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David Pinnegar 24th December 2011 03:16 PM

Lowther Worden Panasona
 
Hi!

Someone came to see me a while ago bringing with them their pair of Worden Lowther speakers and unfortunately I did not retain their contact details. However the Worden was a very interesting and effective corner design. Has anyone got a photo?

The Worden was probably around 18 inches to 20" square and 2ft to 2ft6 tall and a very interesting design. The top was an enclosure open on 2 or 3 sides with a Lowther PM2C facing downwards. This allowed the rear of the cone to radiate omnidirectionally. The box below was divided diagnonally with a thin dividing strut dividing the sound from the front of the PM2C. The back half was a ported box whilst the other half was a triangular horn flairing out at the bottom.

The sound was slightly idiosyncratic but remarkably good for the size and took advantage of the excess treble of the PM2C, utilising only half and equalising that half with a horn to for the lower midrange.

It was an intriguing design which certainly brought music to life.

Best wishes and Season's Greetings,

David P

Puffin 25th December 2011 12:09 AM

Woden Design

David Pinnegar 25th December 2011 06:33 PM

Hi!

Thanks - but the Woden designs don't look like the Worden that I saw. Worden was particularly creative and it's for that reason that it would be great to see more pics of his designs.

Best wishes

David P

Puffin 25th December 2011 10:02 PM

Ahh yes the legendary Wilfred H Worden....errr...... who....?!

Sorry, I Googled and got the above (a famous boy pianist? - perhaps)

I am considering making the Big Fun Horn if I can get the plans.

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i2...x/bigfun-1.gif

divad 1st January 2012 06:47 AM

Wilfred Worden used to place small ads with pictures, in the back of The Gramophone through the '50s and '60s. The Gramophone has an online Archival Section, it should be possible to find them there.
In 1969 he had a range of speakers, the biggest being about 6-7 ft high, a front and rear loaded horn with PM6 or PM7 drivers, chosen according to the future owners request.
The smallest was a bookshelf speakers with Richard-Allan drive units. It had some unusual loading system for the driver.
His first product, though, in the 1950s, was an articulated pick up arm, made of wood.
In 1969 he was also looking at releasing an amplifier, and was developing a metal version of his pick up arm. I do not know if anything came of this, I was out of touch with the audio field for some years after this.

David Pinnegar 9th February 2012 01:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by divad (Post 2841856)
In 1969 he had a range of speakers, the biggest being about 6-7 ft high, a front and rear loaded horn with PM6 or PM7 drivers, chosen according to the future owners request.

Hi!

It would be wonderful to see the big design.

I found a photo the other day of the speaker which I saw:
http://www.organmatters.co.uk/oddlowther.jpg
The unit fires downwards half into a chamber at the back and half forwards down a triangular section as shown with the wings coming forward to develop the horn at the front and an exponential profile at the back. Certainly an intriguing and original arrangement.

Best wishes

David P

Jon Ver Halen 9th February 2012 04:28 AM

Big Fun Horns
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Puffin (Post 2834093)
Ahh yes the legendary Wilfred H Worden....errr...... who....?!

Sorry, I Googled and got the above (a famous boy pianist? - perhaps)

I am considering making the Big Fun Horn if I can get the plans.

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i2...x/bigfun-1.gif

e-mail directly for the plans. Jon at Lowther dash America dot com

Estelle 5th August 2013 11:46 AM

Hi,
We own the speakers you have seen and also a his unique pick up arm. Will send photos. We are possible interested in selling them if anybody is interested but will have to get a proper valuation.
Best wishes
Estelle


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