EJ JORDAN DESIGNS: Ted Jordan interview

TNT-Audio: Could you briefly summarise your amazing career of brilliant audio, off-the-schemes designer?

The earliest photograph of Edward James Jordan, (Ted, to everybody) was taken Circa 1933 and shows him sitting on his Father's knee wearing headphones and adjusting a "crystal set", (one of the earliest types of receiver).

With his mother coming from a musical family and his father a skilled amateur radio builder Ted could have been 'genetically engineered' for his vocation.

Six years before Ted's birth Rice and Kellogg had invented the moving coil loudspeaker. When he was two, Sir Edward Elgar made the historic electrical recording of his violin concerto with sixteen year old Yehudi Menuin at the EMI Abby Road studios.

During early childhood, his most treasured possessions were a wind-up gramophone and his record collection. Later, his love of music led to a brief encounter with the piano but he was quite unable to master Beethoven's Emperor Concerto even after three lessons so he learned to solder and built himself a record player.

Living in London, Ted had access to the major concert halls where his experience of live music planted the seed of dissatisfaction with recorded music that remained the driving force in his work for the rest of his life.

Brushing aside his college studies in building technology and architecture, Ted started his career as an assistant in the radio laboratories of the GEC. His first hi-fi experience was hearing Gilbert and Sullivan's Overture to "The Mikado" played through the new GEC 8" metal coned loudspeakers developed by Hugh Britten.

For the first time, he was experiencing an astonishingly close approach to live concert sound. Although somewhat "coloured" the quality convinced Ted of the full sonic potential of the cone drivers had not been fully developed.

With this in mind, Ted joined Goodmans. Industries of Wembley, where The very progressive management gave Ted the opportunity to ………