And, this is my story. Since 1960, I loved music and audio equipment. And my journey began many years ago in my mother’s kitchen. I was about twelve years old and a member of the church choir. I could sort of sing but knew I would never be another Tom Jones! I loved all types of music and would spend hours listening to our Grundig. When mum was working, I used her bowls as a drum kit. The drumsticks were knitting needles, and I spent hours making a horrible noise but got better as time passed. This is my story.
The next step in my musical adventure was when I tried my father’s acoustic guitar. The guitar was his pride and joy and kept locked up under his bed. One day, the guitar was out by mistake and, that was the start of my musical experience! And, prompted me to get the Bert Weedon’ Play in a day’ guitar book and felt I was on my way to fame and fortune.
I very soon because a ‘Shadows,’ fan and would spend hours listening to the beautiful music they played. And, of course, trying to achieve ‘note perfect’ the same as Hank B. Marvin. Hank had such a captivating sound, and I wanted to also perform in the same manner. At school, I made my first electric guitar (which was a copy of the famous Fender Stratocaster. The guitar worked well and sounded great. And, decided to form a school group.
After a couple of weeks, I was able to get organised. The Deputy Headmaster played the drums, and the fitness instructor was on rhythm guitar. The drama master playing the bass guitar, and I played lead guitar. The music we played was taken from ‘The Shadows’ but, not quite as good as the real thing! We practised intently, became very proficient and performed at the school concert, and were a huge success. Today, people still remember Paul and the “Educators.”
After leaving school, I served a four-year apprenticeship in electrical and electronic Instrumentation. Which, gave me an excellent background in the basic understanding of electrical and electronics. Which, naturally tied in with all types of musical equipment. I was able to form my group (as most of us did in those days) and was fortunate to meet with some of the great artists who are still with us today: Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Jimi Hendricks, and Gary Moore, to name but a few. I was fortunate to see many of the groups performing live. And, actually got to play with some of them as the ‘back up ‘group. The Pretty Things, The Sex Pistols, and Boy Bastin. And, also spent time with Mathew Holt (Moody Blues) mixing ‘Pearly Brown.’
As time passed, so did my path. And, rather than play music, I began to work with live mixing and recording. I moved to Canada and set up a recording studio, which expanded into a film and video production studio. I became very professional in my approach to my work, and l loved to edit and mix the production. After a year, I had six employees working with me. We were producing videos for many well-known companies in Canada and had an excellent reputation in the industry.
I was always able to get a great mix and could create a musical picture. Also, positioning and re-positioning of audio equipment in the listening room came naturally to me. And, I was always ready to help friends and other groups set up their systems and to paint that musical picture. I loved the compliments and what I did. But, I never realised it would take me to where I am now!
In 1970 my direction once again changed because I had lost the urge to become rich and famous. I joined the Oil and Gas industry, which was a tremendous challenge, but at the same time, very rewarding. I visited different countries, and life was exciting because my work allowed me to keep up with my passion. Which, was ‘High-end audio.’ I was always able to buy the latest audio components that were available. And, I obtained one of the very first quadrophonic systems that came into the UK. This is my story
Oil and Gas
At the beginning of 2015, the oil and gas industry slowed down. Which told me the industry wanted a rest. As a result, many things began to change in my life as I also wanted a rest! I lived in Vilnius, Lithuania, and became friendly with a group of doctors who were all ‘Tannoy’ loudspeaker enthusiasts. My friends were always trying to get the best sound from their audio systems. And, I might add, my friends spent many frustrating hours. I had developed my technique, and when I was able to show my audio system set-up technique, my friends were impressed!
During the same year, I began experimenting with audio cables and eventually found something which worked well. One of my Doctor’s friends advised me to get a name for my cables and bring them into the marketplace. Why? Because my cables sounded so good! “Paul, every Audiophile needs to know about your cables.” Which was ‘Doctors orders.’ And, to cut a long story short, I created a website. This is my story
I think the biggest thing I have learned is we all hear sound differently. And this is one of the reasons why there is always so much discussion about cables. Do cables make a difference to the music heard? Well, to some people a big fat yes and to others no difference at all. You see, only you can be the judge because it is you and your ears that is the judge on whether you hear the difference a cable makes. I can certainly hear a difference in the quality of sound heard at the loudspeakers. This is my story
I love what I do and have learned so much over the past twenty-five years. And, it certainly does take time to learn how to do things the right way. I am now able to understand the importance of using the very best materials available. And, also utilising the best manufacturing companies to supply the components I require. One of the essential factors is customer satisfaction, and I love to read comments and reviews from existing and new customers. And, also enjoy building new cables as requested by a customer. Because, once you hear the quality of my cables, you will understand everything!
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