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JBL's? Tannoy Dual Concentrics FTW - and they're British...

 

I've got 2 pairs, both over 30 years old I guess. Driven by an old Quad system of the same vintage until recently (retired in favour of a surround amp from MF Classifieds).

 

It is good to see Quad still producing top end stuff too. They have recently released a valve integrated amp (Quad II integrated) using Tung-Sol valves. I am yet to hear one but it must sound beautiful. Mind you for £4500........

 

I was never a massive fan on Tannoy dual concentrics (except for the Westminsters - if the room was big enough!). But requiring a big room was always the problem. I had a set of Little Red Monitors in the mid '80s but sold them. I still have my late '70s JBL L-100As though, and they still sound fantastic today. If magazines and advertising were to be believed the old Tannoys and JBLs should sound like very bad transistor radios. Quite the opposite is true, they sound fantastic. I think that is because they were designed by human beings not computers.

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You'd be far better off looking for one the UK next time you are there. Depending on what prices you are looking to pay, this will likely even make a specific trip economic.

You'll generally get your pants pulled down big style here IME.

Though the odd good 2nd hand system does get advertised here (e.g. Manx.net) when someone does a major upgrade. But rarely.

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20 minutes ago, Terminal said:

Only fossils buy and sell on Manx.net these days. 

Fossils have a lot of good hi-fi equipment :) Especially analogue stuff.

ETA: Plus all the best music...since you young whippersnappers bolloxed music up after 1989, and usually only need to hear 3 notes these days.

 

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41 minutes ago, La Colombe said:

Yeah you wish. 

You've been away...heard you'd turned up at the terminal.

Hey...we can only hope.

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On 2/21/2010 at 2:44 PM, flaps said:

Is there a hi-fi dealer on the Island? I fancy upgrading some stuff, but it seems like the main shops only do i-pod docks and the like.

Used to be some one in glen vine who used to do them, ( not the tele place on the main road though )

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Manx Audio opposite Rick Wakeman's old place. Bought all my Hi-fi there and still use most of it forty years later. Much of it is English stuff from the days when we used to make the best audio equipment in the world. Mike Myers and his wife used to run Manx Audio but they have long since passed away. I got to know them a little bit and they were lovely people. He was an ex fighter pilot in the RAF. They were quite friendly with the Wakeman's before Nina went awol. I miss the many times I spent out there. 

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30 minutes ago, Shake me up Judy said:

Manx Audio opposite Rick Wakeman's old place. Bought all my Hi-fi there and still use most of it forty years later. Much of it is English stuff from the days when we used to make the best audio equipment in the world. Mike Myers and his wife used to run Manx Audio but they have long since passed away. I got to know them a little bit and they were lovely people. He was an ex fighter pilot in the RAF. They were quite friendly with the Wakeman's before Nina went awol. I miss the many times I spent out there. 

Does Rick Wakeman still live there ?

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So inevitably my lovely old Quad system started to get a bit crackly - an engineer pal diagnosed a dodgy balance fader on the pre-amp, but said it was an oddball value which he couldn't source. So I emailed various Quad specialists around the world, to no avail. Emailed Quad HQ last month and got this response:

Dear Sir

 Thank you for your E-mail

 Sorry no longer available.  Lubricate with WD40.

 Regards,

 Rob Flain

 

...and they say customer service is dead!

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5 hours ago, Stu Peters said:

So inevitably my lovely old Quad system started to get a bit crackly - an engineer pal diagnosed a dodgy balance fader on the pre-amp, but said it was an oddball value which he couldn't source. So I emailed various Quad specialists around the world, to no avail. Emailed Quad HQ last month and got this response:

Dear Sir

 Thank you for your E-mail

 Sorry no longer available.  Lubricate with WD40.

 Regards,

 Rob Flain

 

...and they say customer service is dead!

 

Was that on a Quad 33? Might be worth trying http://www.quadrevisie.eu/quadrevisie.html

I nearly left school at 16 to work for Quad, Peter Walker took me around the factory then, some of their production techniques and philosophies were "interesting" - but they worked. Always had a soft spot for older Quad gear. My own aged system is largely Arcam Delta and Tannoy, still sounds great but I have to get the soldering iron out occasionally because it's over 30.

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+1 Steve

I have an old 33/405 still going which I bought new in 1982. The only component to fail in all that time was the bridge rectifier in the 405. Remarkably I had a spare one for a Velocette LE which looked the same so it was substituted about 15 years ago and it's still working. I imagine all the old electrolytic capacitors are approaching the end of their working life though as are the potentiometers 

I wish I still had my electrostatics but Head of Domestic Control didn't appreciate their unique aesthetics.

Quad still make innovative stuff but they are not the company they used to be (what is?) My dad had a Quad 22/ 2xII in the 60s and I used to get sent to Huntingdon regularly on the train with bits to repair. I shudder to think that these eventually got thrown away considering how much they now attain on ebay. Someone said you can even buy KT66 valves again but not the GEC ones I imagine.

Back in the 60s and early 70s, they used to let you into the workshop whilst they did the repairs which would not happen these days in case you got burned with a soldering iron and sued.

Finally, I have a Quad FM2 that is surplus. It matches the 33 but has valves. They rarely appear on ebay but does anyone know if they are worth more or less than the common FM3?

 

Edit, now I've read the article, I can see the KT66s might be GEC ones after all.... Yep, an excellent link, thanks.

 

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