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August 17, 2009

Weber was an electronics pioneer

Retired engineer known around the world

Ted Weber was the sort of guy who truly hated to say, “I don’t know.” He was an electronics wizard who basically was on call for his customers. Anytime he could get near a computer or a phone, day or night, he was fielding questions from some of the most demanding musicians in the world.

Weber, who died Friday at age 58, was a familiar name in the specialized world of high-end, handmade amplifier speakers. Kenny Chesney and Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio both used his speakers. He sold products to Brooks & Dunn and Metallica.

Ted formed Weber Speakers with his son, T.A. Weber, about 14 years ago. Under Ted’s technical vision and T.A.’s business acumen, Weber Speakers now has 10 employees in Kokomo and ships speakers and speaker parts around the world.

Monday, the company Web site, www.tedweber.com, had a memorial set up for Ted, complete with a “to-do list.”

“Build speakers for Jimi. Lunch with Leo and Les. Fix Lennon’s amp. Dinner with Miles & Bird. Make Heaven louder ...” it read.

“It is a very difficult time, but Ted would want us to keep this train rolling,” T.A. said in a message on the site. “Ted’s products and designs have gone all over the world to every inhabited continent. Many of his friends who he has helped over these past years he has never met face to face. He was a teacher to countless musicians and a friend to anyone who needed advice.”

In an interview this past winter, Weber described the tone he always sought in his speakers as “that warm, juicy, hi-fi sound.”

What makes Weber Speakers special, Ted said, was that the company basically tries to reproduce what engineers back in the day would have constructed, if they’d been given more freedom by their respective companies.

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