Located in scenic central South Carolina:
is no longer with us of course. I visited with him by phone early one
Sunday evening and our chat that day proved to be the last thing Joel
Thorner ever did. It was July 1, 2007. Joel's local friends told me
later that Joel was always laughing when he hung up from talking to me.
I pray that was the case with his last conversation.
It was no surprise to those of us close to Joel when he died. We all knew it was coming - just a matter of time. Months earlier Joel had asked me to serve as the guardian of his website. When the time came, I had no idea what to do. Joel was so many things to so many people, finding an equal or even a close substitute seemed impossible.
Five years later when I again was given the opportunity to carry out Joel's final wishes, the path was clear: one person or organization would not be able to replace him. The purpose of this site is to serve as a hub of honest, concerned, enthusiastic businesses and individuals specializing in keeping the vinyl spinning. It is my goal that the new turntablefactory.com never be "completed" ; that it will take on a life of its own and grow with the hobby and mature with each new generation.
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