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: 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: 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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SERIOUSLY: Speaker size should match the room

Paul McGowan writes …. This fact or fiction question is an interesting one because the notion of matching speaker size to room dimensions is so ingrained into our culture as to be taken for fact. But, some facts aren’t true no matter how much we want them to be. Here’s the deal. Any size loudspeaker […]

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SPIKES vs. FOAM: Can foam padding isolate better than spikes?

“This may be quite crazy but I’ve set my Dynaudio C3 speaker stands down on a 1.5” thick sheet of soft foam padding instead of using spikes. Now the floor has almost no vibration. The sound is cleaner and more natural. I did the same with my subwoofer with the same results! Now I’m considering […]

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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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SPEAKERS: Thoughts about auditioning them

If you go to a big box store, or even a medium-sized store, you’re likely to encounter a switch box approach to speaker selling. Multiple pairs of speakers are lined up as if in a forest and the salesperson can play any of the many speaker models at the push of a button. This same […]

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SPEAKERS: Can they / do they wear out?

I reckon that based on the serial numbers of my Briks they are late 70’s/early 80’s. Looking at the B139’s the rubber diaphram is a pale grey colour rather than black and it feels fairly firm to the touch – almost ‘dry’ if that makes sense? Now, I’m wondering if speakers degrade with age and […]

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GALE: GS401A – appropriate amplification?

Poking around in the loft a while back I came across along forgotten pair of Gale GS401As in very sad condition and, if memory serves, they’d been there for 22 years! Unfortunately they were a little too near a small long term leak that developed in the roof (fixed long ago) which did little to improve […]

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BRITISH LOUDSPEAKERS: From the tube-era?

I couldn’t find one, so I thought I would put one up myself. Just a simple place for British speaker porn from the days when hot glass bottles ruled the hi-fi industry. I’ll start. Here are some old Goodmans Audioms in console enclosures. From the ’50’s, I believe. Dip in and out HERE

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