Four – was it Quadrophonic? The sound of the seventies – Can you remember many years ago when we had the stereo LP and then along came to the CD. Then along came the amazing quadrophonic LP and what a revelation that was. Instead of two speakers, there were four speakers!
Back in time
Back in the ’70s, I was into everything you could imagine and I was always looking to get the best sound I could. And, from whatever system I had at the time. When the Quadrophonic sound was introduced I jumped at the chance to hear something a bit different.
I was one of the very first people living in Norfolk England at that time to own a Quadrophonic system. And, my friends would come round to listen and would always be totally amazed at what they heard.
I was able or order a JVC quadraphonic amplifier as they had just been introduced. Also, had four Leek 600 sandwich speakers and a Technics turntable. Which, included a quadrophonic cartridge. I must add at this point, I knew nothing at all about power cords and cables. And, just had the standard cables that were supplied. But, the sound at that time was really great. And, can still remember how it sounded even after all these years!
One evening we had a great party with some of my friends who played guitar and drums. I was playing bass. The party ended up with 128 people in my front room. And, today, people still talk about Paul’s party at Acle!
Having said that there was one thing that really got on my nerves and that was the sound of the static. Static is a killer and gradually builds up. What I did to combat this, was to build a “Drip” feed. Yes, just like in the hospital. I fitted a bottle over my system and fed a very thin tube onto the tonearm. And, a couple of drops of glue and filled it with distilled water.
When the record played it became wet. Which, meant, the surface was wey but, the sound was perfect. absolutely nothing in the way of interference. And so I had done something really good and was pleased with my achievement. I know that static is a real killer but today we have anti-static guns, sprays, mats, pads and all sorts of clever things to help us!
Where did it go?
So, where did the quadrophonic system go and why? This is something, I think was to do with money. Because it cost so much to set up a really good system. And, at the time it was just not viable to produce the records. And so it gradually died but, what a pity it did.
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