SHEARNE AUDIO: What happened?

Hello Neil. Can you shed any light on this 'mystery' please?

Below is what I have found BUT .... I cannot vouch for the authenticity, or otherwise and, so, purely FYI.

"Founded in 1990 by John Shearne and based in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England. Put it's first product on the market in 1991 in the form of the Phase 1 pre/power amplifier combo, this is a transistor amplifier that uses a "valve amp like topology" or so the manufacturer claimed, it was also noted in it's day for it's unusual marble like livery. Added further amplifier models to the range in the latter half of the 90's, all based around the same ideas (and looks) as the P1 and introduced a couple of high end CD players as well, the circuits of most of their products were upgraded in or around 2000.

All contact with them lost early 2003, it was noted however that for the last few months the company listed a separate address for repairs and upgrades (Upgrade were available for all their products), that address is listed here below in the off chance that it's still useful.

You can still find information on their last line-up from their former USA distributor along with original USA RRP and that company may in fact still have some models in stock and so have a couple of UK dealers.

Shearne Audio, Technology House, 214 Station Road, Addlestone, Surrey, KT15-2PH"