Tannoy Autographs by Shindo

A few of us had the opportunity to really listen to a pair of Shindo Autographs with Tannoy Reds yesterday. It really is as good as they say! The boxes are huge but perfectly made and finished (A full 12 months elapsed between ordering and paying and the delivery of the cabinets). Driven by  custom 300B push-pull monoblocs, and a Jadis preamp, and the source was a Victor turntable with two arms, we listened to a ZYX and a Shelter cartridge. More bass than I’ve ever heard from horn loaded Tannoys, and the inimitable midrange for which both Tannoy and 300B amps are renowned. (The amps used original Western Electric 300Bs)

The most memorable sound was from well recorded cello and string bass concertos, and some great jazz. We even listened to Hugh Masekela and Bert Kaemphert’s Swinging Safari! It sounded more lifelike than I’ve heard before, and more revealing and detailed. The highest frequencies where supplemented with a JBL biradial driver, possible a little too much. Three of us were already Tannoy owners, now thinking about the possibility of replicating the Autograph corner horns!

Thank you T and D for the most impressive afternoon, so much good sound.

Pictures will be added as soon as I can get copies from Peter.

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Next Melbourne audio club meeting (Wed 20) will have the speakers Wally has been going on about for some time. These have a 15 inch driver in a big reflex box crossing over to an Altronics ribbon tweeter. The bass drivers is very impressive, Atilla has has rebuilt them and they work well with the tweeter. Very dynamic, and efficient. Wally demonstrates them with a 300B SE triode amp and they go pretty loud. We’ll see how they handle the infamous Willis room.

I see there is a pair on demo at John’s hifi exchange.