Pictures of Ongaku and Autographs


The magic combination. Goldbug Briar cartridge on Victor deck, Shindo Massetto preamp and the Mondo Ongaku copy. Tannoy 15″ Reds in Shindo made Autograph cabinets. For CD and SACD the high end Marantz.
For your delectation a pair of Lowthers in Alfredo cabinets.


Autograph, some impressions




Listening on Sunday reinforced my impressions of the Shindo boxes (also with Reds): Excellent transparency with superb dynamic range. The amp uses KT66 valves, whether or not this is the reason, this pair of Autographs had a much brighter and clearer top end than I’ve come to expect of Tannoy Reds.

Tannoy Canterbury HE

We listened to a pair of Canterbury HE speakers last night, powered by Audio Note with SE6l6s, then with Audio Research solid state, then Electrocompaniet 100w. An earlier session used Cary 300B monoblocks.

The question is: Are there any other Tannoy Canterbury HEs in or near Melbourne?  Please let me know, we would love to make some comparisons. Pictures and comments after I’ve had another listening session.

Tannoy Monitor Gold 15″

At last, a pair of  15 inch Tannoy Monitor Golds, this time in reproduction GRF cabinets. Not as big as Autographs but still quite large.

We ran these beautiful speakers with the Thorens  amp, with the Mark Levinson 331, and using Naim and Sony CD players. Preamp was the upgraded Ming Da for the ML331. Because they are GRF boxes they have to be in the corner for the full horn effect, imaging is excellent but the best listening position is closer to the boxes than intuitive reasoning suggests. Nice full range, very efficient, fast transients, and handles even less than ideal recordings with aplomb. (What is a plomb?)

For a contrast we used the same equipment to drive a pair of JBL 4331 monitors. Both sounded good using the Mark Levinson: It really is a matter of taste, and this is a rare opportunity to hear both side by side. be quick, the Tannoys have created a lot of interest.

Tannoy Westminster Royal SE

David (who built his own Westminster cabinets) sent me this link:

Having had the good fortune of hearing a couple of pairs of Westminsters, and an excellent Autograph reproduction (using Tannoy Red)s, I found Jeff Day’s description of his big Westminsters  as particularly pleasing.

The last pair of Westminsters was sold to a Tannoy lover who lives fairly close to John’s shop. He and 4 of his friends actually loaded the Tannoys on the roofs of two cars using blankets and straps to protect them and then drove off; sadly no one took a photo!