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Edgar Lavington History


Post-War 1946-1955
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In January 1946, following Paul Taylor’s recovery from tuberculosis, he and Edgar Lavington went about restarting Pamphonic Reproducers Ltd which had been mothballed at Banham’s Boatyard in Cambridge. The business moved to Westmoreland Road NW9 in North London, the site of W Bryan Savage (later bought by Pamphonic). W Bryan Savage wished to semi-retire and move his transformer business to Wiltshire.

In 1947, Pye of Cambridge came in and bought 51% of the equity of Pamphonic reproducers Ltd.

O C Stanley, Chairman of Pye became a staunch supporter and friend of Taylor and Lavington.

606 - 2Boosted by this cash injection and marketing support,  Pamphonic launched a new range of High Fidelity and Public Address equipment made in Westmoreland Road.

Post-war, Pamphonic certainly flourished again - an estimate to Lord Salisbury for a system at Hatfield House in November 1949 was priced at 245-18-4d (over 10,000 in current terms). Many public buildings damaged by bombing during the war fitted Pamphonic PA systems when they were rebuilt. Coventry Cathedral was an example of this where the architect (Sir Basil Spence) was a great fan of Pamphonic.

Pre-war experience in PA and loudspeaker systems culminated in experiments to solve the dreadful acoustics in St Paul’s Cathedral, including the firing of a pistol in the Cathedral. This was widely reported in the daily papers. The final system was written up in Wireless World in February 1952

Pamphonic also started to make smaller amplifiers and pre-amplifiers to compete with the classic Leak and Quad models.

1955 on...

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