Paul’s Ottala, Electrocmpaniet and Quads.

Paul bought a original 25 Watt class A amplifier designed by Matti Ottala the predecessor of the Electro companiet line of amplifiers. He already had an Electrocompaniet AW 100, and he and all who heard the two amps preferred the 25Watter.
Paul spent many hours when the Ottala first arrived replacing the caps and active devices impatiently waiting for scarce components to arrive from Littlediode. Finally all working to perfection he planned a club home meeting. Shortly before the big night the amp let out some of the smoke stored in the transistors, an urgent rebuild began. Several nights until 2am followed and once again all was working perfectly.
On the big night before the guests began arriving Paul set up the system, but also connected up the ordinary AW100 as a standby. The listeners were entranced! The music flowed and the Quad ESL63s sang. Every one was happy. Mark H even commented on how loud the 25 Watts sounded through the electostatics. Class A was obviously the way to go.
Later, after everyone had gone home and Paul was clearing up he switched off the standby 100 Water and everything went silent! They had been listening to the wrong amp all night! Oh well, so much for our critical ability.

Dared 845, Melbourne Audio Club and other thoughts

MAC annual general meeting last night went well, promising to be a good gear ahead. Two positions of interest: currently no programme convener, and an excellent editor for the magazine in Peter A. Any authors with audio articles can send them to the editor via this blog.
Amongst the articles for sale where several of Mark’s valve based preamps and other devices, an Aksa and a Life force (built by Hugh Dean), lots of CDs and records and a mint Dared 845 at a good price from David B.
Unusual use of Lowther drivers in omni or 360° boxes.
November meeting will again be the Osborne’s and Rockian Trading. And December is the DIY night, plenty of time to finish those projects.
I have no computer access to the internet at the moment, all updates via telephone! Anyone wanting to add to this blog please leave a comment and I will reply.
PS every time I type “Lowther” the spell check changes it to “Loathed”. Is it trying to tell us something?

Ken Shindo and Art Dudley, and Next MAC meeting

A really erudite article about craftsmanship and value, and an appreciation of Ken Shindo and his work in the current Stereophile. (Available online. Stereophile’s website, and Art Dudley’s Listening #138). Shindo’s pre and power amplifiers are prime examples of how equipment should sound and look, and are constructed in the manner of heirlooms.

Pleasefeel free to add to the list ofof hi fi gear that should be regarded in this category:

Shindo of course,  and Yamamoto. From Australia the products of Earle Wes

add as many as you can think of including controversial small businesses like Note Perfect, Black Arts Audio etc.

By the way,the next Melbourne Audio Club meeting on Wednesday 18 is the BRING AND BUY night as well as the AGM. There are always great buys, including vinyl and CDs.