Connor has been with Pearl Audio for ten years. Connor has a lifelong love of high end audio design and a background in academic science. Connor's science background makes him a strong expert is speaker and amplifier design but he is also a bit of golden ears and a master at setup and system tuning.
Connor started drawing pictures of speaker boxes and drivers and putting them up all over his room as a six year old. He walked into our store when he was fifteen years old and asked to hear some big gun hifi. He was polite, well-spoken, and clearly in love with the equipment and amazingly helpful, so we eventually we gave him the run of the store. As it dawned on us that he knew more than any of us, we eventually offered him a job. To our amazement he sold a big Linn system on his official first day AND did great job setting it up and supporting his new clients - they told us so!. Years later, Connor still combines his early age love of high end audio, his knowledge of science, a Chemistry degree, and a genuine caring for others to provide a wonderful purchasing and ownership experience.
Russ has been with Pearl Audio for twelve years. Russ brings serene calm to our store. There can be phantoms, there can be fires on the road, and Russ will serenely and calmly acquire and judiciously utilize both the fire extinguisher and the anti-phantom fogger. Russ's 'do it right' work ethic, excellent musical ear, and talent for perfect customer service have already made him one of 'the greats'. Russ is as honest as the day is long.
Russ is also mechanical wizard and our turntable specialist. Russ has completed both of the by-invite Linn LP12 Masters class taught by the Linn LP12 engineers themselves. Over the years, he has built and upgraded uncountable Linn LP12's. Russ has also setup turntables and arms from Pro-ject, Rega, Clearaudio, Brinkmann, Kuzma, Graham, TW Akustic, Thorens, VPI, SOTA, SME, TechDAS, and Sears. Russ enjoys photography (Yes, it's Russ from Glazers Camera), birding, vintage auto rallys and traveling extensively throughout the great Northwest.
John has been with Pearl Audio for seventeen years. He is a turntable and computer audio specialist with over twenty years of high end audio experience. He's set up turntables and arms from Linn, Pro-ject, Rega, Clearaudio, Brinkmann, Graham, Technics, VPI, SME, Basis, Well-Tempered, Merrell-Williams, Spiral Groove, Oracle, Feickert, Sumiko, Grace, Luxman, SOTA, Thorens, TechDAS, Fisher, Souther, and Tri-Planar. He's set up computer music systems with Linn DS, Aurender, Audio Research, McIntosh, Luxman, and Berkeley Audio Design. John is also the store's Mac Guy - he loves anything with big Blue Meters and heartily approves of any stereo with at least 1000 watts of power.
Tara has been with Pearl Audio for ten years. She is our office manager and service coordinator. Coming from a long line of musicians, Tara is a jazz saxophone player and our name that tune dojo champion. Tara loves everything from Lady Day to Lady Gaga to the Muppets who say Mana Mana. Tara enjoys concerts, running and volunteering with Rotary. Tara has a heart of gold.
Tara grew up in Missoula Montana where her music loving mother and her music professor grandfather mentored her lifelong love of classical music and opera, with a dash of Justin Timberlake of course. Tara also grew up as a member of the Children's Theatre of Missoula, something that doesn't show in the least.
Susan has been with Pearl Audio for nineteen years. Susan also brings calm to our store. Susan is our CFO who keeps our businesses finances on track and the books in order. Susan's been with our store since its early beginnings in late 2002. Susan enjoys music, traveling to the great outdoors and spending time with her family including her golden retriever Caribou (aka friendliest dog ever).