Canadian Electronics Firm Poised to Relaunch Hafler Brand
arlier this year, Radial Engineering, located in Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada, a manufacturer of electronic equipment for music professionals, purchased the Hafler brand name. Radial is relaunching Hafler, beginning with phono stages and headphone amps, but producing Hafler power amplifiers in 2015. Radial distributed Hafler products in the 1990s and currently owns the Reamp, Tonebone and Primacoustic brands, shipping nearly 100,000 electronic devices a year to customers around the world.
David Hafler began designing hi-fi products in the 1950s under the Dynaco name. He later founded the David Hafler Company, which Rockford-Fosgate took over in 1987, focussing on studio amplifiers. According to Peter Janis, Radial Engineering president, "We are currently going through the paces of redeveloping these legends. But this is no easy task! We are working with various winding companies to re-create power transformers, locating some hard-to-find parts and retooling the heat syncs [sic]. Once the groundwork is completed, we will upgrade the designs where we think we can bring value."
Radial plans to leverage existing relationships with The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Vince Gill, The Boston Pops Orchestra, Keith Urban, Chick Corea and Metallica to help popularize the Hafler brand. The company has already secured an endorsement from recording engineer Al Schmitt, known for his work with Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and Steely Dan.
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