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Tannoy Owners

Discussion in 'audio' started by bonzo75, Jan 28, 2019.

  1. cooky1257

    cooky1257 pfm Member

  2. montesquieu

    montesquieu pfm Member

    Good thread this. I'm happy to contribute some gratuitous Tannoy pics ... first off my old GRFs, before I had the cabs braced and damped - they used to sing along quite a bit but always fun. The 7 foot harpsichord (it was a long room and that was the only place to put it) in the background was amusing especially when it was in the 'wrong' place for the music - no alternative but to shut your eyes. That Unison S8 was the most woeful amp I ever tried with Tannoys. Utterly hopeless. Garrard 401/Schick was good though. Audiosmile supertweeters.

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    Cabs after refurb - sounded better, not sure about the looks - with some new production Lockwood Majors. I had two sets of 15in drivers (Gold and HPD) at that time and could swap between cabs getting a sense of what worked best. The 15in Gold to my mind was clearly better than the 15in HPD, at least in these cabs. Didn't like the modern Lockwoods much - too boomy and uncontrolled - and they went back to the manufacturer. The underneath pic is the vent, which goes on the bottom of the aperiodic resistive chamber that the Lockwoods use. Nice lookers though.

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    Refurbed GRFs looked much better with the grilles on. Voyd TT at that point, SJS Arcadia Model 2 pre (both very nice), AN Io2 with a Kondo S6C SUT, there are two power amps I was experimenting with by-amping - 300b Audion monoblocks on the bass drivers, 2A3 SET on the horn tweeters. Tried both passive and active by-amping (though the crossovers were solid state rather than tube). Preferred going with just a single amp into crossover - just more musical and coherent, though there was more detail with the electronic crossovers. I also ran them with four Audion 300b monoblocks to see if that worked better and the amp mismatch was the issue. It didn't really help.

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    Vintage Lockwood Universal prior to being cleaned up and brought into use. Didn't keep these long, preferred my GRFs. Underneath the grey paint was orange Formica!

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    Tannoy Autographs, using the same 15in Golds I had in the GRFs. Far too big for the room they ended up in. TD124 in the ugly white plinth, Tram2 DHT preamp.

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    Cheviots - these are where I sourced the HPD315a drivers for my current speakers. The cabinets are a real bottleneck on these. (I also had some Chatsworths with 12in Golds, and some Lancasters with 15in Golds, but couldn't find pics of either).

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    Eatons - 10in HPD. I liked these, very musical indeed and the smaller cabinet seems to work well with the 10in driver.

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    My current Tannoy RFC Canterburys with HPD 315a and the top RFC crossover - it took me a while but these -at last - better my much-loved 15in Golds in GRF cabs - much lower, better articulated bass, the crossover point is more sensible (I always feel crossing 15in drivers at 2khz is a bit of a stretch) and the cabinets don't have the GRF's mid-horn peculiarities (fun as they are). Having said that the GRFs are still a superb speaker.

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  3. ToTo Man

    ToTo Man the band not the dog

    Awesome catalogue of your Tannoy journey, Tom! Did you own the GRFs and RFC Canterburys at the same time to compare them?
     
  4. montesquieu

    montesquieu pfm Member

    No I sold the GRF cabs and used the 15in Gold drivers in some Autographs I had made. But then I moved house and the Autographs were just too massive for the room I ended up in. (The plan had been to block off a door and have them in corners, but when we moved in my wife changed her mind, so the room was completely wrong for them).

    So I sold those and did a ton of research into all sorts of possibilities including looking at a wide range of production models (later Canterburys, Memory GRFs, Yorks, Kensingtons among others) and ended up commissioning Paul Coupe of RFC to create me a vintage looking speaker based on the 1959 Canterbury look, but with modern bracing, damping, vent calculations etc. Paul was fantastic in discussing the various options in terms of driver, tuning point and so on (while steering me away from bad choices) and meticulous in his approach to the design. I really couldn't be happier in the end.
     
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  5. Tigerjones

    Tigerjones Bagpuss

    Wish my wife would let me have a pair of these. Nice room, John.
     
  6. MichaelC

    MichaelC pfm Member

    Is there a good resource out there which can give me an overview of the big Tannoys covering all the eras?
     
  7. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod

  8. MichaelC

    MichaelC pfm Member

    Thanks Joe. I shall take a look.
     
  9. Marco

    Marco AoS Representative

    Those look superb, Keith, and in a beautiful room, too! Nice one:)

    Marco.
     
  10. Marco

    Marco AoS Representative

    Here are my Tannoy Lockwood Majors, fitted with 15" Monitor Golds (with modified crossovers):

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    Must save up for some longer speaker cables!:oops:

    Modified crossovers:

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    Some music sharing the same space:

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    Same speakers with some of my other gear (and that of other AoS members) being demonstrated at one of the Scalford Hall shows:

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    My Tube Distinctions Copper amp (since fitted with KT150s), which drives the Tannoys:

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    It all makes a rather nice noise, to my ears:cool:

    Marco.
     
  11. cheviot

    cheviot pfm Member

    Cheviots with retrofitted monitor Golds and crossover and post upgrades. Keen eyes will spot a Musical Fidelity A1-X - a suave combo.
    [​IMG]Untitled by bmoon1635, on Flickr
     
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  12. Tarzan

    Tarzan pfm Member

    Wish l never asked.:D
     
  13. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod

    montesquieu,

    Impressive. Most impressive.

    Joe
     
  14. antinchip

    antinchip pfm Member

    2012 Turnberry SEs for me with the 10" cones. Purchased about 3 years back to replace a pair of Castle Howard S2s. I was originally looking for suitable "big" vintage Tannoys but most were just too big for the available space in the room. I have recently moved to a house with more space in the room, so have started wondering.........
     
  15. cheviot

    cheviot pfm Member

  16. Hipster

    Hipster New Member

    Now THAT's how I want my Cheviots to look like. Could you tell us what stands they are?
     
  17. KeithL

    KeithL pfm Member

    They were bespoke from a metal worker in the next industrial unit. They cost me about 100 quid 10 years ago.
    The HPD315 drivers were reconed by Lockwood with receipt before purchase. The Cheviots cost me 700.
    I was too busy then to refurbish the woodwork so I paid out another 400 to a local cabinet maker.
     
  18. Hipster

    Hipster New Member

    Lovely job! Thanks.
     
  19. John

    John TDS free

    Here’s a couple good articles discussing the evolution of technology and techniques used to develop the drivers, enclosure and crossover.

    http://www.allegrosound.com/Tannoy_Dual-Concentric.pdf
    https://www.hilberink.nl/codehans/tannoy74.him

    Much of that same technology can be found in the new Tannoy Arden.

    https://www.tannoy.com/Categories/Tannoy/LEGACY/ARDEN/p/P0DEN#googtrans(en|en)
     
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  20. jamesd

    jamesd pfm Member

    There's a pair of Tannoy Cheviot HPD 315A from 1976 available near me for around $1000 USD. They've been professionally refoamed.

    I've never heard tannoys but am interested. Wondering what the collective PFM mind thinks...are these worth pursuing at that price?
     

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