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British hi-fi brand Leak returns with its first product in 40 years

Mel_Lambert

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Is the company still located on the Westway Factory Estate in West London? Leak was a much-admired brand with some astonishing technical achievements several decades back.
 

Jonty

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Is the company still located on the Westway Factory Estate in West London? Leak was a much-admired brand with some astonishing technical achievements several decades back.
Good news - it really looks the part. The old factory was demolished some years ago, but Rank had integrated Leak with Wharfedale in Yorkshire long before that.
John Leak
 

Jonty

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The Hillman Minx was indeed a horrible car - we used to joke about its rubber steering arms. Try thinking Jaguar Mark II; that's the market Leak always aimed at, and the retro look will appeal to many.
John Leak
 

Deccatech

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Hello John
As a schoolboy in the 60's I saved up about £20 - and my parents gave me the rest - to purchase a Stereo 30 plus. I still have it. I have spent a lifetime in this industry and at 67 years young repair all things audio especially such 'retro' products. I was intrigued to see the surname Leak on your replies. I'd love to know how this new product has surfaced when I thought that the Leak name had been lost to Rank and then sadly evaporated as with so many fine audio marques.
Wishing you the very best and many years, built on Harold's outstanding achievements.
With kind regards
Peter
 

Jonty

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Hello Peter
Thanks for the kind sentiments. Can I guess from your handle that you worked for Decca?
So much rubbish is said and written about hifi. Not long before his death in 1989 I told my father that people were collecting his old valve amplifiers and that prices were shooting up. ‘Must be mad’, he replied, ‘totally obsolete, all that weight, heat, and unreliable valves. Why don’t they buy decent modern stuff?’ But I think he was pleased really.
The design parameters for the original Stereo 30 included that it should be cheaper to make and sell, and that it should sound at least as good as the valve equipment. Simple as that.
Kind regards
John
 
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Hello all,
I was the proud owner of a Delta 70 amplifier bought age 18 with wages from my Saturday job (in a Hi-Fi store). I still think the styling is sublime. It had great current delivery for the time. Great to see a such a marque with a rich tradition returning. My speakers of the time were 2-way Richard Allan kits with 12" woofer and 3" tweeter. Happy days!
Kind regards
Rob
 

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