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Tannoy Monitor Golds

Discussion in 'classic' started by Tony L, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Ok, so there I am minding my own business browsing the fresh listings on eBay as usual, then BANG! I’ve bought a radiogram for 130 of my finest UK pounds. That was five days ago, I’ve spent the time since then thinking ‘no, they can’t be can they… I mean it’s worth the asking price just for the SME… I’m just not this lucky in life... they’ll just be some dumb Kef kit stuff or something like that…”. Then yesterday I was able to collect…

    They are! They bloody are! 15” ones too!

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    Really… they are!

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    And they sound bloody great.

    Tony.
     
  2. James Evans

    James Evans Bedroom Bodger

    Seriously good result there Tony (bastard, bastard, bastard ;-) )

    So what speakers are you now selling off really cheaply again?
     
  3. jimb0

    jimb0 Jelly Roll Soul

    You lucky, lucky bastard. That is all.
     
  4. jaspert

    jaspert pfm Member

    Bloody hell! That's a serious score.
    Congrats and I'm soooo.. envious.

    I live in hope of striking some gold before i turn to dust.
     
  5. Dev

    Dev pfm Member

    We hate you!!! (with more passion than....):D.

    Well done.
     
  6. Pete MB&D

    Pete MB&D Pete Maddex, the one and only!

    Hi, Tony

    Nice one! I wounder how many people are typing "Radiogram" in to Ebay right now!


    Pete
     
  7. fatmarley

    fatmarley Registered User

    Mick p recons you make your own luck. I think this proves him wrong . . .


    Tony, could you PM me six numbers between 1 and 49?
     
  8. The Captain

    The Captain ~~~~~~~~~~

    thats amazing- well done indeed. so how do they sound?
     
  9. andy831

    andy831 pfm Member

    Bunged in the middle of Tonys Lounge with no thoughts about placement connected to his amp by some scotchblock type connection.....bloody amazing....no other words will do
     
  10. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    They sound wonderful. Big, effortless, warm, yet very tight and agile. Anyone who claims the bottom couple of octaves don't matter is lying! I spent last night listening to them with crappy thin mains cable as speaker cable as that was all I could get into the screw terminals. I've since fitted a set of decent 4mm sockets / binding posts so I'm using my normal Mogami wire now. I also hadn't realised the two treble controls were set a bit strangely, I've now set them both to 'level'. They really are sounding bloody good.

    The cabinets are home built using the Lancaster corner cab as the template, they are the same size, shape etc, but this guy really went the extra mile in construction.

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    I now understand why they are so bloody heavy! Each panel is doubled up 3/4" marine ply, i.e. two layers. That is then covered with a sheet of aluminium (??? why?), then there is a latice of string attached to little hooks that holds loads of wadding. It's an exceptionally solid job, far, far more solid than real Lancaster cabs. They are on castors too, though that may change. I know real Tannoyistas don't like Lancaster cabs, they seem to be considered worst of breed, but these certainly sound really nice. I have no plans to change them anytime soon, though I will sort the grill out. It's a good ply frame, it just needs some nicer fabric.

    Tony.
     
  11. martin clark

    martin clark pinko bodger

    Gasp.
    Wow.
     
  12. johnfromnorwich

    johnfromnorwich even my wife noticed the dif..

    I just never have that kind of luck! I paid full whack for mine but they're worth every penny. Enjoy.
     
  13. jimb0

    jimb0 Jelly Roll Soul

    Wow. Don't bother changing them, just sort the fabric (Rob got some original Tannoy fabric recently didn't he?) and get some Tannoy badges: sorted!
     
  14. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod

    You pulled one helluva a Petrik there, Tony. (From now on, I think it should be called pulling a Lonorgan. That's an incredible deal you got.)

    Congrats!

    Joe
     
  15. speedysteve1

    speedysteve1 Registered User

    Brilliant. Well done.

    I listened to all sorts of speakers at the Bristol Hifi show (I know not really fair with some of their rooms) and coming home to my Tannoy's was the highlight of the day...
     
  16. The Captain

    The Captain ~~~~~~~~~~

    they could sit nicely in front of Tony's, ahem.. 'lovely deco fireplace' there :)
     
  17. Uncle Ants

    Uncle Ants I'm a Shop Keeper

    Tony, you lucky, lucky so and so.

    What's really annoying is I actually do, do a search on Radiogram about once a week ... because I am looking for a nice radiogram ... this week I didn't :rolleyes:.

    I can't pretend I'm not envious. How do they sound with the Quad kit it came with - presumably there was a 303 in that cabinet?
     
  18. Dowser

    Dowser Learning to bodge again..

    Share the good fortune, I'll give you £50 for your Heresy's? :)

    Well done, Richard
     
  19. Patrick Dixon

    Patrick Dixon Imagineer

    Well done! Great find - as you say worth the money for the SME alone.

    Have you got any photos of you collecting from Barnsley on your bike? Or did you get it back on the train?
     
  20. John

    John pfm Member

    Tony,

    Congratulations on the great find. Good to see they found a good home.

    Enjoy,
    John
     

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