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Memories of Laskys

Between 1978 & 82 I purchased most of my (then) kit from Laskys, Kingston. It was like Aladdins cave for a teenager. They did some fantastic brands in hi-fi at the time. Names ranging from Hitachi, JVC, AR, Wharfedale and such like.


I remember chaining my cycle to a drain pipe outside and walking into this heaven. I bought my first styli for a Goldring G800 cartridge I had rigged to a home-made turntable.


Does anyone have memories of Laskys either at Kingston or some other branch?

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plastic penguin:

Between 1978 & 82 I purchased most of my (then) kit from Laskys


Does anyone have memories of Laskys either at Kingston or some other branch?



Bought my first CD player (Yamaha) from the Leeds branch in 1994 after my pioneer hi-fi got nicked!

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Spent many happy hours wandering up and down Tottenham Court Road in the early 70s. Seemed to be the HiFi capital of the country with loads of shops selling hifi gear. Laskys was one of the bigger stores if memory serves me right.


Bought my Sansui AU222 amp there. Lovely bit of kit.

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plastic penguin:

Between 1978 & 82 I purchased most of my (then) kit from Laskys, Kingston. It was like Aladdins cave for a teenager. They did some fantastic brands in hi-fi at the time. Names ranging from Hitachi, JVC, AR, Wharfedale and such like.


I remember chaining my cycle to a drain pipe outside and walking into this heaven. I bought my first styli for a Goldring G800 cartridge I had rigged to a home-made turntable.


Does anyone have memories of Laskys either at Kingston or some other branch?

Sure do, Laskys Richmond Branch. Bought several bits from them inc Sansui SR212 Deck, Trio Amp[forget model] and Goodmans Planar Speakers. Goldring G800 Cartridge also. Embarrassed

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I bought my very first 'proper' hifi from Laskys on Corporation Street in Birmingham. Yamaha amp and CD player, Mission speakers.

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Simon Lucas:I bought my very first 'proper' hifi from Laskys on Corporation Street in Birmingham. Yamaha amp and CD player, Mission speakers.


Did you award them 4 or 5 stars? Wink

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It may be hard to believe from my picture (or from the happy hour we spent over a pint in the pub next door, PP), but this was many years ago when I was but a callow youth and mightily impressed with myself. So yes, five stars all the way.

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Lurking behind Tottenham Court Road back in the early 1980s was the Cornflake shop.

I was up in London a lot back then for various courses and visited the guys there a few times. First time I ever heard the Pink Triangle deck. (Prince Purple rain I recall). I never asked to listen to anything they had not already set-up for demo.

They were supposed to be appointment only but never turned me away. The few times I went there the shop was quiet. (I would buy something like a brush or cleaning fluid so as not to be a complete time-waster despite the fact that I could afford little of their stock.)

Looks like they are still going and still doing high end hifi installations.

 

 

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Simon Lucas:It may be hard to believe from my picture (or from the happy hour we spent over a pint in the pub next door, PP), but this was many years ago when I was but a callow youth and mightily impressed with myself. So yes, five stars all the way.



And yet still of the CD generation...

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chebby:

Lurking behind Tottenham Court Road back in the early 1980s was the Cornflake shop.

I was up in London a lot back then for various courses and visited the guys there a few times. First time I ever heard the Pink Triangle deck. (Prince Purple rain I recall). I never asked to listen to anything they had not already set-up for demo.

They were supposed to be appointment only but never turned me away. The few times I went there the shop was quiet. (I would buy something like a brush or cleaning fluid so as not to be a complete time-waster despite the fact that I could afford little of their stock.)

Looks like they are still going and still doing high end hifi installations.

 

 



Fantastic shop. Had my first Rega vs Gyro demo there...

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remember purchasing some mission speakers from the preston branch in the mid seventies, always lusted after the ferrograph reel to reel recorders and revox amps, which i could never afford then, ended up with a sony reel to reel and a pioneer amp

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grimmers:remember purchasing some mission speakers from the preston branch in the mid seventies, always lusted after the ferrograph reel to reel recorders and revox amps, which i could never afford then, ended up with a sony reel to reel and a pioneer amp


My first amp upgrade was a Pioneer SA-706 from them.


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My limited association with Lasky's - visiting the Sheffield branch with my uncle and cousin when I was about five years old.

But, in the last few weeks...

...I have bought from Ebay an Audiotronic tuner for a fiver. I believe this was Lasky's own-brand, as Audiotronic was the name of their parent company. Either way, it was made in Japan and sounds great. The fact it's immaculate is a bonus.

And then yesterday I picked up a pair of c.1981 Mordaunt Short Festival Series 2 speakers from the original owner. And he bought them in the Preston branch of Lasky's.

Small world, non???

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I bought a pair of KEF Codas from the Leeds Branch about '84 - they sounded fantastic with my NAD 3020

But some of the staff were rude - and looked down on you

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Simon Lucas:I bought my very first 'proper' hifi from Laskys on Corporation Street in Birmingham. Yamaha amp and CD player, Mission speakers.

I'd forgotten there used to be a pub there! Was that on the corner which later became a bank?


I remember every Saturday (back when we were still at school), me and a couple of mates would go into town looking round all the hi-fi shops - Laskys, Fields, Richer, the JVC shop on the corner near one of the lower Temple Streets, which the name escapes me, and the Sony Centre. I remember we went into Laskys one day and there was this huge JVC separates system in a rack, looking like a huge midi system in a cabinet, and there was Dire Strait's Alchemy in the CD player. My mate was pressing a load of buttons trying to get it to work. After much fiddling, nothing was happening, so we started to walk away. As we did, it came in mid track, extremely loud, with everyone turning there heads as we walked away rather quickly.....


I won't even tell you what track we were testing out portable stereos with (using a Maxell XLIIS tape of course).......


Used to love that shop. Used to have the well known AR speaker range and EB101 t/t, Dual CS503 t/t's, big Mission standmounters (707's I think?), a load of fancy graphic equalisers, particularly the mesmerising one that had presets, so you pressed a button and the sliders moved on their own (Sansui If I remember rightly), big Bose floorstanders, Marantz top end CD players, in fact they used to have Meridian's first CD player in there too. Aaaah, it's all coming back to me now.......

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Bought my first CD player from the Liverpool store in 85. Bought it because on the same day Peter Gabriels's So was released on CD.


Yamaha - got memories of it being £270.....lasted 13 months then the laser went - heartbroken at the time as in those days there were no fit for purpose guarantees. It took me years to pay off the store card on it...


Shame, the Liverpool store's a bookies now. Sad thing is, other than Richer Sounds, there is no longer a hifi store in the city centre

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