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18 minutes ago, initforthemusic said:

Recall that Brand Name. Were there Speakers made under that Name as well?

It's possible that Douglas also made speakers under the Linear Design name, but I'm not sure.

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I use to live for copies of GoSet. NM Express and Melody Maker...and scour their pages for any mention of King Crimson the ELP...and then retreat to Chris Winter's Room to Move on the ABC FM Radio eve

Did you watch those woofers pump "ALL NIGHT LONG!"

I thought Bourke St??

The BJD  factory was at one time located in Box Hill . Speaker cabinets and assembly took place there and Linear Design was one of the models manufactured there and sometime later the Jensen brand  became the main product.

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10 hours ago, initforthemusic said:

Recall that Brand Name. Were there Speakers made under that Name as well?

 

Yes indeed there were. I had a 2-in-one Linear Design amp and TT with the Linear Design speakers. Paper cones with brown foam grilles. Used to go quite loud too.

 

Of course in those days THD was just an acronym :)

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On 10/02/2020 at 10:35 AM, audiofeline said:

"Linear Design" was the Douglas house brand turntable, I believe they had two models. 

Anyone have any idea which company manufactured these turntables? 

 

Have an idea it was JVC. Remember wondering why 2 identical turntables had 2 different "Brand Names"

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On 10/02/2020 at 10:35 AM, audiofeline said:

"Linear Design" was the Douglas house brand turntable, I believe they had two models. 

Anyone have any idea which company manufactured these turntables? 

 

 

11 minutes ago, Winterspace said:

Have an idea it was JVC. Remember wondering why 2 identical turntables had 2 different "Brand Names"

 

JVC JL-A1 was the LD-500

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I was in my late teens and I remember starting off drinking at the Mitre Tavern then a slow stagger up to Douglas hifi in Bourke St and blowing my entire holiday pay on a pair of Cerwin Vegas. Get this they delivered them for me the next week. (Mum signed for them) Speakers still going strong after refoam.. wish I could same the same for my hearing

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On 04/02/2020 at 1:14 PM, PositivelyMusicallyGeared said:

I would introduce a boy who was curious enough to come into my shop, if I ran one, to some wonderful music.

Ummmmm 😳

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Nothing beats Trevor Lees (Kew junction) on a Saturday morning....with two brothers duelling....

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3 minutes ago, pulinap said:

Nothing beats Trevor Lees (Kew junction) on a Saturday morning....with two brothers duelling....

 

I used to go just for the show! Then I worked there :shocked:

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4 minutes ago, Tubularbells said:

 

I used to go just for the show! Then I worked there :shocked:

The show itself is worth going there.......and what a show it was....!

I assume they are no longer in operation...?

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6 minutes ago, pulinap said:

Nothing beats Trevor Lees (Kew junction) on a Saturday morning....with two brothers duelling....

What do you mean Saturday morning! 
 

I use to drop in there as I go from job to job!   Place was small and everything everywhere!   I remember the pair of Martin Logins ESL he had there, gee they were nice!    Then he had those 6ft ribbons they got into that sound Shiite with that 180uf  wet by polar in series,  what a disaster,  of only they knew I actually bought a pair through the back door at a reduction and modified them with MKPs,  if only Trevor heard these now he’ll be remarketing them!   😜

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2 minutes ago, pulinap said:

The show itself is worth going there.......and what a show it was....!

I assume they are no longer in operation...?

Trevor's now based in Sydney with a new life and Chris is still plugging away at the online thing last I heard.

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2 minutes ago, Addicted to music said:

What do you mean Saturday morning! 
 

I use to drop in there as I go from job to job!   Place was small and everything everywhere!   I remember the pair of Martin Logins ESL he had there, gee they were nice!    Then he had those 6ft ribbons they got into that sound Shiite with that 180uf  wet by polar in series,  what a disaster,  of only they knew I actually bought a pair through the back door at a reduction and modified them with MKPs,  if only Trevor heard these now he’ll be remarketing them!   😜

 

Ohhh I got stories but alas this is a Douglas HiFi thread so i'll save for another time.

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I have still have the TEAC 4 channel tape deck (still runnihg but not sure if it is working) I  bought from the Bourke st store as well as the 8 channel TEAC mixer. From Encel I still have the Nakamichi ZX7 cassette deck.

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On 06/07/2020 at 3:55 PM, Tubularbells said:

Ohhh I got stories [of Tivoli HiFi in Melbourne] but alas this is a Douglas HiFi thread so i'll save for another time.

Maybe a thread should be created on Tivoli. 

 

I've never been to the store (except briefly once a few years ago), so haven't had any personal experience of the brothers.  But I have become aware that they were colourful characters, and certainly contributed to the Melbourne audio scene for many years.  I do enjoy hearing stories from the audio industry of past years (and the "Melbourne memories" thread here has documented a few of those stories and continued the mystique). 

 

 

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I worked at Douglas HiFi in the 80s after it was bought by Brashes but still trading as Douglas HiFi. I started in the Midcity store which was a blast. There wasn’t the corporate feel of the parent company so we were a bit more cowboy than our Brashs counterparts. Friday nights the management team would pop across the road for a few beers while the sales team did their thing. Some night a pair of Big Linear design speakers would be on the footpath outside banging away for the entertainment of the workers on their way home. Did an Anzac Day sale in Nunawading and sold a ton of gear on the day. In the 70s, they used to have a line of a,ps, speakers and turntables branded Linear Design. Not audiophile stuff but made the right noises for the money. I bought a pair of Jensen 6 speakers and and Kenwood amp from them. Fully imported Jensens from memory. They also used to import all the parts and have BJD make the cabinets. I have a pair of the BJD cab Jensens 6s now. Great fun working for Douglas but when Brashs decided to brand all the stores as Brashs stores, the corporate mentality sort of killed the vibe. Once the business was bought from the Brash family and they tried to introduce white goods, the end was nigh. A sad end to a business 120-odd years old. 

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I use to live for copies of GoSet. NM Express and Melody Maker...and scour their pages for any mention of King Crimson the ELP...and then retreat to Chris Winter's Room to Move on the ABC FM Radio every Monday night...I had my life pretty much mapped out then...

Then Douglas Hi-Fi for my first Stereo...then I discovered how weed improved the sound of my stereo instantly...then life got in the way and I was too young to say No...Yes...Maybe...and the current just dragged me away...

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Used to sell base model at Douglas Perth 400 dollars, ld100 speakers, amp and turntable. It is only the LD1000 speakers dreadful 2 way 2x 8 and tweeter in large vinyl wrapped box with single capacitor for cover.

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