Wayne is our Quad ESL-57 swordsmith, a man who has spent more than 25 years honing his craft: the creation of a speaker that bests the original in every respect, and arguably is the finest loudspeaker of its kind in the world. Like any great craftsman, Wayne does things that most customers will probably never see and never appreciate. I recently replaced my aging bass and tweeter panels with Wayne’s and compared them with the vaunted originals. It wasn’t even close. Not only was Wayne’s build quality vastly superior, their performance was unparalleled. I tested all panels with an SPL meter in tightly controlled conditions and found that the tweeter panels were within 1 dB of each other and the bass panels 2 dB at all tested frequencies. This can only be achieved with fanatical attention to detail. And the sound?… Simply wonderful! Anyone who hasn’t heard one of Wayne’s rebuilds hasn’t really heard what this speaker is capable of. But most importantly, Wayne’s meticulous nature is matched by his character. He stands 100 percent behind what he does and if there is any problem he takes care of it and then some. He is a great person to deal with and a credit to himself and his customers. The Quad ESL-57 community is very lucky that he is in business. If this were Japan, we would call him “sensei!”
William Steele (October 2015)
Wayne, I thought I’d heard Quads ESL 57s before – having owned maybe a dozen pairs over the years, starting in high school. But previous pairs didn’t prepare me for what I heard when I firedup my long-anticipated Wayne Picquet set the first time. They sound like ESL 57s, yes – not gussied up in any artificial way – and the voice remains true and unmistakably “Quad.” But it’s far more emphatic, engaging, dynamic and extended on both ends of the spectrum than anything I’ve ever heard from ESLs. In particular, I’m genuinely amazed at the bass: a deep, controlled, forceful, musical foundation. Then there’s the gorgeous cosmetic work – and a sense of confidence these units are going to work, and work right, every time.
Peter Walker would want a pair. He’d say, “Right there’s what I’m talking about.” It’s the Master’s Voice.
Thanks for perfecting and realizing his vision.
Ken Askew (June 2012)
I haven’t had in this society many better standards of excellence than Mr. Wayne Picquet. Without being too obsequious may I say, any better. I am used to being screwed around, but the results of Mr. Picquet’s repairs of my ESL’s has been exemplary. They look beautiful and sound magnificent.
John Penrod (January 2012)
I had a set of ESL63’s bought in 1982 when I was in England which I was unable to listen to for more than two decades as it had developed a problem
while I was in India and there was no way of getting it fixed there. When I came to the US, the ESL 63’s followed several years. Fortunately, I was directed to contact Wayne Picquet through Affordable Audio in Venice, California. Off the units went and when they got back…what could I say except thank you Wayne for bringing back music into my life after decades of vexation. You ARE the best !!
Nandan Bhatt (February 2011)
I am listening to the speakers as I type this. The looks are stunning. ~ actually beyond stunning. They look like artwork. You are a miracle worker.
The sound is ultra-excellent and keeps improving. I had forgotten just how “right” these speakers are. Clearly the finest sound my listening room has ever experienced. I am just gobsmacked by them. I’ll report back soon, but right now, I am beyond happy. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Mark MacWilliams (December 2009)
I’ve owned my Quad 57’s for 22 years and just had them rebuilt by Wayne. Wow! That’s just about all I can say. There is depth and detail to the bass I never knew Quads were capable of, and remarkable clarity and texture bottom to top. Look great too!
Larry Fisher (October 2008)
I’ve now been using a full set of Wayne’s ESL57 panels (and power supplies) for over 18 months. They were superb when installed and now sound even better. What a great resource for Quad owners!
Alan Rose (July 2008)
I have owned Quads since 1975, and Wayne’s new Custom 5 panel 63’s with mahogany frames are astounding. PK is in a class by himself. Thanks for a great job. My only regret is not getting them sooner.
Barry Taymen (May 2008)
Six months after installing a set of Wayne’s Quad ESL57 panels and power supplies, the Quads sound even better, and without question better than when I purchased them new in 1972! A terrific product and a great guy to work with.
Alan Rose (September 2007)
I’ve just installed a complete set of Wayne Picquet’s Quad ESL57 panels and HV power blocks. The transparency of sound, the accuracy and the frequency range they produce are superb. Wayne was very helpful.
Alan Rose (April 2007)
Bought a pair of fully restored PK special quad 57s from Wayne. Masterful job, great guy to deal with and by the way, you guys who have not heard these have no idea what you’re missing. Seriously. 50 years later… Amazing!
Suresh Maximun (July 2007)
I recently had Wayne do a stacked pair for me. I was not prepared for what I received back in terms of the worksmanship and sonics. When I alternate with my $40,000 Stradivari, the PK stack easily holds its own and betters it in certain areas.
Tim Stella (March 2007)
Excellent job of repairing two panels on my Quad 63’s. Quick turnaround and timely status communication. Very, very good attention to detail and craftsman-like work. Highly recommended.
Jay Willis (March 2007)
Long live Peter Walker’s little wonder, the Quad 57. And thanks to Wayne Picquet, the ‘Peter Walker of Quad restorations,’ it still has a lot of life left in it. Wayne restores the original sound , beautiful beyond description…and actually improves upon it.
Paul Seydor (December 2006)
Purchased replacement bass panels for Quad 57, very impressed with performance, quality and service. The panels are quiet, nice looking, and easy to install with the solder posts he uses.
William Steele (June 2006)
Wayne did an amazing job on the restoration of my Quad ESL’s. The attention to detail was superb. He has thought of so many things that go into a great looking and sounding vintage speaker. He kept in touch as well, which helped with my angst.
Paul Wyman (September, 2005)
PK is the Quad God! Everything exceeded my already high expectations.
David Lucky (March 2004)
I was so pleased with my first Quads 57 that I had PK build me Stacked Quads.
Jonathan Blake Tavelstead (July 2003)
I pity the Quad ESL lover who doesn’t have this done.
So good I got a second pair, stacked them and sold my Avantgarde Duos.
James Walker (January & March 2003)
Awesome! The best service by a guy who knows his stuff!
Jonathan Halpern (August 2002)
Excellent service and product. Brilliant recreation of Quad 57.
Mike Cassidy (July 2002)
Fantastic craftsmanship and attention to detail at very reasonable prices.
Frank Goldfarb (March 2002)
PK’s workmanship and attention to detail is amazing. Highly recommended!
Hector Acevedo (March 2002)