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Old 24th January 2019, 12:29 AM   #41
Mr_Zenith is offline Mr_Zenith  United States
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Frugel Horns they "ain't"...
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Old 24th January 2019, 01:11 AM   #42
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I saw a Rogers HG88 MKIII valve amplifier in the London Design Centre 50 years ago. It looked so good to me that I just had to buy one when I returned home.

I think its design has stood the test of time well, combining a split silver/black aluminium fascia with a teak (formica) sleeve.
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Old 24th January 2019, 08:16 AM   #43
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For goodness sakes, That is truelly ugly.
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Old 24th January 2019, 08:22 AM   #44
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My local hifi shops are not like that. Perhaps visiting next town's hifi shop would help, I guess?

For decades I've heard that "Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder." I'll have to agree with that because a guy I know thinks a woman he saw at a coffee shop is hot but then when I turned around to see who he was talking about, I was like, "Hot? Are you serious? "
I thought the old saying was, "Beauty is in the eyes of the beer holder".
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Old 24th January 2019, 10:18 AM   #45
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I just checked richer sounds and there are a number of lines available in black or silver. Champagne gold is out of fashion it would seem.
It's been a while since I visited my local RS outlet - I didn't know they were still in business!

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I like black boxes. They remind me of the excellent Watkins Johnson surveillance equipment I used to collect.
They look pretty interesting though!

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What's wrong with plain black boxes?
In the same vein what's wrong with huge banks of flashing LED lights?
I had a choice a few decades ago to get my Rotel amps in black or polished silver..
That's what is missing now in mainstream retail shops, though - choice.

Even plain boxes with banks of flashing LEDs would be good if properly done!

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Many audiophiles believe that mains and speaker cables have an effect on how an amplifier sounds. Is it possible that the shape, material and colour of an amplifier cabinet could also have a similar effect?
Yes. As long as the case colour complemented the oil-filled audio-grade caps..

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The inner Engineer in me likes 19" rack mount and modular so to be the best looking preamp ever is this one. I accept SWMBO will never accept this view!
This engineer likes that one too! Probably low in WAF factor though..


Now there is this guy.. Nelson something? he makes pretty looking amps... probably not available in any of my local shops though..
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Old 24th January 2019, 01:03 PM   #46
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I saw a Rogers HG88 MKIII valve amplifier in the London Design Centre 50 years ago. It looked so good to me that I just had to buy one when I returned home.

I think its design has stood the test of time well, combining a split silver/black aluminium fascia with a teak (formica) sleeve.
Must say that I'm undecided if it's a horse designed by a camel, or a camel designed by a horse. Maybe it's the faux teak Formica wraparound. Perhaps it needs to sit between a bowl of fruit and a vase of flowers, with some small porcelain figurines dancing round the air vent. Ahhhhh, the 70's.

As you can tell, I really quite like it. ToS
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Old 24th January 2019, 01:57 PM   #47
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That's actually a rather handsome unit. Extra points for the DIN tape input on the front - perhaps presaging the composite video/audio RCA Jack's on '90's gear.
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Old 24th January 2019, 03:27 PM   #48
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Perhaps it needs to sit between a bowl of fruit and a vase of flowers. . .
Here's its little brother the Cadet III along with matching switched FM tuner. Note the rather stylish vase!
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Old 24th January 2019, 03:52 PM   #49
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Here's its little brother the Cadet III along with matching switched FM tuner. Note the rather stylish vase!
Uhmmm........looks like a piece of Murano glassware to me - another fab classic 70's item. Same with the hessian speaker covers. And the pine clad interior .... oh, and the lovely one piece woolen dress worn with a smile (originally woven in Sheffield). I could go on ........ I love 70's product advertising.

Now tell us Galu, and it is important (if only because I say so) is the wooden case of your amp genuine teak? Or is it a genuine Formica facade made with a mock teak finish? Because if it's genuine Formica, it could be really valuable. Tos
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probably not available in any of my local shops though..
Well, you are on DIY audio forum...
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