Sometime before I hunker down for winter I’ll get round to rigging up the behemoth of hi-fi’s, a mighty Quad II system which I picked up last year. Whilst most design books hail Dieter Rams as the godfather of contemporary industrial design, back in the 1950’s a certain Mr. Peter Walker of Huntington, England was creating audio masterpieces that predate Rams’s work at Braun.
Don’t get me wrong, I covet just about any vintage Braun calculator, turntable or blender but Quad products were light years ahead of the field and for many hi-fi buffs the Quad II delivers amongst the warmest, most natural sounds ever.
Powering up the amp takes about an hour as the valves reach optimum temperature- by which time they glow red hot. Whilst you may want to stroke the machine, touching the valves will melt your fingers. Sometimes the valves explode but evidently you just live with it.
I plan on listening to Add N to (X) when I finally fire it up for the first time. Lights off, with only the military grade valves for illumination.
My friend told me about your blog, it is amazing. You've got a serious eye for 'golden age' stuff.
You are too kind. I’ve just started tumbling so just begining to build up momentum. I’ve heard the term golden age used by a few people recently. I’ve worked in vintage for some time now but never heard the expression before.
In amongst the collection of vintage motorcycles recently auctioned by Bonhams in London were these three monsters from the heyday of British motorcycle manufacturing. Names like BSA, Triumph and Acme were more than a match for the Harley’s and Indian’s of their day. The Brough Superior was my personal favourite as it was of Lawrence of Arabia who had several of them and was killed whilst on the back of one. It’s the stuff of legend..