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Just received a Postscript Books email advising the June bargains to be had...

This one looks good...
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Link to details of the book...

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I haven't read the Wharfedale book, but I know of Gilbert Briggs through the hobby. He done most of what there is to do with loudspeaker experimenting.
Despite the claims from many manufacturers and all the technology, speaker sound has not really improved that much. Sure there are improvements like power handling etc, but most of the improvements we hear are in recording technology. The ability of an engineer to get the sound to jump out from the speakers on a pop record. If you put an old Billie Holliday record on, it sounds as good with old quality 50 year old speaker as with a good modern unit.
I am more a fan of the proper Tannoy Dual Concentric speakers.

Atm I am using an old pair of Mission 770 with new SEAS tweeters. Not Tannoy, but very acceptable for next to nothing and £40 for new tweeters.

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Always had a lust for Mission 753s but never acquired any yet.

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lexi wrote:I haven't read the Wharfedale book, but I know of Gilbert Briggs through the hobby. He done most of what there is to do with loudspeaker experimenting.


I think you're right lexi, he pretty much did everything there was to do on speakers and their enclosures... What was left was just refinements - nothing new certainly...

I've just completed the chapter where he did his famous Live vs. Recorded demonstrations in large concert halls such as the Royal Festival Hall and the Carnegie in NY... That took some real bravery but he pulled it off magnificently...

What was quite remarkable is the relatively low-powered amps (by today’s standards) he used...

This was another area where he set the bar very high...

He was also a very successful authour in his own right and wrote may authoritative books on loudspeakers and audio in general. He was also a talented musician...

He was always happy to share his knowledge and had no issue with people building replicas of his loudspeakers from kits as long as he supplied the drivers!

I bought one of his famous 12" speakers (with a later neoprene suspension) last weekend at a vintage wireless rally... Brand New Old Stock! One day I must build a proper enclosure for it and see how it sounds...

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The beauty of the Pickled Egg Library is that while others may enjoy bits of your deposits, it is a very useful home for stuff that you come across that you may want to retrieve later.

Now this is a case in point.

If you saw picture of the day today, a glider from Milfield Airfield flying over North Northumberland, and stained glass windows from a Kirknewton Church, there was a story to be found requiring a bit of research.

After a bit of an internet delve, I found this, put together over a number of years, with a tremendous amount of detail in it, and within it yet more interesting stories. So I am depositing it here for purely selfish purposes so I can readily find it again, but there may be something within it which has a random link to spark an interest for others.

http://www.milfield.org.uk/

I discovered that Milfield was a training airfield for pilots in the Second World War, that from 04 AUG 42 - 26 JAN 44, more than 1200 pilots trained to the requirements of front line fighter squadrons. During three and a half years of operations at Milfield 51 pilots were killed or died as a result of injuries received in flying accidents - an average of one per month - with between 10-15 accidents per month. The pilots commemorated at St Gregory's Kirknewton include those from Canada and New Zealand.

Regards Neil

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Hell Razor5543 wrote:There are areas on the canal system where you do not want to go (especially in a gold plated vessel!). For example, if you moor up in Kings Norton it is possible that, the following morning, you will either find that you are not in the same place (mooring lines either cast or cut loose), or you have a different paint scheme than you had the previous evening (and of the sort you quickly obliterate!).



Middlewich would get my vote for another less than desirable mooring spot. Frequently saw "drifted" boats and vandalised locks on walks down the Shropshire Union and Trent & Mersey in my youth & can't imagine it to have improved all that much in the last 20-25 years.

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Reading an absolute cracker of a book at the moment...

This is an utter page-turner you just can't put down...

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His schooldays at Eton are hilarious. He is such a character...

Highly recommended - but don't blame me if you read it at the exclusion of all else, including eating and sleeping :)

It really is that good...

I picked this book up at a Charity Shop for 99p! Bargain :)

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This has just arrived :)
Own Work
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Maybe of limited interest to many on here but I'm looking forward to getting stuck into it..

I bought it via Amazon and is second-hand. You'd never know as it's mint... Hopefully that's not a sign it's a rubbish read and the first owner never got beyond the first few pages...

We'll see... As a very dedicated parkrunner and volunteer I'm sure I'll enjoy it ;)

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Some interesting books being offered by PostScript Books on the subject of transport...

One I quite fancy is this history of the Cortina...
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And this one, although frustratingly, the website offers no description :(
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This one might be of interest too in an offbeat way...
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CitroJim wrote:
16 Jun 2017, 17:30
And this one, although frustratingly, the website offers no description :(
psdeltic.jpg
That one is probably a bit of a thriller, but with a predictable ending! :D

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Hell Razor5543 wrote:
16 Jun 2017, 17:38
CitroJim wrote:
16 Jun 2017, 17:30
And this one, although frustratingly, the website offers no description :(
psdeltic.jpg
That one is probably a bit of a thriller, but with a predictable ending! :D


Yes, It throws a rod through the crankcase :lol:

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CitroJim wrote:
16 Jun 2017, 17:40
Hell Razor5543 wrote:
16 Jun 2017, 17:38
CitroJim wrote:
16 Jun 2017, 17:30
And this one, although frustratingly, the website offers no description :(
psdeltic.jpg
That one is probably a bit of a thriller, but with a predictable ending! :D


Yes, It throws a rod through the crankcase :lol:

Which kills the driver and leaves the co-driver in a coma. BR then sends in their chief trouble-shooter (under cover as a lubrication inspector), finds out the engine had managed to find and conceal something of extreme value (quashed plans to allow passengers to travel at reduced fares), and confronts the engine. Said engine manages to escape the trouble-shooter in a dubious way, but then slips and falls into a handily convenient vat of acid, and dies in a flurry of rust!

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James, you should follow your mum into thriller writing... With an imagination such as yours I reckon you could do rather well ;)

Actually, I did learn of a Deltic that threw a rod with quite serious consequences. Many moons ago a BBC World Service Relay Station on Perim Island In the Red Sea just off the coast of Aden (now Yemen) used a static Deltic for power generation.

One night the Deltic threw a rod straight into the fuel filter...

A fire broke out as a result and the fire was nicely fed by the leaking fuel. And it was well fed - The diesel tank was on a hill and the fuel was gravity fed to the generator house...

After that the station was relocated to Masirah Island...

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CitroJim wrote:
16 Jun 2017, 18:01
James, you should follow your mum into thriller writing... With an imagination such as yours I reckon you could do rather well ;)

I just followed the standard formula that Alistair MacLean used. Not that difficult (and requires little in the way of an imagination). :lol:

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Hell Razor5543 wrote:
16 Jun 2017, 19:05
CitroJim wrote:
16 Jun 2017, 18:01
James, you should follow your mum into thriller writing... With an imagination such as yours I reckon you could do rather well ;)

I just followed the standard formula that Alistair MacLean used. Not that difficult (and requires little in the way of an imagination). :lol:


So lacking is my knowledge of fiction, I had to look up who Alistair MacLean was...

I vaguely recognise some of his books...