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GDPR - General Data Protection Regulations & Privacy Policy
We’ve made some updates to GB Audio’s Privacy Policy to give you more power over your personal information and to support new European data protection laws. Our new policies come into effect on May 24, 2018.
Here are the key updates:

1. We’ve restructured our Privacy Policy to make it clearer for you to understand the data we have, how we use it and your choices.

2. We’ve made it even clearer for you to control the emails you receive from us, and how your information is used. You can check our Privacy Policy online at any time and you can contact us to opt out or change your contact preferences at any time by email or phone.

3. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us — we’re happy to help.  See our Full
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New Denon DN300Z
We are pleased to introduce the DN-300Z. Combining the best of disc, wireless, and solid-state media playback, the Denon Professional DN-300Z is an all-in-one audio player you can count on when the whole room is listening. Ideal for front-of-house, education, music & rehearsal studios, houses of worship, restaurants and more, it has an answer to every request — all consolidated into a compact 1RU design. The DN-300Z accommodates the media of both today and tomorrow, in formats easily accessible to any user. The DN300Z will ship January 2015. top

Yamaha JA1801A bass driver Yamaha NS10 and NS10M Studio. We are no longer offering support or parts for these monitors.


 Crown PCC160 unidirectional boundary microphone The Crown PCC160 (and Crown's whole PZM microphone range) has now been re-introduced in Europe, compliant with the EU 2002/95/EC Directive. The PCC160 has been unavailable throughout Europe since 2006 when the Directive came into force. Crown were slow to address the compliance issue but it's great to know that these superb mics are available to buy in UK again. Special re-launch offer price £299.00 while stocks last.

Bootleg Beatles at Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline May 2013 (Bootleg) Beatlemania

May 2013. The Bootleg Beatles played a one-off gig to a lively audience at a packed Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline. Vintage backline equipment - drums, amps, piano & stage equipment - was supplied by GB Audio.


Bootleg Beatles at Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline May 2013 Bootleg Beatles at Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline May 2013  top

Enter The Dragon

Opening Ceremony, Taoist Tai Chi Centre, Edinburgh

April 2013 saw the opening of Scotland's newest Taoist Tai Chi centre at Meadowbank, Edinburgh. Amid dancing dragons and Tai Chi demonstrations, VIPs, members and guests were treated to a spectacular week of festivities, food and classes to mark the opening of the centre, following its transformation from a derelict 1000m² supermarket.
GB Audio provided production services for the event including hire of a Shermann high definition sound system, wireless mics and a temporary 6m x 3m stage.

 Taoist Tai Chi Centre, Edinburgh Opening Ceremony, Taoist Tai Chi Centre, Edinburgh More on the Taoist site.                top

Paloma Faith video for "Never Tear Us Apart" with GPO TE29 vintage microphone supplied by GB Audio Keep the Faith - GB Audio recently supplied a GPO TE29 vintage microphone to Riff-Raff Films to shoot on Paloma Faith's new video "Never Tear Us Apart". The iconic period microphone was chosen for its visual appeal which fits with the period styling of the video. We think she looks great - and so does Paloma...


Photo courtesy of PalomaFaithVevo



Neutrik now offer 3 pole cable and chassis XLR connectors in a discreet and understated white.    top

Counterfeit Sennheiser kit warning We have noticed some wireless mic kits on a popular online auction site which are labelled "Sennheiser" but are clearly not a product that Sennheiser have ever manufactured for or sold in UK. Apparently, counterfeit Sennheiser headphones also show up regularly. Please be vigilant as these items are not manufactured by Sennheiser or for Sennheiser. At best, they are crude copies which look similar to the genuine article, but which use inferior components, inferior design, inferior build quality and will not be supported by any manufacturer's warranty. Plus they sound crap.    top

Noel Fielding painting the window live at Urban Outfitters, Edinburgh Noel Fielding painting the window live at Urban Outfitters, Edinburgh Noel Fielding painting the window live at Urban Outfitters, Edinburgh Noel Fielding painting the window live at Urban Outfitters, Edinburgh Noel Fielding painting the window live at Urban Outfitters, Edinburgh

Noel Fielding, comedian, actor and artist, is best known for playing Vince Noir in The Mighty Boosh.

October 2011, Noel Fielding was in Edinburgh signing copies of his book "The Scribblings of a Madcap Shambleton" and creating live art in the front window of Urban Outfitters on Princes Street. GB Audio was there with a compact Shermann sound system to make sure his multitude of fans could hear his chat and madcap comments as the painting evolved. Links: Facebook, Canongate Books, Velvet Onion      top

Audio-Technica are now offering a lifetime warranty on all 40 Series microphones. This is a guarantee of real substance against material or manufacturing defects for the life of the product, subject to certain specific exclusions. See full details at

Noise at Work

Since 6 April 2008, the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 have applied to the music and entertainment industry. We've put together some clear, helpful information to help keep you on the right side of the law, whether you run a music venue or a factory. Also, a special focus on capping or limiting sound system outputs to protect your venue licence. More.

The latest news for all UK radio mic spectrum users

Please note, we have heard of unscrupulous individuals dumping their unwanted wireless kits on an unsuspecting public via eBay. There is no law against selling or owning channel 69 equipment but it is now illegal to use and possibly unusable due to interference from new services which have taken over channel 69. Don't just buy the first kit that looks like a bargain because you may get ripped off. Remember - Caveat Emptor - buyer beware.

In summary:

  • All new wireless equipment currently offered for sale by GB Audio is currently legal to own and use on channel 38 (with a licence) or channel 70 (free).
  • From 2012 only channel 70 may be used for free and channel 38 (with a licence) in many UK locations but with some exceptions.  Check availability by postcode.
  • From 2012 channel 69 is now illegal to operate in UK and will probably be unusable due to interference.
  • Most current channel 69 equipment is NOT re-tunable to channel 38. A few models can be factory re-programmed.
  • Please contact us to discuss the latest position if you are planning to purchase new wireless systems.
  • The compensation claim period is now over so no new claims will be considered.
  • June 2011. Now available; Audio-Technica's list of products which can be modified for ch38.

Current VHF and UHF channel / frequency information      

Check the list of Audio-Technica kits which can be re-tuned.

The cassette is dead?

In light of diminishing demand and dramatically increased cost prices, GB Audio have taken the decision to cease stocking the Maxell range of audio cassettes. "We will continue to sell our remaining stock of cassettes, Minidisc, DAT, etc at the old prices but will not be re-stocking". Click here for the full Maxell clearance price list.
We also have small stocks of Quantegy MOD and DA8 for sale at clearance prices. 
We have no open reel tape left in any format.

See Quantegy clearance price list.         

Allen & Heath mixing consoles, zone mixers, DSP for live, theatre, conference, recording.   Allen & Heath ZED Series compact mixing console with USB

ZED 4-bus mixers

Taking inspiration from different product lines within the A&H range and combining them with fresh new ideas to give stunning results in a neat and easy to use package, the ZED 4-bus mixers feature:

· A&H’s high performance DuoPre TM padless preamp.
· 4-band, 2-swept mids EQ with in/out switch.
· 6 auxes (2 pre, 2 post, 2 pre/post).
· 4 sub groups.
· direct outputs on each mono channel.
· separate L, R & M main buses.
· individual 48v switching.
· 100mm long throw faders.
· 2 matrix outputs.
· talkback facility to auxes or LR.
· USB audio stereo in/out (with flexible output configuration).
· Bundled with Cakewalk’s SONAR LE music production software.
· same construction quality as the GL and ML mixers.

ML - Live VCA consoles

GL - Live sound consoles

MixWizard - Compact mixers

PA-CP - Powered mixers

I-Con - Digital live consoles

Xone - Professional DJ mixers

iDR - DSP audio system

GR - Analogue zone mixers

Full Allen & Heath price list.

Also see our special offer prices on the MixWizard range and PA Series


Allen & Heath ZED-14 mixing console
The Allen & Heath ZED R-16 was voted "Gear of the Year 2008" by Audio Media magazine, Dec 2008

Allen & Heath Mix Wizard 3 14:4:2 mixing console
MixWizard³ 14.4.2

The Stagelink Online Directory resource has awarded us a "Recommended" status for Dr. Know's "excellent Reference Library" from 2004 - 2015. 
This site has also won a Golden Web Award for good design from the International Association of Web Masters & Designers 

Viewpoint  Here's a new feature - highlighting opinions in the pro-audio industry.

Read Gary Stanfill's "It's A Knockoff World"- Tackling the issue of product design theft, from

Hire Dept News

The Hire department has some recent new additions to its inventory. Click here for the full rate card.
Check out the
Sale 2019 of ex-rental gear now underway. 

Other Hire Dept Features: Stiff - The Musical click here     Air Show  click here                             top

Your Letters & Job Vacancies

This is your chance to air your views on any audio related topic. Email us your comments on equipment, technological trends, manufacturers, safety legislation, wiring standards, anecdotes (serious or humorous), your views on this site. Anything you would like to open up for discussion or just get it off your chest!      Click here 

Whilst it is hoped that Your Letters & Job Vacancies will provide an interesting discussion forum, GB Audio accept no liability for the content of any items sent in. The Editor's decisions will be absolute.                       top

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Dear Sirs,
I have a Ferrograph Series 6 in perfect working order and condition which has been donated for sale to raise money for a local children's charity. The charity is the Demelza Children's Hospice which is the last stop for these life limited people.
If you have anybody that is into Ferrograph technology could you please put then in contact with me so that we can raise more cash for this fantastic service.
Many thanks for help. Kind regards.
B. B.
Ordered it yesterday afternoon, it was there in the post this morning. Thanks for super service. A.M. (UK)

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Hello, I must thank you for your website. It is clearly laid out, full of useful information, and lacks the flashy time-wasting gimmicks of many sites - a true Scottish site. Thank you for all the free information - not many people are willing to release this sort of data, let alone put the time and effort in to making it available.
JR (UK)           

We're glad you like it.              Ed.

Hello,  First of all your site is great, it helped me a lot. I would like to order a NS10M part that is L.F. driver JA1801...       Regards K. C.        

No problem. Even though Yamaha, in their infinite wisdom, have discontinued the ubiquitous NS10MS, we have spare bass drivers and tweeters (and crossovers) available  by mail / telephone order.  Jan 2016 update: We have now sold out of all parts for NS10M and NS10MSTUDIO.

More Letters:

Please feel free to show this letter to any other schools that approach you for work.
I would have no hesitation recommending you to any other school needing to purchase or install audio equipment.  Feel free to give them my contact details or send them up to Bruntsfield and I will show them the excellent systems you have installed for us.  

Kind regards  G F (DHT)

Many thanks for your prompt service. My order 5pm yesterday, arrived here in Somerset by 9.30am this morning. You can't ask for more than that. 
Regards, B. P.
hi, just bumped into your web site (through a search on some microphone specs i think) and its really nice. if more people actually put up some useful information on their sites then the web would be a better place...    a.f. brussels

We totally agree. Freedom for Information! Ed.

Hello, I just discovered your site and I think it is great. Finally a place where questions get an answer. I have to teach some people how to work with wireless systems and I do not seem to be able to declare in simple words the meaning off squelch and why it is needed. Please help me Thanks J. G. Belgium

See Dr. Know's reply

Thank you for your helpful information...  It is going to be my hobby for the next few years. .. Thank you. A. N.
Excellent. Many thanks for your most efficient service. DD.
The other day, I entered your website with a specific requirement in mind and was sufficiently side tracked by what you had on offer that I bought something on impulse and forgot the main reason for contacting you. 
Many Thanks & Kind Regards, P.T. (Spain)
What would be the cost' Canadian ' for the operational manual for the Yamaha EMX 150 mixer , I just purchased one at a used item sale. J.W.

You can download a copy for free.
Use the link from our Technical Reference Library:
(Here you will find free links for most manufacturers' user manuals) 

Thank you very much , I have done that , what a great service. J.W.

HI doc,just came across your site this morning and i really have to say congratulations ,Its an excellent job well done!

In the space of 10 mins I had several questions answered that had been annoying me for some time. L.W. Ireland

Hi, I bought a 3m phono cable from you last Thursday..... It came on Saturday morning, and I am very impressed with the quality and also the speedy delivery. Your prices are very good...

once again thank you and hope to hear from you very soon

Thanks Mr M. S. (UK)


Just after I wrote my last email to you, the microphones arrived at my door. Thank you again for all your help.

I will gladly purchase from and recommend GB Audio to others, in the future.    D. J.
I initially found your website via Google search, probably using the string "turntable belt replacement". There were a few options, but your site is the most informative and reassuring of correct ordering. I may call on you again for other bits and pieces over time ! Regards, Steve

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