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Sugden & Co. Ltd., A.R.; Brighouse, Yorkshire

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Name: Sugden & Co. Ltd., A.R.; Brighouse, Yorkshire    (GB)  
Abbreviation: sugden-ar
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A.R. Sugden & Co. Ltd., Market Street, Brighouse, Yorkshire. Manufacturer of turntables, cartridges, amplifiers, and at least one record lathe. Mostly (all?) the products was named with a leading 'Connoisseur'.

There is NO relation to 'J.E. Sugden & Co. Ltd., Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire'!

Arnold Sugden (born 1912) made receivers and becoming interested in developing transformers. No formal education in electronics. During World War II setting up own engineering firm engaged in precision tools. After war designing pick-ups, beginning with moving steel needle system. Making precision turntables. Demonstrations in London and manufacturing under the name of Connoisseur. Ideas on fine groove recording and design of moving coil cutter head. He was inventor of the main contender to modern stereo vinyl discs. Demonstration of microgroove records in the early 1950s at Sound Recording Association (SRA). Making ceramic cartridge with stereo channels. Thoughts of stereo, and recording with local music groups. In 1985 decline in business leading to eventual closure.

This manufacturer was suggested by Georg Richter.

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
GB  68 Connoisseur Stereophonic Amplifier S66 12AX7   
GB  67 Connoisseur Stereophonic Preamplifier 12AX7  Companion pre-amplifier for the Conoisseur S66 
GB  77 Connoisseur BD/2A   Record player deck 33, and 45 rpm 
GB  63 Connoisseur Craftsman III (3)   Plattenspieler mit 3 Geschwindigkeiten (33,45 und 78 Upm). Plattenteller: Zink-Spritzguss,... 
GB  63 Craftsman   Plattenspieler mit 2 Geschwindigkeiten (33 und45 Upm). Plattenteller: Zink-Spritzguss, 300...