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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:05 am    Post subject: New member, ex KEF engineer. Hey, who's out there? Reply with quote

Hi all, Just stumbled across this site a few days ago and noticed that there are some ex KEF personel here.

My name is David Smith and I was an engineer at Maidstone from about 1982 to 1987, then moved back to the US and worked for the distributor in the Washington DC area.

My main projects were the pro models with the KM1 (with Rick Cicconi) the P60 and the redesign of the LS3/5a. I'd be happy to recount anything not yet wiped from the gray matter.

So who's out there? Speakerguru, did our years overlap? When I was there it was Mike Gough, Rick Cicconi, Andrew Jones, Phil Knight, Laurie and later Dick Small. Barbara Keene was our secretary. John Weller was lead draftsman (draughtsman?) John Miller in production?...running out of names.

Anyhow, love to hear from you all.

David
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 2:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's just us chickens here tonight. Embarassed
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 2:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy

Ok, seriously, there really are a lot of great people here! Then there are folks like me who are just casual members.... but at least I have an interest in Kef and own some Kef speakers.

Welcome!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:34 am    Post subject: Re: New member, ex KEF engineer. Hey, who's out there? Reply with quote

Welcome to the asylum Dave, and now abandon all hope... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Mike Gough, Rick Cicconi, Andrew Jones, Phil Knight, Laurie and later Dick Small.


He's in there somewhere Very Happy , so you have a PM.

A clue though; Speakerguru - "the KM1 took up most of my working life during the 80's."

Paraphrased from one of his posts, I couldn't find the one where he gives his dates of service. Embarassed

I'm the chap "who knows a bit" my pals (from various Hi-fi shows) being John Bowers and Laurie Fincham, as I knew all about laser speckle interferometry used by Leak/Wharfedale and was working for Courtaulds when they came up with Carbon Fibre and Kevlar.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A clue though; Speakerguru - "the KM1 took up most of my working life during the 80's."

Thats a lot of engineering time for a model that we sold, I think, about 50 units of.

Still we learned a lot that was applied to later models. The most unique aspect was a proper temperature protection circuit that injected a little current through mid and tweeter voice coils to calculate real time temperature (we were nervous about ferrofluid boiling). A later version had a circuit analog with short term and long term time constants to give an accurate simulation of temperature.

Eight Quad 405 modules pushing 150 watts each and it played "just about loud enough" to keep the chaps at BBC Maida Vale happy.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Either you're not David L. Smith or your grey cells are already letting you down! En(ric)o Cecconi will be very dissapointed you couldn't remember how to spell his name after all those years together. Likewise Barbara Keill.

Welcome to the forum anyway. PM sent.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

welcome and please stay, from another simple owner.

It's great to have first hand knowledge from actual Kef engineers like Guru and yourself, and experts like Colin to help us keep alive the memories and history of a world class leading British company from it's greatest era.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree, you only have to look at the forums of other famous loudspeakers, mainly USA. Not a patch on the KEF Forum!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 5:28 pm    Post subject: Re: New member, ex KEF engineer. Hey, who's out there? Reply with quote

dsmith wrote:
... and later Dick Small.


What were his parents thinking? Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 1:45 am    Post subject: Re: New member, ex KEF engineer. Hey, who's out there? Reply with quote

dsmith wrote:
Hi all, Just stumbled across this site a few days ago and noticed that there are some ex KEF personel here.

My name is David Smith and I was an engineer at Maidstone from about 1982 to 1987, then moved back to the US and worked for the distributor in the Washington DC area.

My main projects were the pro models with the KM1 (with Rick Cicconi) the P60 and the redesign of the LS3/5a. I'd be happy to recount anything not yet wiped from the gray matter.

So who's out there? Speakerguru, did our years overlap? When I was there it was Mike Gough, Rick Cicconi, Andrew Jones, Phil Knight, Laurie and later Dick Small. Barbara Keene was our secretary. John Weller was lead draftsman (draughtsman?) John Miller in production?...running out of names.

Anyhow, love to hear from you all.

David


Hi David,

Not sure if you are still around and keeping an eye on this forum.

I joined KEF the year after you left, and the names you've mentioned I recognise....

See if you recall any of these (other than those you've mentioned) - most have long since left, either after the company went into receivership, or through retirement or were made redundant by Gold Peak, when production switched to China:

Frances Long (receptionist and "switchboard") - one of the most long serving and loyal employees who worked at KEF - hers was the first voice you heard if anyone phoned KEF.

Peter Gaskarth (Chairman)
Bill Angell (Finance Dir.)
David Gray (finance manager)
Colin Goodman (Production Dir.)
Alex Munro (Sales Dir., then Managing Dir.)
David Inman (RIP) (Marketing Dir.)
David O'Malley (sales manager)
Doug Watson (Production Dir, moved to Meridian)
John Belsey (export shipping)
Tricia Williamson (UK and export sales dept)

Audrey Trafford (secretary to Raymond Cooke)
Dawn Boatfield (secretary to Dir's then in sales, recently retired)
Lucy ? (secretary to Marketing Dir)

Sylvana Still-Ruch (bought ledger & wages)
Peter Hart (accounts)

Dennis White (draughtsman)
Adrian Hart (no 4 building)
Joan Bottle (drive unit production)
Bob the glueman
Neil Foreman (site maintenance)
Bert Lingham (production / tool room)

Ken Russell (service manager)
Pam Saunders (service secretary)

Dave Bottle (warehouse mgr)
Dave Vaughan (warehouse)

Clive Pitt (quality inspector)

Roy Purse (raw materials buyer)
Andy Germaney (r.m. buyer)
Paul Matthews (goods in)

Tim Barton (IT dept)

I think I'll stop there, though there are a few names on the tip of my tongue, who I should really add to this list, if I can recall them !!
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