personal purchases (Altec A5’s & A7’s, vintage McIntosh electronics, Westminster loudspeakers, Leben CS-600, Artisan Fidelity Thorens TD-124 and Classic 301 turntables, etc.) that I have made over the years.

I write about hifi and music because I love hifi and music, but my real income comes from my day job working for the US’s Office of Science as a physical scientist.

Time has a way of zooming by, and it is now time to for me to retire from my position with the Office of Science!

I have been involved with science for almost 40 years now. First as a student, then by doing a bit of research and teaching, and finally by working with a group of really terrific people at the Office of Science’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

The ALCF-3 project’s annual review at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility. The leadership supercomputing facilities are very impressive, and there’s a lot of exciting science that is enabled by their cutting edge supercomputing capabilities. In the photo we’re standing in front of Mira, a 10-petaflops IBM Blue Gene/Q system. The next generation of leadership class supercomputers in development now are really going to be impressive!

During a Laboratory Directed Research and Development review we had a nice visit to the underground where the scientists told us about making a neutrino beam that’s sent over 500 miles through the Earth to a detector in Wisconsin.

Neutrino research in the underground at Fermi National Laboratory.

It has been exciting for me to see the rise of proteomics and genomics, the advancements and possibilities of high-performance computing, to be a federal project director for high-energy physics, supercomputing, and climate change research aircraft projects, and to witness the many other inspiring areas of scientific progress in my lifetime.

First-of-its-kind imaging Time-Of-Propagation counter (iTOP) being installed into the Belle II detector.

The three-story tall Belle II detector.

I want to say “Thank you!” to all the great people I have worked with over the years, it was a true pleasure to get to know you, I wish you the very best that life has to offer, and I hope to see you around!

I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my life, and enjoying more time with family, friends, and my hobbies (like hifi, music, bicycling, travel, etc.).

Mom’s 91st birthday 2 years ago.

Nephew, Chris, and grand-niece, Chloe!

My sister-in-law, JoAnne, with her husband, Andy.

My nephew Matthew and Milagros at their wedding dance.

Left to right: Ron Barbee, Andy Moore, and Pete Riggle, engaging in hifi fun at Jeff’s Place.

Leo and Stephaen

Rafe getting an action shot of the Woody SPU tonearm.

My crystal ball is a little fuzzy on the life changes that are sure to come. Jeff’s Place might be moving to a new city in the future … or?

Riverfront Park walking bridge in Spokane, WA.

West Seattle.

Reims, France.

For the foreseeable future I’ll be continuing to write here at Jeff’s Place and Positive Feedback, and anything you can do to help me defray the cost of running Jeff’s Place would be greatly appreciated.

Anyways, it has been a true pleasure to be able to write for you about hifi and music, and I hope to be able to continue to do so into the future.

My buddy Chad during our 2014 Seattle B&B bike tour!

Jeff wishing you and yours all the best life has to offer!

As always, thanks for stopping by, and may the tone be with you!

 Posted by at 7:46 am

  40 Responses to “Announcing my retirement …”

  1. Will Miss your deepgraving reviews Always with a “warm tone” All the best from Holland/

    • Thanks for the kind words, Schelto. I’ll keep up my writing for Jeff’s Place and Positive Feedback for the foreseeable future, so keep stopping by to visit!

      Kind regards,


  2. Congratulations on your retirement, Jeff!

    Thank you for your stories, and reviews. I’m looking forward to more from wherever you land!

  3. Jeff,
    Greetings from England!
    I’d like to add my thanks, too. I’ve much appreciated your reviews and comments over the years. And one of these days I plan to do something to my Canterburys along the same lines as you’ve done to your Westminsters!
    Enjoy your free time!

    • Thank you for the kind words, Michael, appreciated!

      I think you’ll really be pleased with the result if you build a set of Duelund crossovers for your Canterbury’s. I know Jim Smith sure enjoys his Canterbury’s with the Duelund crossovers he built for them.

      All the best,


  4. Jeff,
    Congratulations on completing that career. I retired in 2002 and highly recommend it! That is for those who can keep busy, a task I’m sure will be no problem for you.
    Best wishes!!!

    • Thanks, Pryso, I appreciate the kind words.

      More than anything I wanted more time in my life to spend with family, friends, and enjoying the things I love like music, audio, cycling, and travel.

      All the best,


  5. Congratulations on finishing strong! I walked through that door on December 1st myself. Kept saying I had more important things to do.

    Best wishes and warmest regards to you and yours.

    • Thanks, Don, appreciated, and congratulations to you as well! It’s an exciting new phase of life we are entering!

      Kind regards,


  6. Congratulations Jeff, Here’s hoping you have a long and fulfilled retirement! I’m sure glad you are going to continue to review and write.


  7. Congratulations Jeff, an amazing career! Here’s to enjoying the next phase of your journey, I’m sure it will be just as interesting my friend. I’m looking forward to following your writting for a long time to come. Cheers, Andy

    • Many thanks, Andy!

      I’m looking forward to the next phase of life, but I don’t think it has completely sunk in yet!

      I’ll be looking forward to writing about music and hifi for a long time to come!

      Kind regards,


  8. Now that’s what I call a “catch your attention title”! What may have seemed sad news at first glance–thinking like many no doubt that you were retiring (hifi) reviewing for good–is in fact great news for you and your many loyal followers, given that you will now have much more free time to dig deeper in detail and share with us your musical passion and knowledge through your outstanding sonic journey, for which we will all benefit. Long live this new enriching adventure Jeff!


    • Thanks for the kind words, Claude!

      I suspect retirement will allow me to get to those things that I haven’t yet had time to do (I hope!), and I’m really looking forward to it!

      All the best!


  9. Hello Jeff!

    Nice to read that you are retiring. After a lot of years of hard working you deserve it! Big compliments and congratulations! So,… you have even more time to review audio equipment and to write about it! How nice. I must admit that I am reading almost every day on your site. Every time I am enjoying it, really. Even my wife asks me, regularly, how it is with you and if you are still listening to the Tannoy Westminster. Really!

    I am convinced that you will like ‘your new live’. Not going every day to your work and have the freedom to choose what to do. Of course you will miss your colleagues and your Company. But he! You have all over the world audio friends! Go and visit us. You are very welcome, for example, in the Netherlands. At my place!

    I am looking forward to read about all of your actual and future audio adventures!

    With nice greetings,


    • Hi Siedy,

      Thank you so much for the well wishes! Thanks for being such a good friend, Siedy, I appreciate it!

      I would be delighted to visit you in the Netherlands one of these days, it would be a lot of fun for sure!

      I’m looking forward to the new adventures in my next phase of life!

      Kind regards,


      • Perhaps a European Tour Jeff!

        That your musings are followed in so many places is one of the wonders of the internet.

        Enjoy your extra free time – you know the old cliche I guess –

        you will wonder how you had time to go to work – I know I did.

        All the best

        Jim (in UK)

        • Hi Jim,

          Thanks for the kind words, I really appreciate it. 🙂

          I really have enjoyed my visits to the UK and Europe, and hope to do a little more of that when I retire!

          Kind regards,


  10. Congratulations Jeff. I wish a lot of happiness for many years. I’m happy you did not retire from the hifi world and I hope we can read even more about your hifi adventures from now on.

  11. Dear Jeff.

    I would like to extend my deepest, heartfelt thanks to you for your inspiring hifi adventures as well as your professional carreer as a scientist contributing to the advancement of mankind. Hope I will be able to read many more of your very well researched hifi articles in the future. I wish you and your family and friends a merry christmas and a happy new year.



    • Dear Maurice,

      Thank you for your thoughtful and kind message, I truly appreciate it. 🙂

      I’m really looking forward to this new phase of life!

      Kind regards,


  12. Congratulations on your retirement, and the next adventures. I have enjoyed riding along on your shirt tails. I hope to continue as long as you continue. I live in the Seattle and I have an idea!

  13. Hello Jeff

    Thanks so much for your comments about music reproduction. Your experiences and advises were very inportant to me.
    When you’ll have some time please send me your email and I’ll wright my history about my system, because I have a pair of Tannoy Westminster loudspeakers too.

    José Carlos

  14. Jeff,

    Congrats on your retirement, may you have plenty of fun times pursuing your hobbies. Please keep this site up for as long as you can, I like your site..

  15. Hi Jeff
    Congratulations on your retirement . I am glade I found your web pages quit a few years ago . It is a pleasure to visit your site to catch up on your audio antics , and every now and then your travels and family . Glad to here that it is only work you are retiring from. If you are ever in New Zealand you are more than welcome to drop in , just PM me .
    cheers Lance

    • Hi Lance,

      Thanks for well wishes and kind words, very much appreciated! 🙂

      I hope my travels take me New Zealand way, and if they do I’d love to get in a visit!

      Kind regards,


  16. Thank you very much Jeff!
    I wish you all the best !
    🙂 from France

  17. Dear Jeff,

    Greetings and Congratulations from Korea!
    I’ve been following your audio adventures and life journey through Jeffsplace in the past few years,
    with a lot of thrill and excitement, sometimes with high envy and admiration,
    and I want you to know that it has given the inspiration and impetus for a neater, deeper and better life to this alien Asian man,
    not to speak of the wonderful exposure to the marvelous audio and music world,
    and I cannot thank you enough for that.
    May there be more fun and excitement in your journey from here on, along with the newer and deeper findings around the world, and please consider including Asia, and especially Korea for that matter, as one of your next destination, so that I can reward a little bit to you what I have been blessed through this wonderful site.



    • Hi Handol,

      Thanks your for the kind words, I really appreciate your thoughtful message! 🙂

      I definitely want to visit Asia! In particular, two years ago I had hoped to travel to Korea and visit my friend Chad and his wife who lived in Busan, but my plans didn’t work out back then, and they have since moved to Seattle in the USA.

      After I get settled into retirement, I hope to do some more adventures to visit with my friends around the world!

      Here’s hoping our paths cross one of these days!

      Kind regards,


  18. Jeff,
    Every good and gratitude for all that I have learned by following Your page rich information about Hi Fi … One thing is certain -Your merit is great …I will miss your knowledge and experience in the future but I hope you will not completely withdraw from the magical world HI – FI ….


    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Brane, I truly appreciate it! 🙂

      It is my hope you will be reading about my music & audio adventures for a long time to come!

      Kind regards,


      • Hello ,
        All the best wishes in NEW YEAR. I have the question to you. Could you tell me , if you know anything details about Tannoy Westmister – model RW ?

        • Hi Janusz,

          I am not familiar with an RW model of the Westminster. Do you perhaps mean the TW?

          The third version of the Westminster, called the Westminster TW (Tulip Waveguide) was produced from 1992 to 1998 in parallel with the Westminster Royal. The Westminster TW was a lower cost version of the Westminster that used a ferrite magnet instead of the more expensive (and better sounding) Alnico magnet, and had a smaller cabinet volume than the Westminster Royal.

          I hope that helps.

          Kind regards,


 Leave a Reply

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>



%d bloggers like this: