QUAD ESL REPAIRS QUAD ESL RESTORATIONS CUSTOM QUAD ESL SPEAKERS DESIGNED & BUILT
This selection may raise some eyebrows, but there is something, well, disproportionate about our Golden Ear Award not numbering among its recipients the speaker that tops every list or poll know to me of the greatest audio products ever made. Currency? Try this for starters: At least half a dozen Reviewers here and in the U.K. still include this sixty-year-old design (!) among their standing references, including two from this magazine (Jim Hannon and myself).
Availability? It's the rare week that ebay doesn't contain one or more pairs for sale. Strike your best bargain, then ship them off to Quads Unlimited of Longwood, Florida (www.quadsunlimited.us), where
for $2300/pr. Wayne Picquet – one of the most highly regarded 57 restorers in the world – will bring them to pristine condition physically, aesthetically and sonically. Or have him provide both the 57's and the restoration for $3600/pr. The operative word is restoration: Picquet does not, perish the thought, "modify" 57's (though he will fit IEC power-cords and Edison-Price binding posts if desired), he restores them to original condition, except that it's doubtful the Quad factory under Peter Walker on the best day of his life ever built 57s with the fit, finish, and attention to detail that is lavished upon every pair that leaves Picquet's shop. Worth it? To own a classic that still eclipses most of the competition? You're joking, right?
Price: Make your best offer