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  1. #1
    Join Date: Oct 2012

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    Well today was a special day. Being in Cornwall early for another event I arranged to call in at Radford Revival and I am pleased that I did.

    It was a little difficult to find, as they are rather tucked away in the middle of nowhere, but the welcome couldn't have been warmer.
    Now here's my bad for thinking that Steve and Will were brothers (Steve looks nothing like his true age) when in actual fact it is father and son.

    There is a third member of the family with four legs, namely Billy the cross Serval cat. What a magnificent animal with superb marbleing to his coat.

    The talk rapidly got on to valve amplifiers, quelle supris, with a tour of the workshop and particularly the prototype 100W valve monoblock.
    Now this is one amazing design, any output valve including EL34 and all the KT series can be used without any adjustment for biasing. It is completely automatic and exceedingly accurate, the first real plug and play 100W valve amplifier.

    Will played some music through it and the grip and control of the speaker was astounding.
    I have complimented Will on his expertise and professional approach to design before, but to see it in the flesh is most gratifying.
    These monoblocks should be available towards the end of the year or early next year and are going to turn the expectation of a valve power amplifier on its head. Super low distortion performance and virtually indestructible.
    Hats off to Radford Revival for continuing the fabulous reputation of Radford with even more improved performance.

    A very enjoyable 2 hours were spent in great company, thanks again to Steve and Will for the invitation.
    Firebottle - for the no bottleneck approach.

    I love Hendrix for so many reasons. He was so much more than just a blues guitarist - he played damn well any kind of guitar he wanted. In fact I'm not sure if he even played the guitar - he played music. - Stevie Ray Vaughan

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    Oooh, nice place to visit. I'll keep that in mind when I'm in Cornwall next
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    Yes Steve and Will are super friendly hosts. I visited a couple of years ago and like you finding the house proved a challenge.

    I'm waiting with bated breath on the new amp. Your positive view on it Alan makes me even more impatient.

    Nice speakers huh?
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    Join Date: Apr 2012

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    Glad a good time was had by all, it was great to meet you both and nice to put some faces to names. You are welcome any time!

    Naively I thought the mono blocs would be ready early this year but it's easy to wildly underestimate these things. They are definitely coming along and as you heard, definitely a working concept
    Radford Revival
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    Is there any idea of cost for this new amp?
    “Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of fuel. Sentimental people call it inspiration, but what they really mean is fuel. I have always needed fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio”

    Hunter S Thompson

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    I got told £5K a pair when I spoke to will.
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    Ok thanks.
    “Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of fuel. Sentimental people call it inspiration, but what they really mean is fuel. I have always needed fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio”

    Hunter S Thompson

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    Did no-one get their camera out and take some pics of the gear listened to? Come on, guys, these threads are 'sponsored by Kodak'!

    Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed your get together and reported on it

    Marco.
    Proud anti-establishment/elite 'heretic', motivated to expose widespread Establishment bias, cover-ups and mind-control!

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    Yeah good point, gerrem up!
    “Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of fuel. Sentimental people call it inspiration, but what they really mean is fuel. I have always needed fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio”

    Hunter S Thompson

  10. #10
    Join Date: Oct 2012

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    Sorry folks but didn't take any photos of the prototype, don't want to be giving away any clues/secrets to the design.
    Anyway we all know what a well sorted Radford looks like

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