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Tannoy Autograph's by Simon Mears Audio.

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Tannoy Autograph replication loudspeakers by Simon Mears Audio.

These speakers are the result of many months of research, design, complex cabinet making and component matching to achieve the highest and most accurate degree of authenticity and sound quality.

Firstly a little bit about us; David, John and I work in and around Brighton on the south coast of the UK.

John McClafferty and myself, Simon Mears, build the cabinets. John is an engineer and has been building bespoke furniture and balustrades for over 30 years. I am a cabinet maker and have been building loudspeakers for about 6 years now and before following my passion for audio worked in the Conservation Department of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton.

We build these speakers millimetre true to the original plans and I have had the privilege of cross-referencing these plans with an original Autograph speaker to be completely sure of their authenticity. They are built with the finest grade birch plywood and we use especially made precision aluminium jigs and templates ensuring the results are perfect and the finishing trim and moldings are solid hard woods, everything has been considered from the glue and joinery methods to the original veneer and finishes we offer. We consider these speakers to be pieces of furniture and build them as such.

David Wright is well known for his valve amplifier designs and is the current service engineer for Border Patrol and Audio Innovations equipment. His insight and experience was intrinsic to voicing these speakers, he painstakingly researched and built the cross over networks to exacting standards specifically choosing and sourcing the parts and winding the inductors by hand before measuring and testing them. These networks are externally housed in wooden cases with copper detailing and solid brass control knobs for the treble energy and roll-off.

Needless to say we are all very passionate about what we do.

Obviously the Drive Units are carefully chosen and original and would be supplied freshly re-coned from Lockwood Audio.

The only area where it was impossible to stick to our goal of 100% originality is the grille cloth as it is simply unavailable, however the Tygan cloths we have available are beautifully woven and in keeping with the design and period.

We also felt that the original binding posts, as well as being unavailable were an area that could be improved upon resulting in the use of posts from Audio Note UK.

The crossovers are re-manufactured to the original drawings avoiding the use of electrolytic capacitors and use high quality bespoke and hand wound components, all internal wiring is a combination of silver and copper.

If you have your own Monitor Golds we are happy to build you cabinets for your existing units.

Summing up the sound is not easy but as David put it on our first listen, “they are deeply impressive”. They are open with real life transients and utterly effortless in presentation. You are very welcome to visit us and hear for yourselves just how good these speakers sound, just contact us and we will happily assist.

These speakers are built to order and please allow two and a half to three months for us to build and test them.

Please feel free to contact us for pricing or information; we can deliver by hand and set up as well as provide photographs of your build as the speakers’ progress. As before we are always happy to demonstrate here in Brighton.

All inquiries via PM or email- simonmearsaudio@gmail.com

Testimonials:

"Beautifully made and yet surprisingly discrete given their size, effortlessly smooth room filling sound. Another example that begs the question, what have speaker manufacturers been doing for the past 50 years?"

Guy Sergeant-Puresound.

“Superb build quality, Tannoy didn’t make them this well in the first place. Simon fired them up and I waited for 20 minutes until the amp was singing. Being used to the GRF sound I must admit I was sat waiting for them to jump out and smack me round the face a bit, they didn’t, they just sat there. In between them however was the most gorgeous wall of sound, everything was so effortless. These beauties are an absolute delight to listen to, not fatiguing in the slightest. The bass just keeps rolling out, tuneful, snappy and so responsive and quicker to react than the GRF and much, much flatter across the spectrum. That GRF drop out just isn’t here with these speakers.

Bob Cusworth-RJC Audio Audiophile Equipment.

“They are quite sensational, the ease, presence, depth and scale are quite astonishing, the sort of sound you only get at Concert Halls, absolutely beautifully integrated”.

Kevin Souter-Audiophile.

“A testimonial from me might be somewhat incestuous but what I have said to others is that these speakers give a huge, literally wall to wall image on orchestral music, but a solo singer sounds like a single person. Very few speakers can do this well and none that I have heard are as convincing as these”.

David Wright-Puremusic.

“They are not about Hi-Fi in the mainstream sense, in fact far removed from the Hi-Fi rat race, they are for people who have done the Hi-Fi thing and just want to settle down to a system that they can live with for good. You are never going to compare them with anything else. If they were a house they would be an Ancient timbered detached house in the countryside that’s been handed down through generations and the idea of them leaving the family would be inconceivable”.

Rob Struthers-Audiophile.

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Many Thanks Simon.

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Super Wammer

I really do need to hear these.

I've seen Simon's work up close, and it is utter perfection. The detailing is incredible.

Best of luck mate. Truly beautiful.

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All the best with this venture have loved the threads and your products look /are pure quality cant wait to come and have a listen.

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Another pair of Autographs just finished and delivered, these are veneered in maple with solid maple trim throughout, Audio Note silver and copper wired with Audio Note binding posts on a solid copper plate. Cross overs built by David Wright and housed in external cases with solid maple, walnut and copper detailing with Audio Note binding posts.

The pair in the first pictures of this thread are now for sale so please pm me if you are interested or for more information, the price for these is £12,000 which includes external cross overs and Tannoy Monitor Gold 15' drivers that were re coned last year.

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Lots of work happening here with various projects on the go so will update soon.

All my speakers are on display for demonstration in Brighton so feel free to pay us a visit,

Thanks for looking,

Simon.

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