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5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Word on The First Chapter of English Hi-Fi, 14 Jun 2006
This review is from: The EMG Story (Hardcover)
Whether you're a committed "gramophile", hi-fi buff, EMG enthusiast or someone who simply wants a good read about a rarely discussed British company from the past, this book comes highly recommended.

Charting the formation of EMG Handmade Gramophones back in the early 1920's through its early successes to the eventual split from the company of one of its founder members, Michael Ginn, who would subsequently go on to found Expert Handmade Gramophones, this well written and immensely readable book opens the door on the history of two rivalling English companies who simultaneously were attempting to create the world's greatest acoustic gramophone.

Until the arrival of this book, very little was known about the events which led up to the break-up or indeed the formation of the Expert company at all. The author has extensively researched his subject and luckily (as he describes in the Foreword) chosen the right time to do it - shortly after many historical files and much information would have otherwise been destroyed and lost forever.

The progression of gramophone models emanating from both companies is well catalogued and the reader (likely already an enthusiast) will anticipate what's coming next over each page.

There are many photographs of gramophones the likes of which many will never see again. To read this book is to understand how many great British companies of the early to mid 1900's achieved in small ways something significant and whose products were cherished by earlier generations. The demise of both companies perhaps says as much about the post-war industrial changes and attitudes and expectations of the British buying public as anything else.

Without a doubt this book will provide an informative background and useful reference to the newcomer who has heard of either of these companies and maybe stands at the door of a future collecting venture. For the initiated collector or curious historian this will very likely be the last word on what many consider was the first chapter of what became known as Hi-Fi.
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