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  1. #21
    Join Date: Jan 2021

    Location: West of Scotland

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    I'm Martin.

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    Thanks Ian
    Looks like a Britannia, did you build it? Also I presume it's at Strathaven Park, I suspect you'll know Kenny Johnstone from Carstairs, I haven't seen him for quite some time.
    Martin

  2. #22
    Join Date: Apr 2009

    Location: Ayrshire, Scotland

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    I'm Ian.

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    Yes Martin 5" gauge Robert Burns.
    Im in the Paisley club, formed from the Rolls Royce Club, picture is at Barshaw Park . I know Kenny but last I heard he wasnt keeping well. Was a few years ahead of you, not at the Beeb but with the competition at Cowcaddens. Got heavily involved in VT then Tech Fax Managment.
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    Hi Martin,

    Many thanks for your detailed reply to my earlier post. Will reply later

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  4. #24
    Join Date: Jan 2009

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    I'm openingabottleofwine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ianmac View Post
    Welcome to the Forum
    we are getting quite a few from the west of Scotland

    The mention of James Kerrin Woodlands Road brought back memories. They used be in Sauchiehall Street (at at time when one had to build ones own Amps) and sold an amp I used to drool over - A "Williamson". Knocked my Mullard 5 20 for six but was at a price I couldn't look at.
    I've never heard it mentioned since way back
    Is that Kerr of Kerr McCosh amplifier fame?
    Barry

  5. #25
    Join Date: Jan 2021

    Location: West of Scotland

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    I'm Martin.

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    Ian
    That's very nice, I would like to see it running sometime, and especially pertinent name given today. It is a very small world, you'll remember Charlie Hunter, he may even have been your boss, after he left STV he became my boss post BBC, I rather liked him and there's few enough bosses you can say that about.
    Regards
    Martin

  6. #26
    Join Date: Apr 2009

    Location: Ayrshire, Scotland

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    I'm Ian.

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    Martin, I remember Charlie he was in vision maintenance. When he left he went to Glasgow Uni TV service.

    Barry, It could have been Kerr/ McCosh. They had quite a large shop in Sauchiehall street. Well stocked and knowledgeable staff. I think the Williamson amp was only sold by them- there must be one lying around somewhere gathering dust as the electrolytics dry out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ianmac View Post

    Barry, It could have been Kerr/ McCosh. They had quite a large shop in Sauchiehall street. Well stocked and knowledgeable staff. I think the Williamson amp was only sold by them- there must be one lying around somewhere gathering dust as the electrolytics dry out.
    The amplifiers I had in mind were these:

    https://andydoz.blogspot.com/2016/02...amplifier.html

    Kerr McCosh made two power amplifiers: the CWA10, a 10W monoblock amplifier using EL84s in push-pull; and the CWA40, a 40W amplifier using EL34s in push-pull.

    All Kerr McCosh gear was very well built and rivalled the likes of Radford and Beam Echo.

    BTW James Kerr was also the Kerr of Wayne Kerr test equipment, again having a very high build quality and specification.


    Apologies for the thread drift. (AoS is notorious for it. )
    Barry

  8. #28
    Join Date: Apr 2009

    Location: Ayrshire, Scotland

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    I'm Ian.

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    Likewise re thread drift but thanks for the info. Thats the amps, I didnt know about the Wayne Kerr connection
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