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All photos taken handheld in ambient light with Sigma DP2 Merrill and Sigma DP1 Merrill cameras.

Gabi Rijnveld, the guiding force behind Crystal Cable.

Gabi Rijnveld, the guiding force behind Crystal Cable.

Mini Arabesque in Gabi's office in Arnhem.

Mini Arabesque in Gabi's office in Arnhem.

A portrait of Bela Bartók sits on the cabinet in Gabi's lovely office.

A portrait of Bela Bartók sits on the cabinet in Gabi's lovely office.

Edwin Rijnveld, the guiding force behind Siltech, holding a prototype SAGA phonostage.

Edwin Rijnveld, the guiding force behind Siltech, holding a prototype SAGA phonostage.

Crystal/Siltech's mutual facility outside Arnhem.

Crystal/Siltech's mutual  facility outside Arnhem.

Arabesque in listening room in Crystal/Siltech facility.

Arabesque in  listening room in Crystal/Siltech facility.

The crossover of the Crystal Arabesque is built into the speaker's base (note the high-quality Mundorf parts).

The crossover of the Crystal Arabesque is built into the speaker's base (note the high-quality Mundorf parts).

Mini Arabesques in the Crystal/Siltech listening room driven by Edwin's superb Siltech SAGA system electronics.

Mini Arabesques in the Crystal/Siltech listening room driven by Edwin's superb Siltech SAGA system electronics.

Edwin's ingenious Apollo LightDrive and Thor Voltage Modules from the SAGA System amps.

Edwin's ingenious Apollo LightDrive and Thor Voltage Modules from the SAGA System amps.

Interior of Crystal/Siltech facility.

Interior of Crystal/Siltech facility.

Spools of tonearm wire.

Spools of tonearm wire.

A spool of solid silver wire.

A spool of solid silver wire.

€350k winding machine used to twist different gauges and types of wire into a single Crystal/Siltech cable.

€350k winding machine used to twist different gauges and types of wire into a single Crystal/Siltech cable.

Winding machine twisting different strands into one cable.

Winding machine twisting different strands into one cable.

The twisted cable is wound onto a spool inside the winding machine (the wire on the spool will later be cut to length and terminated).

The twisted cable is wound onto a spool inside the winding machine (the wire on the spool will later be cut to length and terminated).

The step-by-step process of making a Crystal Cable "Piccolo" Interconnect begins with a meter length of appropriate twisted wire.

The step-by-step process of making a  Crystal Cable "Piccolo" Interconnect begins with a meter length of appropriate twisted wire.

RCA plugs are attached by screw to the ends of the wire.

RCA plugs are attached by screw to the ends of the wire.

Strands of the wire are then soldered to the contacts inside the plug.

Strands of the wire are then soldered to the contacts inside the plug.

Protective insulating endcaps Are then glued to the RCA plugs.

Protective insulating endcaps  Are then glued to the RCA plugs.

The finished interconnects are next tested for continuity.

The finished interconnects are next tested for continuity.