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Beam Echo Ltd.; Witham, Essex

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Name: Beam Echo Ltd.; Witham, Essex    (GB)  
Abbreviation: beamecho
Products: Model types

A small manufacturer of cinema projectors (hence the name) that branched into the manufacture of amplifiers and other audio gear in the early 50's under their own Avantic brandname.

In 1953, Witham businessman Henry Rahman bought a bankrupt cine-projector and projector amplifier manufacturer called Danson. The company was renamed Beam-Echo.

Production of Danson cine-projectors continued but at the same time an audio amplifier was quickly developed and in 1953 a contract was won to build amplifiers for BAL-AMi jukeboxes built by Balfour Engineering Company in Ilford, Essex.  BAL-AMi jukeboxes were derivatives of the American built AMI (Automatic Musical Instrument) jukeboxes.

Founded: 1953
Closed: 1962
Production: 1953 - 1962

In the mid 1950s Beam-Echo branched into domestic Hi-Fi production under the brand name Avantic including loudspeaker enclosures, a radio tuner, and several other items of Hi-Fi related equipment. The DL7-35 20 watt monoblock amplifier which sold for £55 a pair was their most notable product.

In the early 1960s, Thorn Electrical Industries acquired Beam-Echo in order to get hold of one of Beam-Echo's brand names 'Glyndbourne' and then closed the factory down around 1961/2. Production of BAL-AMi jukeboxes also ceased in 1962.

In 1994 an attempt was made by a Stuart Perry to resurrect the Beam-Echo DL7-35 amplifier but the venture failed in 1998.

This manufacturer was suggested by Gottfried Silberhorn.

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
GB  56 Avantic DL7-35 EF86  Power Amp, with power supply for PreAmp. Power output: 20 watts at less than 0.05% tota... 
GB  55 Avantic EF86  Beam-Echo Avantic; Monaural Preamplifier, 8 x RCA in, 1 x monitor, for use with main am... 
GB  55 Monaural Preamplifier EF86  Beam-Echo Monaural Preamplifier; 8 x RCA in, 1 x monitor, for use with main amplifier i... 
GB  60 Avantic AM/FM Radio Tuner BM611 EB91  AM/FM Hi-fi tuner with 8 valves plus rectifier including cathode follower output stage. VH...