74 BRITISH AUDIO CLASSICS / PRIVATE SALES NOT ON EBAY updated 03/02/21

MEMBERS PAY NOTHING TO ADVERTISE HERE. TODAY WE INCLUDE: Arcam + Ariston + ATC + Audiolab + Cambridge + EWA + Goldring + Linn + Meridian + NAIM + QED + QUAD + Radford + REGA + ROXSAN + SECA + Spendor + Trilogy —//— ARCAM ALPHA … https://pinkfishmedia.net/forum/threads/arcam-alpha-8r-8p.249316/ ARCAM BLACK BOX … https://theartofsound.net/forum/showthread.php?71180-Arcam-Black-Box-50-dac-100-refurbished-and-upgraded ARISTON […]

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GALE: GS401 Re-foam Project?

I am now the very pleased owner of a pair of classic Gale GS401 speakers in wood finish. I bought them on eBay as ‘for parts or not working’ for the princely sum of £38.69. I intend to fully refurbish them by re-foaming the four woofers, checking/testing the other drivers (the tweeters have the correct […]

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GALE: GS402 loudspeaker test review

Stereophile write …… The Gale loudspeaker dates back to the early 1970s. As I understand it, the basic design resulted from a collaboration of Ira Gale (footnote 1) and Sao Win, who were college classmates at the time. Their speaker proved very popular in England and was subsequently imported to the USA during the mid-1970s […]

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SPEAKERS: They should disappear, which seems impossible. The drivers are pointing straight at us!

Paul McGowan writes ….. Much to my surprise this fact, along with another—the soundstage should come from behind the loudspeaker—continually baffles people. I am at the Japan Audio show today and watched as two setup guys had the right combination of disappearing source and rear presentation, only to change placement to pinpoint the source and […]

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GALE 401/402 speakers: How far could (and should?) they be tweaked beyond the original spec?

Howard Popeck asks: I note Dave that you only return a customer’s loudspeakers to original specification. However you strike us as an innovative man with a strong sense of curiosity. So our first question is primarily theoretical. How might a pair of 401 or 402 speakers be taken (in theory) to a higher level? For […]

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LECSON: Gale chrome beauties, vintage Quad and … Mr Lothar Kissinger

Howard Popeck writes ….. I’ve ‘known’ Lothar for some years despite never having met him nor sold him anything. That’s because in part we share a common audiophile history. He owns and uses some truly terrific state-of-the-art vintage equipment including, as you’ll see from the images, Lecson and Gale. My connection is that through serendipity […]

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GALE: 401 & 402 speakers – Far Eastern imitations?

Howard Popeck asks: Am I correct that cheap ‘n cheerful imitations emanating from China or elsewhere are in circulation or is this just a rumour? Dave Smith replies: No there is not an ‘imitation’ so far to my knowledge. The GB-101 chrome stands are re-manufactured by me purely due to the demand I had to […]

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GALE: The new vintage Gale site

Dedicated to the repair and refurbishment of vintage Gale GS-401/A/B/C audio speakers. More than 25 years experience Large amount of original parts and components Bass and Midrange re-foam service Chrome or Black end caps Replacement of any faulty driver Loan pair of speakers available Details HERE  

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GALE: 401s – failed project resurrected…

 Way, way back in 1977 I scrimped and saved until I had the necessary £400 to buy a pair of these. They served me well for about 15 years until a pair of ES14s replaced them. It was either that or buy (at least) a NAP250 to replace my trusty but somewhat overworked NAP110. I […]

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GALE: Dave Smith – UK-based restorer of vintage Gale speakers aka VintageGale.com

Dave has kindly agree to be interviewed by Howard Popeck for us. Meanwhile he tells us: I first purchased a pair of these speakers in 1977 and have retained my interest and enthusiasm for them to this day, having offered this service for the last 25years. Rebuilds have been carried out for a variety of […]

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GALE: Ask our editor Neil McCauley: Who really designed the original Gale loudspeakers?

Hi Neil. Who really designed the original Gale loudspeakers? It was in fact Mr. Ira Gale. From all accounts Ira Dennis Gale was a genius, able to “talk his way in and out of anything”. He also tended to “stir the pot”, and may have enjoyed doing so occassionally. Born on December 4th, 1942, Ira […]

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AUDIO NATIONALISM: Are the English really the natural leaders when it comes to sound quality?

Michael Vronsky asks editor Neil McCauley: Neil –  is it jingoistic to believe that the English really are the natural leaders when it comes to sound quality? That would be a tough one because as an editor I can think of countries all over the world who give anyone a run for their money. I […]

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