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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:48 pm    Post subject: Happy Birthday Reply with quote

Since KEF was founded 50 years ago. Exclamation
Congratulations and thanks for all the beautifull stuff they have given us so far.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're welcome. A big thank you to all the KEF afficionados who directly and indirecly kept me employed for nearly 25 years.

I was at the London birthday lunch on Tuesday and came away with my "goody bag" of book, cd and cake. The book is very impressive with lots of interviews from past empoyees, including Malcolm Jones. I have only flicked through it so far, so I can't comment much on the content just yet. What I can say is that Andrew Watson has done a very thorough job of putting together data and photos for virtually all the KEF Models, including some very old rarities.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

speakerguru wrote:
You're welcome. A big thank you to all the KEF afficionados who directly and indirecly kept me employed for nearly 25 years.

I was at the London birthday lunch on Tuesday and came away with my "goody bag" of book, cd and cake. The book is very impressive with lots of interviews from past empoyees, including Malcolm Jones. I have only flicked through it so far, so I can't comment much on the content just yet. What I can say is that Andrew Watson has done a very thorough job of putting together data and photos for virtually all the KEF Models, including some very old rarities.


Hi

Nice to hear about the party, happy Bday KEF !

Is that book a private edition available to ex-Kef people only or can it be bought somewhere ?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy birthday from me too.

KEF has always been my favorite loudspeaker manufacturer. Always in the forefront of technology, always trying new things, and mostly DIY friendly in the '70s.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thierry wrote:
Is that book a private edition available to ex-Kef people only or can it be bought somewhere ?


Re the big "coffee table" book, they said it was going on sale but I haven't found it via Google yet. I'll make enquiries.

The smaller 50yr history can be downloaded as a pdf from the KEF website: http://www.kef.com/thefifty/#
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems a great book to me, please let me know if you found out how to achieve it.
Does the book have an ISBN number?
Since most of us here kinda grew up with Kef it is a real must-have.
BTW, you make me jealous by telling about 25 years of work with Kef, you are a blessed man, don't ever forget that!!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the link, the pdf was interesting. Actually I never realised that the GP that took over Kef was the same as my rechargable batteries brand. Nothing much about Malcolm Jones and Kef links with Falcon over the years?

Kef certainly was one of the great British companies.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ISBN is 978 988 15427 4 8 (sic)

It will be on sale through Amazon "in a few weeks". I didn't get a firm date.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Guru,
we'll wait and see!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 12:10 pm    Post subject: Happy birthday Reply with quote

It is nice to note that companies like Kef and JBL have survived trough the years, even people who created these companies have sold their creations.

I suppose that sound original ideas are reason for that we can celebrate 50th aniversaries.

But as Ed Dell pointed in editorial of AudioXpress some time ago. There is always time to retire and let others to continue. Ed felt that at 90 he might have other interests too.

Long live Kef and thanks for giving us products that are interesting, even being decades out of production.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm hoping for a gratis copy as I contributed sme material to KK. (Also to his Quad and the McIntosh book. I should get royalties!)

I was just looking at the KEF 50 years site. I love the picture of Raymond with a goatee!

Happy B'Day KEF!

David S.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried to buy a copy of the book in Gloucestershire on Saturday... and was told that it is available in the USA but not here and not yet.

Why has USA have to be 1st with everything? Crying or Very sad

Ho hum. About $90 in the states, so I suppose it will hit £100 here?

http://www.stereophile.com/content/kef-50-years-innovation-sound
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy birthday, KEF!!!!!! One of the finest speaker companies in the world and I hope they keep building on their success.

There's something about UK speakers that just sound so right!

proffski wrote:
Why has USA have to be 1st with everything?


We usually have to wait for releases in Canada, too.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

proffski wrote:
Ho hum. About $90 in the states, so I suppose it will hit £100 here?


Rumour at the UK party was £50.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:47 am    Post subject: Book Now on sale in UK Reply with quote

Hi,

If you go to the KEF UK site and select KEF Direct, you can now buy the book for £60.

I bought a copy and it is very good. Its not just a coffee table book of photos, but has some good history, warts and all.

Alan
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