EveAnna Manley has been referred to by some as "The Manley Tube Queen" and even "America's Goddess of Thermionic Emissions" although she more humbly prefers the title of "The Tube Chick", as, while she is
years old, in her head she only thinks she is twenty, which is hardly old enough to be a full-fledged Queen or Goddess... well, f@#k it. She's da boss....
EveAnna was actually born in Las Vegas (!) but stumbled out of Vacuum Tube lineage as her father, Albert J. Dauray, owned the famous guitar amplifier company, AMPEG, in the late 1960's. EveAnna grew up in Atlanta listening to vacuum tubes and tales of the tube. She and her sister Stacey graduated from the prestigious Westminster Schools. EveAnna was very active in both the music and art programs in high school and then wound up as a music major at Columbia University with a mid-fi system driving her parents leftover AR-2ax speakers. While she did have a blast stealing roadsigns with the Columbia Univeristy Marching Band, and getting to even more trouble as President of her co-ed fraternity, Iota Epsilon Pi, the combination of yucky depressing winters in New York City and all those sunny and cheerful tunes and flicks coming out of Southern California beckoned her westward in her VW bug for a semester's sabbatical in 1989 to sort out exactly what she wanted to do in the music industry.
Hangin' out in Barcelona May 2005.
EveAnna got a lead from one of her father's ol' Ampeg employees about "two crazy South Africans running a small tube amp company out in Chino". Although this did not seem too appealing to her at first, she went to meet David and Luke Manley at VTL.
EveAnna started on the bottom-most rung at VTL and soon worked her way through absolutely every phase and detail of construction, testing, prototyping, engineering, purchasing, sales, service, and production management in the company. She has worn many hats (and still does!) In 1993 Luke took over VTL while David and EveAnna founded Manley Laboratories, Inc. as a separate entity in their new 11,000 sq. ft. building. EveAnna donned a sales hat and got Manley Labs going. Things got rolling...........
However, in 1996, David Manley took off and moved to France leaving EveAnna in de-facto charge of Manley Labs. She and her crew took over the pressing R&D duties. Some of the most important products at Manley were created and some of the most important "fix-ups" of the older products took place during this period. The ads took a new direction under EveAnna's eye-catching yet sometime quirky direction-- but hey, they worked... Evident in company sales doubling during 1996-1999. In June 1999, the official company changes finally took place. And on we went.... stronger than ever.
Interviews with EveAnna
1997 Russian Class A Interview
1998 Russian Class A Interview
August 1998 Pro Audio Review Interview
June 1999 Audio Technology Interview
June 1999 Sonovision Interview in French Language
December 2000 Red Herring article
Manley Poised for Expansion Article from Pro Sound News 1/2001
February 2001 'View From the Top' Pro Sound News article
August 2002 Pro Sound News Europe Interview
September 2002 PROSOUND Japan Interview
Check out this video interview of EveAnna at the HE2003 show on Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity.
August 2003 On Sound and Music Interview and Factory Visit
May 2006 Image HiFi Interview for Germany
October 2006 The Absolute Sound: 13 Questions for EveAnna Manley
EveAnna Manley Presented with the LAOC Audio Society's Highest Award!
The Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society honoured EveAnna Manley with their highest award, the Founder's Award, at the Society Gala and Awards Banquet, Dec. 5th, 2009. EveAnna delivered the Keynote Speech and Stereophile Editor John Atkinson presented The State of the Audio Industry address. The Society's previous winners include the extraordinary Harry Pearson, the brilliant Ray Kimber, and the innovative Dennis Had, David Robinson, and Dave Clark. The Founder's Award is presented annually by the Society Board to a recipient that
has advanced the state of the art in highend audio design and continues to be a beacon of quality and innovation in our wonderful pursuit of fine music reproduction.
Bob Levi presents EveAnna Manley with the award at the annual gala Dec. 5, 2009
Just for kicks...
Attending to all the details of running this multi-million dollar company with its 50 employees, thousands of customers, and of course, authoring this massive website leaves little time for too much else in EveAnna's life, although she does pretty much remember to feed her dog, Max, on a regular basis, if she is home and not traveling around the world somewhere. In her spare time, EveAnna might take some photography classes or restore a 1969 VW BUS in which you can sometimes see her delivering gear around Hollywood. Recently, she restored a rat-infested house and a 1969 VW Bug. Maybe she'll do a whole barrio suburb next, who knows... She does eat lots of sushi. Occasionally EveAnna will pick up her saxophone to jam but mainly likes to blast loud music through her Tannoy Westminsters or Churchills.
EveAnna owns thousands of CD's and LP's. She listens to a lot of off-the-wall music but she has a particular passion for 60's & 70's pop tunes, especially the One Hit Wonders she grew up with.
EveAnna climbed Mt. Whitney in July, 2000. Other than that she sits and types all day.
"I work out at the gym every day so that I can consume healthy foods such as these......"
Deep Fried Coke! Krispy Kreme Chicken Sandwich! Deep Fried TWINKIES! --L.A. County Fair 2007
EveAnna is very much into things mechanical, and this shows in her vehicle collection: 1991 Alfa Romeo 164L, 1974 Alfa Spider, 1972 Ford Pinto, 1969 VW Bus and '69 Bug. Well, put it this way: she also has a great mechanic, Dave at Summit Automotive in Marina Del Ray, and her 4 free annual 200+100 mile tows she gets with her AAA "Premier" membership get used. It's kinda scary when you get to know your tow truck drivers personally. (Thanks Chris!) EveAnna's broken wrist (12/2000) recovered well enough to pull the clutch on her 1991 Harley-Davidson FXLR again. She rode that machine across the USA and back (August-October 2006). You can read about that journey and other motorbike trip adventures here. She still keeps her first bike, a 1977 Kawasaki KE100 enduro, just for teaching visiting friends and young corruptible family members how to ride....
EveAnna is a member of the Hollywood Sapphire Group, a social engineering society which predates the AES, well it actually founded the AES in the 1940's. They meet once a month to network, tell jokes, quip, and talk about cutting lacquers. EveAnna is the Hollywood Sapphire Group's Secretary. She sends out the spam. EveAnna is also a Vice President at-large (short) for the Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society.
Giving Back: For three years, EveAnna served on the California State University Northridge Audio Technology certificate program advisory board and taught the Analog Repair Methods class (with focus on vacuum tube technology, of course). EveAnna also was the guest lecturer at Stanford University's EE122 Analog Laboratory class in May of 2001 to expose those EE kids to the wonders of vacuum tubes. In April 2002, EveAnna did a special guest appearance at The Recording Conservatory of Arts and Sciences in Tempe, AZ and rambled on about tubes and compression and getting that first job... In 2003 the Stanford University AES Student Chapter booked EveAnna for another speaking engagement. May 30, 2003 EveAnna was a panelist for the Cal Poly Music Business Event, for the Music Industry Studies program there. This event was also broadcast live on the web.
The AES Student chapter at Webster University formally extended an invitation to EveAnna Manley to be the Keynote Speaker at the 6th Annual Central Region AES Student Summit (CRASS) on March 31, 2012. EveAnna also hosted a panel about issues to consider to start a business in the music industry. Past CRASS honored guests have included Phil Ramone, Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg, and many more.
"Leave the park a better place than you found it." -- C. Bock, Founder, Belize Diving Club
(8/2006 Rest in Peace, my dive buddy.)
Throwin' that mysterious TUBES RULE GANGSTAH sign in Venice, Italy 2002.
In the girls' bathroom at Electric Lady Studios 2001.
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