Wharfedale Linton

1 9 6 5 c.1965

From when Gilbert A. Briggs still was at the helm of Wharfedale, but after the 1958 sale of the latter to the ubiquitous RANK organization.

Rank however waited for Briggs to retire in 1965 to change the name of its subsidiary : from
Wharfedale Wireless Works Ltd. to
RANK Wharfedale Wireless Works Ltd..
Such politesse and good manners aren't seen too often nowadays !

The original Linton's bass driver saw the use of the "roll surround" suspension, done in Flexiprene - something which may not age too well...
That driver is a version of the earlier Super 8/RS/DD.

The medium/tweeter is a version of the Super 3 treble speaker, and is enclosed in its own acoustic dome to keep it immune from the bass vibrations.

A WMT1 matching transfomer, optional, could be used with a low-power amplifier but a high 2 or 3 Ohm output...

The Linton's enclosure was assmbled from real wood ("man-made timber" - gone by days !) and designed with the co-operation of Consultant Designer Robert Gutmann F.S.I.A..

The original Linton is a bit forgotten but gave way to very successful versions of itself in the 1970s : Linton 2, Linton 3, Linton 3XP.
"Versions" is hoever a bit false as the latter really are entirely different loudspeakers.
Why change a good name ?

A 1972 Gramophone review of the Linton system (with Linton 2s) here and the same for the 1975 Linton 3XP here.

And a detailed history of Wharfedale at... Wharfedale's.

Wharfedale Linton, image 1 Wharfedale Linton, image 2
Wharfedale Linton specifications
Title Value
Type : acoustic suspension
Drivers : 1x 20cm bass/mid
1x 7cm mid/tweeter
Crossover : 3Khz
Frequency response : 40Hz...20Khz
Nominal impedance : suitable for 8 or 15 Ohm amplifiers
Power handling : 10W RMS
Dimensions : 48 x 25 x 25cm
Weight : 8,2kg.
Finishes : Zebrano
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