VPI Industries Inc. is a high-end audio manufacturer that was
started by Sheila and Harry Weisfeld, the founders and co-owners
thirty five years ago. Both Jonathan, our oldest son and VPI
Industries began at the same time in 1978 with our first product, a
record weight in two different sizes. Then, we introduced a
turntable isolation base in December of 1978.
Our first major product, which is still in production in an
improved form, was our HW-16 record cleaning machine introduced in
1981. Harry Weisfeld, then a dedicated audiophile, wanted his records
to be as clean as possible (including the dirty ones whose sonic
potential lay beneath a layer of contaminants). However, the only
available record cleaning machine at that time was the Keith Monks
Record Cleaner. How could a newly married husband justify this expense
to his wife! (“Too bad some of those conversations were not recorded
for posterity”, says one reviewer”; no doubt they would have had a
familiar ring to many audiophiles and their designated others).
Without much choice, Harry decided to make a record cleaning machine
for his own use. This became the original HW-16, which sold for less
than 1/5 the price of the Keith Monks Cleaning Machine. The 16 was
noisy, but so was our corn popper.
Soon after the cleaning machine, the infamous DB-5 or "magic
bricks" were introduced. These were wood-encased ferrous metal
blocks designed to absorb stray electromagnetic radiation from
This was followed by VPI manufacturing bases for both the Denon and JVC direct drive motors.
And then the HW-19 turntable followed by the MK2 and then MK3
and then the MK4. These tables have become an industry standard for
High End performance at an affordable price.
With the introduction of the TNT Turntable came the reality of
Harry’s promise to produce a state-of-the-art turntable at something
less than a state-of-the-staggering price.
In 1985, the PLC, or "power line conditioner" was introduced. "A
new product" and "a new child"; Mathew, our youngest son was born.
Then, in 1995, Harry and Sheila Weisfelds’, oldest son,
Jonathan, then seventeen years old and a Junior in High School, was
killed in a horrific car accident with two other boys. The tonearm
that Harry and Jonathan had been working on became a reality (as a
living memorial to the Weisfelds’ son). Jonathan had worked at his
parents' factory and was helping his dad design a new tonearm. This
tonearm became the "JMW Memorial Tonearm". A percentage of every
tonearm that is sold is put into the "Jonathan Weisfeld Memorial Fund"
with the funds being used to further Arts and Music.
The introduction of the Aries, later the Scout and then the
Scoutmaster, and then finally the Super Scoutmaster brought our
company into new areas of business and manufacturing while at the same
time increased our sales. Most VPI turntables regardless of vintage
are upgradeable. VPI manufactures a variety of turntables which range
in price and available options, as well as the JMW tonearm series,
the SDS and three record cleaning machines.
Our latest product was the 30th Anniversary “Classic” Turntable.
It is the culmination of thirty years of work and the beginning of a
new generation of turntables. Simple, mechanically correct, low in
cost, and excellent at extracting the excitement locked in those
Sheila and Harry’s sonic philosophy is to reproduce the dynamics
of live music in one’s home, and that the illusion of reality
cannot be duplicated without convincing resolution of low-level
detail, along with a natural sense of acoustic space. We use live
concerts, reel-to-reel tapes, and a Yamaha Disclavier grand piano as
sonic references. Mathew is the trombone and piano player in our
family, Jonathan was the guitarist, playing both the acoustic and
electric guitar. And Harry played the accordion in his youth.
All VPI products are built in the United States in Cliffwood,
New Jersey using American made parts and labor. We are an old school
American manufacturer sourcing American made components whenever
possible, even if they are more expensive than foreign components. The
tonearm lifters are the only part of the JMW tonearms that aren’t
made by any American manufacturer and are thus purchased abroad.
VPI sells to about 100 US dealers and exports to 65 countries overseas.
Sheila Weisfeld was formerly a Speech and English teacher in the
New York City school system and holds a Master’s Degree in teaching
the Speech and Hearing Handicapped, along with a second Master’s
Degree in Audiology and post-graduate credits. Sheila is involved
with numerous volunteer organizations on both the local and
The founders and co-owners of VPI Industries would be Harry and Sheila Weisfeld.
Harry Weisfeld's background is in mechanical engineering and
racing cars (like many other High End designers)! He enjoys fishing
and photographing birds (hawks and eagles are especially a favorite)
in his limited free time.
Mathew Weisfeld, the younger son, is the next generation of VPI. A
Holmdel High School teacher who completed his Master's Degree in
Education in August of 2009. He is an adjunct Professor at Monmouth
University in New Jersey. Mathew is a proud Martial Artist.