|The highly prized, yet elusive BBC LS3/5A No.1 & 2.|
|The back view, 40 years or so of hard use, and each side of a veneer panel tells a school of hard knocks story.|
This pair of BBC no.1 & 2 LS3/5A speaker was the final reference before the design was approved to be production ready. Apparently in the consideration of making the speakers more production friendly, the licensees entrusted to mass produced the speaker needed to make adjustments to the passive x-over design over the original pair, so that it's easier to match each speaker as pair in the field during use. This was a necessary evil as at the time in the 1970's, KEF's production, and QC spec tolerances of the T27 tweeter and the B110 mid bass driver were pretty wide, compared to the much tighter standards deemed acceptable today. And if Jo was right about his assumption, that the mass produced LS3/5A would have drifted in terms of absolute sonic properties, compared to the very early examples, and surely against the numero uno & duo pair. Is it really so? Let our ears be the judge then!
|Paul explaining the details and events that unfold in the making of LS3/5A loud speaker, do read all the really juicy bits on his website!|
|The KISS(Keep It Simple Stupid) set up!|
|The IF Designs Tallis stand are a beauty to behold, especially with the LS3/5A sitting on top. It cost GBP450/pair when available in 2003.|
|Now, the BBC LS3/5A has been replaced by Paul's favorite speaker, the Quad ESL 57.|
|Proud babies, the speakers or the men?|
Paul also maintains the http://www.ls35a.com/ website with intention to help fellow enthusiast to verify values, spot fakes, and basically what to look out for when shopping for the LS3/5A speakers, and other vintage hifi equipment. He has helped countless enthusiast via the detailed information available from his website. As it is getting more expensive to host the site and keep it running, Paul appeals to users who finds his web site and advise helpful to kindly make a donation as it is non-profit oriented.
|Paul shares his secret recipe for baked potatoes, they're YUMMY!|
|This artistic ceramic candle holder is NOT Paul's handy work, but the labour of love from Miranda, his romantic partner.|
On his spare time, Paul is also aspires to be a great cook and expresses his artisan side via ceramics. We were served with roast lamb, baked potatoes for dinner topped off with cheese cake for desert. Ahh...... this was a rewarding visit for the hifi trio which ever way one looks at it. Thanks Paul, for sharing the collection of your historical pride and joy with us.
The lovely photos are courtesy of Big E and Felix(mostly!).