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    Hi all.

    Last week I found that I had an email plonked in to my Junk folder. The email was from the person I bought my Lockwood Major speaker cabinets from a few years ago.

    When I bought them I was curious on knowing where they were in the past. Being Lockwood Majors it was pretty much given that the would have been resident in a sound studio at some point.

    Anyway, I asked if he had any information about them to which I had no reply.

    Then in March 2016! - (I don't check my junk spam/junk enough do I?) I found an email from him. Although it was over a year since I emailed him it was great to read what he had to say.

    He said the cabinets belonged to a producer (to which he couldn't remember unfortunately) who worked at a studio called Chappell? He said that there was a wall of them in the studio and he took a pair when the studio got refitted back in the 70's.

    So, I had a quick skoot and came up with this picture which is really quite astonishing.

    Chappell Studio's late 1960's early 70's I presume

    These were in the 60's judging by the desk and the chair.




    And today?



    Although a little worn around the edges, for their age they look fine... And yes, sounding absolutely splendid.

    Anyway, thought I'd just share this nugget of good fortune with you all. I'm going to check my Junk folder more often.... lol

    Thanks
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    look good josie, as does new surroundings
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    Thanks Grant.

    Yes, it was a nice bit of reading and research. I replied but nothing back yet... might take him another year to get round to it... LOL I want to know his relationship with this producer guy and if he's still about. It might even be the ol chap in the pic... LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Black Adder View Post
    Hi all.

    Last week I found that I had an email plonked in to my Junk folder. The email was from the person I bought my Lockwood Major speaker cabinets from a few years ago.

    When I bought them I was curious on knowing where they were in the past. Being Lockwood Majors it was pretty much given that the would have been resident in a sound studio at some point.

    Anyway, I asked if he had any information about them to which I had no reply.

    Then in March 2016! - (I don't check my junk spam/junk enough do I?) I found an email from him. Although it was over a year since I emailed him it was great to read what he had to say.

    He said the cabinets belonged to a producer (to which he couldn't remember unfortunately) who worked at a studio called Chappell? He said that there was a wall of them in the studio and he took a pair when the studio got refitted back in the 70's.

    So, I had a quick skoot and came up with this picture which is really quite astonishing.

    Chappell Studio's late 1960's early 70's I presume

    These were in the 60's judging by the desk and the chair.




    And today?



    Although a little worn around the edges, for their age they look fine... And yes, sounding absolutely splendid.

    Anyway, thought I'd just share this nugget of good fortune with you all. I'm going to check my Junk folder more often.... lol

    Thanks
    I like the way your room looks so neat and tidy with pretty big speakers in what looks an average size room
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    Might be your pair in the piccie Jo.

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    Thanks, LOL... yes, I've tidied up... The kids are at their grandma's. It will be a real mess when they come back. LOL

    Your right, it's pretty average size yet the speakers fit nicely and sound really nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Might be your pair in the piccie Jo.
    Yes, well I think it's very likely, Geoff. Nice to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Black Adder View Post
    Thanks, LOL... yes, I've tidied up... The kids are at their grandma's. It will be a real mess when they come back. LOL

    Your right, it's pretty average size yet the speakers fit nicely and sound really nice.
    Well kids will always make it look lived inbut it's good to see that big speakers don't necessarily have to dominate a room
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    The pics, the story, everything - excellent!
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    Great stuff, Jo - a wonderful story (and pics)! Room is looking good

    I was told by the chap I bought mine from, at Big Ears, that they were in a control room in Abbey Road at some point, but sadly there are no pics of such. As you know, they're brilliant speakers that do so much right, musically, and with such poise and effortlessness, that it's so easy for them to become one's 'final' pair of speakers.

    I wouldn't ever sell my Lockies (what on earth would I 'upgrade' them to?), and I'm sure you feel the same way about yours.... I hope you've got your TV running through them, as you certainly wouldn't need a sub!!

    Anyway, enjoy, and respect for having bigger speakers than a television, as these days it's almost always the other way round! Keep on boogieing, baby...

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