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Pamphonic Reproducers Ltd – Chronology

[“Pamphonic” loosely translated from the Greek – “Music of Surpassing Beauty”.]

  • 1931
  • Paul Taylor (aged 22) and partner Edward Lavington left Faraday House (college)
  • Invented the “Pamphonic Electrical Reproducer”
  • Installed amplifier systems in London theatres - Dominion, Coliseum (120W) and Drury Lane (60W, for Noel Coward’s “Cavalcade”).
  • 1932
  • Registered Pamphonic Reproducers Ltd. (Pamphonic and Paramphonic names registered)
  • Installed a 200W public address system at White City stadium, Empire Pool Wembley (120W), and other stadia. “Bunched” speakers with narrow beam-width.
  • Launched “Pamphonic Baby Reproducer” (also known as the “Standard Pamphonic Reproducer”) 18W, Marconi Pickup, Garrard Induction Deck, Epoch cinema loudspeaker.
  • Keith Prowse appointed as “sole concessionaire” for Pamphonic Reproducers. (First Catalogue)
  • Launched “Junior Paramphonic” radiogram with separate speaker. 25W, 160 gns.
  • Launched “Senior Paramphonic” twin turntable radiogram with separate speaker. 50W, 250 gns.
  • 1933
  • 540/542 ceiling mount PA speaker. 540/545 wall mount, 536 8W horn type
  • 521A 25W open-air PA speaker, 525A flared type
  • 1935
  • Pamphonic Reproducers moved to 45 St Pancras Way
  • 1938
  • New version of 521A speaker(16” driver)
  • Pye take main agency for Telefunken TO1000 tone arm and cartridge. Used in many Pamphonic reproducers
  • “Tone Filter”.  Tone & impedance corrector for (Telefunken) pickups. 4 gns.
  • New “Reproducer”. 20W into a 16” speaker. DO24 output valves, 65 gns.
  • Pamphonic Baby Gramophone (20W, 2.5% distortion, 50Hz – 9KHz ate -5dB) 60 gns
  • 500/501 20W amplifier. 40Hz – 14KHz +/- 1dB. 904V, TT4, AC/P1, 2x D024.
  • 503/504/505/506 portable PA and record deck using 500/501 amplifier.
  • 513 microphone mixer/pre-amplifier. EF5, EBC3. 120uV in, 10V out.
  • 507 single turntable
  • 509 dual turntable unit using Garrard RC1A Automatic Record Changer.
  • 512/80 80W Output stage. Mullard MZ05/60 output valves, Mullard RG1/250 mercury rectifiers.
  • 512/250 250W Output stage. Using Mullard M21/600 output valves
  • 512/600 600W Output stage. Using Mullard M21/600 output valves
  • 521A Loudspeaker. 16” diaphragm. 8. 14s
  • 522 Field rectifier for loudspeaker field coil. 2. 12s. 6d
  • 523/524 Cabinets containing speaker and rectifier. c. 20
  • 525A/525 Single/double flare with speaker. 14-20
  • 516 Moving Coil Microphone
  • 520 Carbon microphone
  • Universal Amplifier (ac/dc PA set) 20W, 2 speakers, microphone. 26 gns.
  • Pamphonic registered address 45 Kings Road, London NW1
  • 1946/47
  • 601A PA Amplifier. 25W (3x SP41, 2x EL35, 2x FW4/500). 52 gns with speakers and mic.
  • 601B PA amplifier. 25W (3x EF37, 2x EL34, 2x IW4/500). 27. 10s. 53 gns with speakers and mic.
  • 602/A 50W “Transportable Amplifiers” (PA). (2x EF37A, EF37, ECC35, 4x EL37, 2x GZ32). 34.
  • 601H 25W (2x EF37A, EF37, ECC35, 2x EL37, GZ32). 25. 16s
  • 600/A 10-12W (2x EF37A, 2xECC35, 2x KT61, GZ32). 18.
  • Offered joint branded PA Equipment (Pye Pamphonic Ltd, Radio Works Cambridge) in 500 series
  • Pamphonic moved into new premises in Westmoreland Rd London NW6
  • 1947
  • 700 Series professional PA systems (rackmount)
  • 606 Radiogram 10W (4x EF36, 4x EL32, 2x 1D5). Tuner model 606RH from Pye (possibly based on the Pye 15A radio), Garrard RC65 Deck, Garrard cartridge.
  • Pye Ltd acquired 51% of Pamphonic Reproducers Ltd and provided futher cash for operations.
  • 1949
  • 607 Table Radio (Pye 15A SW/MW/LW chassis inside, but painted red not blue). Bow-fronted walnut veneer cabinet with twin doors.
  • 1952
  • “Westmoreland” single cabinet record player. 15W output.
  • 1954
  • “Victor” Loudspeaker. Twin unit, 15W. 55 gns
  • 1002 Amplifier 25W Ultralinear, 0.05% distortion (ECC83, ECC81, 2x KT66, GZ32)
  • 1002A Preamplifier (2x ECC40). 40 gns with 1002 amplifier.
  • Acquired W. Bryan Savage and started new vibration equipment division. Huge valve amplifiers (20kW) and “shakers” (10,000lb)
  • New sales offices and showroom opened in Stratton Street, Mayfair.
  • “Pam” name started to be used for some Pye-sourced equipment, including TVs.
  • Edgar Lavington helped Pye launch their Pamphonic-designed PF9i amplifier and PF9iA preamplifier. 40 gns.
  • 1955
  • Pye acquired remaining 49% of Pamphonic.  Paul Taylor stayed on as MD.
  • 1956
  • 1003 Integrated amplifier. 10W (1% distortion) 27gns. (EF86, 2x ECC83, 2x 6AQ5, GZ32)
  • Bowyer Lowe (Pye) took over running of Pamphonic while Paul Taylor was ill with TB.
  • Pye designed and launched the Pam 710 transistor radio. The first British all-transistor radio. 22. 14s plus 8. 15s. 3d purchase tax.
  • 1957
  • 2001 24W HiFi Amplifier 0.05% distortion at 15W. 29. 8s (ECC81, ECC83, 2x KT66, GZ32).or (6L6G, 12AX7, 12AT7, 5V4)
  • 2001A Preamplifier (2x ECC40) 12. 12s
  • “Nymph” transportable record reproducer (competing with Decca Deccalian)
  • PA amplifiers and loudspeakers for “The Story of Woburn” son-et-lumiere.
  • 1958
  • 602W 50W Professional PA amplifier. (EF86, ECC81, ECC83, 2x KT88, GZ34)
  • 603W 100W Professional PA amplifier. (EF86, ECC82, ECC81, 2x EY84, 2x KT88, GZ34)
  • Service department at Honeypot Lane, Stanmore.
  • Pioneering line source loudspeakers (780/781/782 indoor, and 60LS/80LS/110LS outdoor models)
  • 3000 Stereo integrated amplifier. 2x 7.5W 30gns. 31. 10s. (2x ECC83, 2xECL82, EZ80). The very first stereo integrated amplifier in the UK, before the stereo record standard was even finalised.
  • 600 Loudspeaker (PA) amplifiers supplied to Post Office Telecommunications for use in repeater stations.
  • PA System for “My Fair Lady” at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
  • First UK demonstration of Stereo “Discs” by Pye. Waldorf Hotel London. Pamphonic 3000 amplifier and Victor loudspeakers.
  • 1959
  • 1002B Push-button preamplifier (2x ECC40). 24gns
  • 1004 10W Integrated Audio amplifier. (EF86, 2x ECC83, 2x 6BW6). 25gns
  • 3001 integrated stereo amplifier 7W per channel. 34gns. (2x ECC83, 2xECL82, EZ80)
  • Victor Senior loudspeaker 15W. 45gns
  • Victor Junior loudspeaker 10W. 30gns
  • PA loudspeakers 100W with “Hi-Fi or Ab-Fi characteristics” shown at Audio Fair
  • Edward Lavington left Pamphonic.
  • 1960
  • Stereo Record Player (SP63?). 2x3W. Possibly the earliest stereo record player in the UK. 2x ECL83
  • 600W 10W integrated PA amplifier. Same style as the 3000/3001 integrated HiFi amplifiers.
  • 1961
  • Pye-Ling founded as joint venture with Ling-Temco-Vought of USA to consolidate vibration equipment product line manufacture (Royston, Herts).
  • Pamphonic bought Reflectograph tape machine line from Multimusic (Multicore Solders & Bib Tape accessories) but closed it within a few years.
  • “Pam” branded radio and television sets were sold widely.
  • PA amplifiers shown at the Audio Fair
  • 1962
  • Reflectograph Model A tape recorder. (2 track record and playback) 3 and 7 ips. Inbuilt amplifier.
  • Pillar (eg “line source”) PA loudspeakers demonstrated at London International Audio Festival.
  • 1963-64
  • Reflectograph Model B tape recorder (4 track record and playback)
  • Reflectograph Model C tape recorder (2 track stereo record and playback)
  • Reflectograph Model D tape player (2 track, playback only)
  • Cosmonaut slim-line tape recorder cabinet
  • 5200, 5205, 5206 “Pam” branded stereo record players
  • 1965-66
  • Pamphonic and Pam brands vanish from the market.
  • W Bryan Savage still making vibration systems in Royston.
  • Philips bought controlling interest (60%) in Pye.
  • 1973
  • Discussions started on new line column loudspeakers for Westminster Abbey
  • Paul Taylor assigned all patent rights to these line column speakers to the Dean & Chapter of the Abbey
  • 1975
  • Paul Taylor became President of the Society of Environmental Engineers
  • 1977
  • Patented Line Column Speakers installed in Westminster Abbey, designed and overseen by Paul Taylor, installed by Pye Business Communications.
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