What's Up With Tyll?

Readers may have noticed that InnerFidelity.com Editor Tyll Hertsens has not been posting for a while. Turns out he suffered a burst diverticula of the intestine which lead to a bacterial infection of his liver. Those who know what this is are probably wincing about now. For those that don't, it's serious, but luckily treatable, and Tyll is recovering at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital (pictured above).

Tyll is in good spirits and hopes to get released later this week. He also expects to pick up where he left off with Big Sound 2015 and says he is getting ready to start working on posts again. We're suggesting he take all the time he needs to rest.

Let's all wish him well, and hope he is able to go home soon!

Update: Tyll is now home!

johthor's picture

Best wishes for a speedy recovery Tyll, but do not rush it. You are missed by your regular readers, but we can wait until you are completely well.

Todd's picture

HI Tyll,

I hope you start feeling better soon and can get out of the hospital. Let me know if there is anything you need and I will deliver it to you. My prayers are with you!


nianox's picture

Hope you feel better soon.

MattTCG's picture

Wishing you a quick recovery Tyll!!

AllanMarcus's picture

I wish Tyll the best and a speedy recovery. Sounds not fun.

What headphones was he listening to when this happened? I want to avoid those :-)

gibtg's picture

All the best to you Tyll! Get well soon!

tony's picture

Thank goodness you made it to the Hospital in time, one friend of mine recently didn't.

You're Gastro Doctor will be a useful asset for you.

Betcha they're gonna put you on Blood Pressure Pills, 2,000 Calories per diem, 10,000 walking steps and a bit of strenuous exercise.

Don't worry, they do that with everyone.

With a tiny bit of luck, you'll get a "Home Health Aide" to assist you in the Activities of Daily Living. "Hey, Maria, order us up a Pepperoni Deeeeeep Dish extra Sauce"! Recovery can be great fun!

When Bob Katz arrives, turn him loose chopping wood for the looooong Winter months. Make him earn his keep. Listen to his new Supa-Amp and give him a few atta-boys for us. You can keep him for as long as you like, ( I think JA will approve ), you'll need all the help you can get. Besides, he needs a bit of De-Spoiling from all that good Florida Winter Sunshine, you're just the man to help him with that. You might have to hobble him at night ( for his own good ), I figure he'll be trying to sneak-off by the time November comes around. Remember Kathy Bates/James Caan in Misery

Anyway, these health things happen to us. You're the lucky one to survive, good for you. Now you got sumptum to brag about: "I'm a surviver, that last one nearly killed me", "I'm one tough SOB", "I can take a HIT keep ticking", "it'll take more than that to Kill ME!"

Yep, you got a bright future, make the best of it.

Bon Vivant

Tony in Michigan

tony's picture

I think this photo is of the State Prison in Bozeman not the Hospital.

Just sayn

tony's picture

I'm sayn cause I did some hard time up there in that place, food is horrible.

They catch you doing a little Bank Job and send you to this place for a couple of very BAD years.

I'd rather do time in Oregon

Tony in Michigan

ednaz's picture

Been there, had that... only a kidney stone can compare. Tyll, best wishes to you for a speedy recovery. And if you have to take mind-blowing pain killers (wouldn't be surprised) I hope someone brings you a great player, a great amp, and your favorite headphones.

Bob Katz's picture

I had my gall bladder fail. Every time it tried to squeeze out some juice it was the worst pain in my life. I'll pit one gall bladder against your kidney stone and Tyll's liver any day! But no one wants any of this. Tyll, get well soon! Feel better and stop making such low frequency sounds, I can hear you in Orlando!

veggieboy2001's picture

...we hope you're up & around soon...but take as much time as you need!!

Smiling Kev's picture

Really sorry to hear that you're down for a while, Tyll, but really glad to hear that you're steadily improving and will be heading home soon. We'll keep you in our thoughts and prayers! Be kind to yourself and don't push yourself too hard when it comes to returning to work. Like my Dad always said, "Nobody's last words were ever 'Gee, I sure wish I had spent more time at work!'" Rest, recuperate and follow your docs' orders - and enjoy having a legitimate excuse for spending some easy time just listening to music for pleasure. You deserve it!

Long time listener's picture

Despite my constant criticisms of everything, your site is invaluable, especially the measurements. Get your health back soon!

romaz's picture

It's good to have a diagnosis and a treatable one! Best wishes on your quick recovery and I hope to see you soon!

Shalow's picture

Health is really important. rest well, eat well and respect these treatments, because we want you back, you're unvaluable to the community and, more important, as a personn.

We'll catch you on the good side ;).

bfwiat's picture

Hi Tyll,
hope for a speedy recovery mate....all the Best :)

KG_Jag's picture

Get well soon young man. Sorry that you've had a rough patch of late on the health front.

XVII's picture

Thank you for all your genius!

Raymund's picture


Get well soon.

Tyll Hertsens's picture
Certainly helps me feel a little better knowing that so many care.

In the words of the famous philosopher A. Schwarzenegger, "I'll be back!"

JRT's picture

Tyll, get well and stay that way.

In the meantime, you may be on a low residue diet for a couple of months. The old school bar-food probably qualifies: pale beer (aka liquid bread), pretzels, saltines, processed yellow pseudocheese, lambs tongue, pickled eggs, head cheese, etc., but no horseraddish, no pepper, nothing spicey, nothing with significant amounts of fiber.

Mad_Economist's picture

Here's hoping that you have a speedy recovery. The audio world wouldn't be the same without you, Tyll.

ManiaC's picture

Get well soon Tyll!!!

MarcoGV's picture

Get well soon, Tyll!

Three Toes of Fury's picture

Yo Tyll...as our de-facto leader of all things Fun Audio, you are officially ordered to get lots of rest, relaxation, and get better STAT so you can get back to that sweet rig you got setup.

Based on your recent posting its good to see that the hospital didnt do anything to mess up your funny bone! (famous philosopher...lol).

Seriously dude...sorry to hear you are going thru some crappy medical stuff but i trust you are on the mend and will get well soon!!

Peace and "GET TO THA CHOPPA!!"


jeckyll's picture

Speedy recovery and looking forward to seeing you back on innerfidelity.

hanshopf's picture

All the best! I am looking forward to the conclusion of your Big Sound project. - But take your time!!

HalSF's picture

Take good care, take it slow, we need you. The insanity quotient in audio reviewing skyrockets when you're on the DL. Get we soon and cheers from New Mexico.

Tyll Hertsens's picture
Woot! New antibiotics seem to have done the trick, I'm outta here tomorrow!

Now I'll be able to get back to writing what will be a VERY important post on Big Sound 2015!

ashutoshp's picture

....can i get your headphones? kidding....

castleofargh's picture

now no more IEM snacking at night.

Journeyman's picture

you'll "love" your diet for some time ... XD
Now serious, I wish you a good recovery Tyll.

ultrabike's picture

Great to hear you are getting better.

SkylarGray's picture

Tyll, get better soon, buddy!

SharpEaredUrsus's picture

Tyll, I hope you feel better. I, too, have dealt with this condition for years now and three weeks ago had the first perforation. People have no idea how painful this is! After years pulling patients out of the backs of ambulances on arrival to ED, I got my first ride TO the ED. Unfortunately, they didn't need to use the sirens. As an audiophile, I wanted to see how it sounded from inside the "truck!" Haha! So, again, best wishes, because I DO know exactly what you're going through. Thanks for all your writing. Looking forward to reading more from you when you are back on your feet. And I hope you are getting some quality heaphone listening time in. I know listening to good music through my good phones is awesome therapy.

longbowbbs's picture

Take your time and get back to full power! Big thumbs up you are feeling better!


Doug_Dame's picture

.. but DO NOT overdo things, with Big Sound 2015 or anything else, Pretty sure even Bob Katz can't put together another Tyll from spare parts he might have squirreled away years ago, so please take care of the One and The Only.

HeadphoneAddict's picture

Get Well Soon Tyll, and don't over do things when you get out - you run yourself down and the meds can stop working as well as they should. I'll see you at RMAF, I have my room booked and tickets paid for already! But I'm looking to get a 2 wheel scooter to use instead of my wheelchair. We'll see,

anetode's picture

Good luck with your recovery!

andymblock's picture

If so, what did you have your family or friends bring you?

I am so sorry you got that rogue diverticulum. You are a great guy and my life is better for having discovered you. I swear that if I ever see that diverticulum in a smoky bar, it's going down!

TheEarsOfAnEagle's picture

Sorry to hear about your illness but glad to hear you're getting better and will be out of the hospital soon. Don't rush back to the grindstone too soon, we enjoy the fruits of your labor but we can wait...a little.

wink's picture

Glad to hear you're on the mend.

btw, I have it on good authority this episode has absolutely nothing to do with not allowing entries from outside CONUS, especially Oz.

Expecting you to wear a grin that's brighter than your shirts before too long.

iAmback's picture

Many does this fella snarf down dem snakz.
Audio folks tend to ignore their health ... just look at all the beer guts walkin' 'round at the Shows -- CES, RMAF... guts on legs ... everywhere.

GioF71's picture

I hope Tyll will fully recover very soon!


alexnishi's picture

Best wishes to you Tyll! Get better soon :)

And thank you for the dedication and collaboration for the community.

rraudio's picture

Hi Tyll:

I very glad you are feeling better. Take care of yourself! Thanks for all you do for the headphone world.
Best wishes,

bobusn's picture

Prayers for a speedy & complete recovery, Sir. We miss you—you're a blessing to our family!

iAmback's picture

If you don't watch your eating/drinkin' habitz, you'll pay for it.
And this don't require no IEC dummy head or Audio Precision instrument to measure -- just step on an old analog scale, or look at the label on your underwear (XXL).

Bald1's picture

Do whatever it takes to get back on the straight and narrow. And leave those nurses alone! LOL

Mr AC's picture

Tyll, Hope you're feeling 100% soon! Best wishes to you!

Lawk's picture

I wish Tyll a swift and full recovery at home!!

Beagle's picture

Get well soon Mr. Hertsens...

LAmitchell's picture

Glad you're feeling better man!

eggil's picture

Hope you get well soon!

bronson's picture

Hope you're on the mend Tyll!