When I first discussed with my colleagues and Richard Swettenham about re-issuing the Type-69 while at the same satisfy RS’s demands to improve upon the original.
Not I or RS had the funds to warrant stripping down an Original Lustraphone TX, as today an Original can demand $5,000 plus and without an original Lustraphone $1000 on a good day, net loss $4,000,
Due to the skills and experiences of Brian Sowter we ended up with an improved spec regarding the Transformer with very little to almost no loss of the original Type-69 sound
So I have taken it on board for many years now, that maybe an original Lustraphone version could be a seller, to partner our currant very desired Re-Issue Type-69 that we manufacture today, which I and many others prefer the sound of.
Nevertheless each to his or her own, so I will announce here and now, that we have now the funds and have therefore instructed Brian Sowter to carry out the same task utilising both Brian’s 50 years of experience most being likely the longest in Britain, coupled with his skills most likely being the finest available in Britain, to strip our Lustraphone and make us our own clone of the Lustraphone.
Remember Brian was very active with Transformer Design at the same time as Lustraphone, and Brian was Richard Swettenham's choice in the final years of Helios Electronics Ltd Part-1, and Brian will continue to be of service with Helios Electronics Ltd, Part-2.
Brian has excepted the task to carry out a similar reverse engineering job by stripping down our Lustraphone to its bare parts using the same wire gauge, same size, and grade of lamination and specification, the size of the custom manufactured bobbin which will also be the same, as will the wiring techniques. to find out its secrets.
This new clone of the Original Lustraphone Transformer will be offered to all of our currant clients as an update with a small cost of around $40 per module it will also be available as a choice for any of our new clients as to which model they would prefer to purchase.
We hope to have this done within a couple of months
After one year we will Post our findings for those who may be interested.
Tony Arnold (Director),
Helios Electronics Ltd, www.helios