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Our new media console gets a name!

More on my quest to design our next media console ...

Last month I shared the first details about a coming new design, one dedicated to my Dad, who passed away last August. Today I want to share with you its name plus some additional model information.

Announcing The Quest!

Our new design is called The Quest. My Dad (and his Dad too) found the principal song from the 1965 Broadway musical Man of La Mancha particularly inspirational. Now so do I. The Impossible Dream found an audience well beyond Broadway theatergoers. Nearly 200 covers of it have been recorded. I prefer the original Broadway recording by Richard Kiley. He won two Tonys for his portrayal of Don Quixote. Watch him perform it at the 1972 Tonys here.

The song The Impossible Dream has an alternate title: The Quest 

Like his hero Don Quixote, Dad courageously and willing battled against the odds, for decades in the ever-changing and consolidating TV cabinet business, and, in his last years, against serious health challenges. The song represents to me that while an objective might seem impossible to others, glory lies in striving to reach it nevertheless. Dad taught me, by example, to work hard and not give up. He is, was, and will forever be my hero.

Lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh. The Impossible Dream (The Quest):

To dream ... the impossible dream ...
To fight ... the unbeatable foe ...
To bear ... with unbearable sorrow ...
To run ... where the brave dare not go ...
To right ... the un-rightable wrong ...
To love ... pure and chaste from afar ...
To try ... when your arms are too weary ...
To reach ... the unreachable star ...

This is my quest, to follow that star ...
No matter how hopeless, no matter how far ...
To fight for the right, without question or pause ...
To be willing to march into Hell, for a Heavenly cause ...

And I know if I'll only be true, to this glorious quest,
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm,
when I'm laid to my rest ...

And the world will be better for this:
That one man, scorned and covered with scars,
Still strove, with his last ounce of courage,
To reach ... the unreachable star ...

Dad supported me in all ways when, after our 55-year-old family cabinet business closed in 2005, I conceived the strangest project ever imagined: to become a web entrepreneur and sally forth into the internet world selling high-end media consoles!

This is My Quest!

You first met the 85-3/8"-wide, 4-enclosure edition of The Quest in my last post. All models are 29" tall and 22" deep overall.

The Quest 85 inch Media Console with 4 Enclosures

We naturally had to make a speaker shelf version too. At 42-7/8" wide and 10" tall, the speaker shelf can handle just about any center speaker and, indeed, many soundbars. And there's room for at least two pieces of gear below!

The Quest 85 inch Media Console with 4 Enclosures and Speaker Shelf

Here's a little perspective so you can see just what this shelf looks like:

The Quest 85"-wide media console with center speaker shelf - perspective view

This is the 64"-wide, 3-enclosure model of The Quest:

The Quest 85 inch Media Console with 3 Enclosures

It, too, has a speaker shelf model. The shelf is 21-1/2" wide and 10" tall.

The Quest 85 inch Media Console with 3 Enclosures and Speaker Shelf

The next chapter in this noble quest ...

Soon I will share pricing plus how you can save big by purchasing early or by purchasing a photo sample. I also plan to share some shop photos of early prototypes and of the first photo samples now being built.

Don Quixote De La Mancha - Onward to Glory We Go!

Stay tuned ... 

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Comments

Alan from Standout - March 9, 2020

Glenn L Burbridge III: Thanks for your kind words, Glenn. It is a tough club to join losing your Dad. We hope you are right about The Quest. Glad you like it! And let me know when you are ready to be a present customer (versus a future customer). FYI, we offer 24 months of 0% interest right now. I know that sounds like sales guy talk but it is a good program.

George Eeds: Thanks for your comment – and your email (sorry about the delay in definitively answering until the specs were finalized). That Focal Kanta looks amazing. It will for sure fit the 4-door with shelf. The 3-door with shelf is a little to small if I am not mistaken. If you need something in between, we do 2 side doors, the shelf and a drawer, like our other styles. That’s the beauty of not buying a mass-produced piece from overseas!

Greg P: Thanks! Sounds like you are due for an upgrade. Include your current Standout console as a sweetener for your next deal and replace it with The Quest! :-)

Robert Bohl: As a happily married man I know better than to argue with my wife. Part of our business is making spouses happy (“I can keep the speaker if I can conceal”, "My wife won’t let me have all this gear in the family room unless it is in a real piece of furniture). Send me a sketch (alan @ standoutdesigns.com – remove those spaces – and I will review it with the brains of the shop). I appreciate a guy who dreams. Let’s see what’s possible!

Hermann Dworschak: Thank you for your message. We owe so much who have made the ultimate sacrifice and I am sorry that war deprived you of him in your life. I will paraphrase some words of comfort shared with me: our father’s soul is a flame that burns on inside us.

As for accommodating a 110" Samsung TV, please send me the model so I can research it. The only 110" my Google search brought up was from many years ago and it looks like it had an integrated floor stand.

Hermann Dworschak - March 9, 2020

So sorry to hear about your father. I never knew mine because he died in the WWII. Fathers can have a tremendous impact on their children – an observation I have made many times in my 80 years – but sadly never experienced.
Will your new and longest Quest be able to comfortably hold the weight of a Samsung 110 in UHD television?

Robert Bohl - March 9, 2020

I have a 65" TV that I like to be positioned at eye level, which means a support that approximately 18" tall. And I have a fair amount of audio equipment that needs space for at least six pieces of gear plus a turntable). Right now the TV sits on a “coffee table” and the audio on a cheap plastic utility shelving unit that is too wide at 36". The turntable is on the top shelf as it requires vertical space to change records, etc. I’d love to return the shelving unit to the garage and the table to our den. So far I haven’t come up with any solutions except to find an audio shelving unit that is less wide and a table/console with a low shelf; both should be of simple matching design. So far no luck. I guess my wife is correct when she says I have too much “stuff”.

Greg P - March 9, 2020

Very Cool. I love it!!!!

George Eeds - March 9, 2020

The center shelf 10 × 211/2 on the 64 inch console is a perfect for the Focal Kanta center speaker need to to complete my system.

Glenn L Burbridge III - March 9, 2020

Hi Alan,

Exceptional performance by your dear father!

Sincerely,

Glenn L Burbridge III

glb

Glenn L Burbridge III - March 9, 2020

Hi Alan,

I’m sorry to know the news about your dad as I know as well mine passed last January and I miss him tremendously. I think we both know they are both in a better more restful and peaceful place in their times. RIP Mr Alan Adlers father. The new design (The Quest) is really grand and I’m sure it will do very well.

Sincerely,

Glenn L Burbridge III

Born in Akron, Ohio (myself)

Born in Clarksburg, West Virginia (my Dad)

Future Customer

glb

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