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    Here are my recently procured Berkeleys. The first picture shows them after I'd cleaned up the grubby cabinets, but before tackling the grilles. The second picture shows what a bit of upholstery cleaner and a warm wash in the shower does for the grille fabric. The drivers had new foam surrounds fitted by Lockwoods a few years ago, and look absolutely fine, with no sagging. I'm going to clean the crossover switches and replace the spring terminals on the back panel, and that will do for now.




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    Those look very nice Hugo, I can see the difference with your surrounds compared to mine, just a pity I didn't know before I paid for mine, pretty sure I'd have gotten something off them

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    Well the drivers are out and on their way to Lockwood Audio as of 20 minutes ago.

    Here's how they looked when I removed them this morning.










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    Amazing I recall seeing a pair in about 1974, Mike you are making me feel so old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Wonfor View Post
    Amazing I recall seeing a pair in about 1974, Mike you are making me feel so old.
    Oops lol, you're not the only one, it was around 1975 that I got my first real stereo, Garrard SP 25 Turntable, Sansui AU2200 amp and Solavox TK20 speakers, I still have the speakers

    All bought from Comet in Dundee

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeyb View Post
    Oops lol, you're not the only one, it was around 1975 that I got my first real stereo, Garrard SP 25 Turntable, Sansui AU2200 amp and Solavox TK20 speakers, I still have the speakers

    All bought from Comet in Dundee
    Blimey! Solavox speakers. They were what one bought if extremely broke!

    They weren't too bad really, some featured Wharfedale drive units.
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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Blimey! Solavox speakers. They were what one bought if extremely broke!

    They weren't too bad really, some featured Wharfedale drive units.
    Only 14 at the time and the only pocket money I earned was from the Game Dealer for rabbits, pigeons and for helping my dad with 'beating' at the weekend on the shoots for rich American oilmen from Aberdeen.

    Plus there weren't many HiFi shops in Fife that I could afford to shop in at that time, hence the buys from Comet

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeyb View Post
    Only 14 at the time and the only pocket money I earned was from the Game Dealer for rabbits, pigeons and for helping my dad with 'beating' at the weekend on the shoots for rich American oilmen from Aberdeen.

    Plus there weren't many HiFi shops in Fife that I could afford to shop in at that time, hence the buys from Comet
    used to shop in Comet's big shop in Edinburgh... well, warehouse
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    I’ve been listening to my Berkeleys (via some proper modern Naim amplification) before they go off to a friend’s trendy mid-century furniture shop. There is definitely something magical about them - they definitely lack the resolution and clarity of the LS50s but that is forgiven because of their effortless way with real ‘music’. These are definitely speakers to live with and to enjoy, not to critique; their omissions are entirely pleasant and liveable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ammonite Acoustics View Post
    Iíve been listening to my Berkeleys (via some proper modern Naim amplification) before they go off to a friendís trendy mid-century furniture shop. There is definitely something magical about them - they definitely lack the resolution and clarity of the LS50s but that is forgiven because of their effortless way with real Ďmusicí. These are definitely speakers to live with and to enjoy, not to critique; their omissions are entirely pleasant and liveable.
    I would agree with that, they just seem to be right for me, really meaty, full sound but also allow to hear the delicate parts too, certainly not as clinical as my PMC 21 standmounts which is expected, they just seem to produce music effortlessly, they ain't leaving here anytime soon. I love them, can't wait to get the drivers back and run in.

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