ICONS OF THE AUDIO WORLD


TANNOY – AND GUY FOUNTAIN

  Guy Fountain, founder of Tannoy.

Tannoys Dual Concentric drivers, first developed by the company over 50 years ago, are now used throughout the international recording industry. Where-ever it matters, artists and studio engineers trust Tannoy to deliver a sound which gets as closed to the performance as possible. This dedication to sound integrity has gained its range of loudspeakers and studio monitors a reputation for being the finest that money can buy.

  and this is todays product…


THE TRAVELING WILBURYS – AN UNDER-STATED SUPERGROUP

5 Huge names in rock got together in the 90s and formed the Traveling Wilburys and tried keep their identities private by adopting Wilbury surnames.

But now we know they were, Roy Orbison, George Harrison (The Beatles), Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra), Tom Petty (& The HeartBreakers), & Bob Dylan.

Here’s a rare pic of them with their guitars:

Their self titled album is a gem, highly recommended, especially on vinyl, although an analogue sourced vinyl LP is very hard to find.


The Technics SL-1200 MK2,

MK3 MK4 MK5 MK5G M5G MK6 LTD & GLD are a series of turntables manufactured since October 1972 by Matsushita under the brand name of TechnicsS means “Stereo”, L means “Player”. Originally released as a high fidelity consumer record player, it quickly became adopted among radio and club disc jockeys, thanks to the direct drive high torque motor design, making it, initially, suitable for pushbutton queuing and starting of tracks on radio. Latterly, when the use of slip-mats for cueing and beat-mixing (and scratching) became popular, the quartz-controlled high torque motor system came into its own. The deck design was primarily to create the best audio production for listening, but the aim to get very solid control over wow and flutter, in addition to maximum prevention of resonance from the sound produced, meant it became the primary turntable for installation into nightclubs and other venues where the sound level precluded the use of other turntables with similar capabilities. Since its release in 1978, SL-1200MK2 and its successors have been the most common turntable for DJing and Scratching aka—Turntablism. Producers, DJ’s & Rap MC’s from around the world frequently refer to the legendary Technics turntable as the “Tec 12’s” “Wheels of Steel” and the “Ones & Twos”. The Technics turntable brand can be found as a key instrument in some of the most exclusive recording studios & live performance sets within the music scene. Since 1972, more than 3 million units have been sold. It is widely regarded as one of the most durable and reliable turntables ever produced. Many of the models manufactured in the 1970s are still in heavy use. In the autumn of 2010, Panasonic announced that the series was to be discontinued due to marketplace conditions.[3] [4]


Linn, an unusual company started by an unusual individual for unusual reasons……..

Back in the early 70’s, the conventional industry wisdom was that sound quality was determined by good or bad speakers.

The experts believed the hi-fi chain started with the speakers and worked down to the source of the music – at that time – the turntable.

This understanding dominated the way the industry designed new systems.

But Ivor, Linn’s founder, believed the exact opposite to be true.

The source of the music was the most important element.

As odd as it seemed at the time – his reasoning was pretty straightforward.

Common sense really.

To pick up the music on a turntable, the needle follows the record grooves for information stored in the groove walls. Movements so minute, they are measured in microns.

It’s when you scale the ‘groove world’ up to inches that things start to get pretty hair raising.

Suddenly you are in a deep crevice. The walls are undulated. Approaching at an alarming speed is a bobsled. As it hurtles through the passage it has to pick up tiny pieces of information – the bobsled is, or course, the needle.

To pick up a deep organ note it has to swerve 10 feet 6 inches.

For a high violin note it’s less than an inch. A difference which may not seem staggering in itself. Until you stop to consider that the needle is travelling 6 miles per second. And that the pivot point of the lever controlling it is 4 miles away.

In these terms you can see how easy it is to miss out on critical information.

These same principles apply today. No speakers in the world can bring back lost music. It must be dealt with at its source, for example, the CD player, DVD player or tuner.

A painfully obvious idea. Yet at that time the entire industry ridiculed it. Because it pointed out they were wrong.

So Ivor ignored them. And quietly set about building a turntable.

In 1972 Linn Products was born.