Tim De Paravicini: (1945–2020)

Dec 21, 2020

A Message from Anthony Michaelson, on the recent passing of Tim de Paravicini

I am deeply saddened by the loss of my old sparring partner, Tim de Paravicini. My friendship with him goes back to 1978, during the Michaelson&Austin days. It seems like eons ago and yesterday at the same time.

I fondly recall my first meeting him when he was working for Tangent Acoustics (having recently left Luxman in Japan). He was so eager to show me his incredible Moonlight Electronics designs he had done for Tangent. They were astonishing. His hands were shaking because of his passion and enthusiasm, it was overwhelming and intimidating. I was sure that I was in the presence of a near-genius. He then redesigned the TVA-1's circuit, and his work turned it from a mediocre ‘also ran’ to a huge success. Thank you, Tim!

When I started MF I remained friends with him. One day I was at his house and we inevitably began talking circuits. He started getting excited, very excited, and took me into his workshop (piles of car parts, half-finished breadboard circuits, masses of wires and components, a bit of cat poop, un-emptied ashtrays… Yup! Genius at work!) and showed me a small breadboard with a couple of output transistors strapped to it; it looked like nothing. Then he really got into gear: Class A, low cost, amazing sonics, waving hands, blazing eyes. His passion convinced me, and the result was the A1; the bestselling MF product of all time. Thank you, Tim!

Tim was never interested in the money when it came to his designs. Everything we did together happened on trust, with no mention of money. Typically Tim. He never even considered a price for the A1 design, but I knew it was something special and so through my own insistence I put him on a handsome retainer/salary. Tim was an un-worldly gift to the world of audio, and his influence and status needed to be recognized.

You will be sorely missed, Tim. I hope that you have gone to a world filled with cats, exotic tubes, and leaded solder

From all at the Musical Fidelity and Audio Tuning families, our condolences go out to Tim de Paravicini’s family and loved ones as we all bid farewell to a true audio icon.

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