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Gale GS401s

Discussion in 'Interesting eBay auctions' started by TheDecameron, Jan 6, 2019.

  1. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

  2. mjw

    mjw pfm Member

    “collection only” and “PayPal please” seems a dangerous combination.
  3. James46

    James46 The Crystal Method

    Wong finish and a lot of work needed on them. My advice is avoid.
  4. peterm

    peterm pfm Member

    I believe some sellers prefer to be paid by PayPal prior to collection of the item they've sold since it avoids buyers turning up and then saying the item's not as described and trying to negotiate a lower price.
  5. peterm

    peterm pfm Member

    What's wrong with the finish?
    The 401Cs that I had 40 years ago looked like that, American Walnut I believe.
    The famous ones of course were the 401As in black and chrome, must look a bit out of fashion these days!
    Mine always sounded over damped and a bit lifeless (on the end a NAP160).
    The price does look a bit steep for what has to be a bit of a gamble so I agree best avoided, even if it does include the (rare) stands.

    There's another pair here
    claimed to be teak finish (UK made) rather than the walnut USA made pair.
    No stands and no grilles and needing the same refoaming on the (4) woofers but sold as spares or repair at £50 starting price so maybe a bit more worth a punt for someone brave!
  6. James46

    James46 The Crystal Method

    If you have to have these, the chrome finish is mandatory
  7. peterm

    peterm pfm Member

    I have to agree!

    The only reason I would want a pair of 401s would be to match my contemporary smoked glass and chrome furniture!
  8. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    Perhaps I’m in a minority, but I never liked the chrome finish.
    Looked somehow ‘flashy’ to me.
  9. peterm

    peterm pfm Member

    Did you miss the irony?
  10. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    No, I didn’t.
  11. peterm

    peterm pfm Member

    I didn't think you would!

    The 401a was of its time and, like most fashions, it dated rather quickly.

    I still remember hearing a pair in Southampton in the 70s which sounded (and looked) stunning at the time.

    It's interesting that of the 2 pairs on eBay one of them was made in USA and was in the ubiquitous American walnut finish whilst the other UK made pair were in teak.

    I found it strange then, and still do today, how Americans seemed to favour (favor?) the dull as ditchwater walnut finish whilst we in the UK preferred the lighter teak finish.

    Was it something to do with Norwegian Wood?

    Not that that's teak of course!!
  12. awkwardbydesign

    awkwardbydesign Officially Awesome

    Probably six, as the mids will be rotted too!
  13. lawrence001

    lawrence001 pfm Member

    I did, must be quite subtle, or I'm just a bit stupid.

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