For the past 20 years, Dewaudio has designed quality products for the audio industry. From designing microphones for recording studios, to building stereo amplifiers for home audio, the business is always ready to take on a new challenge. Improving the quality of electronic equipment is an enjoyable challenge. [ More details about the early days... ]
Electronics designer and music lover
Valve-based amplification has a special place in our hearts. What is today seen as vintage, is every bit as relevant as before.
Undertaking a variety of projects that have to do with audio, I can assist with just about any requirement. Designing amplifiers and microphones is my focus but other repairs are also undertaken. Most of all, I find great enjoyment in music, and seeing others do the same.
I focus on electronics and making things work properly.
My journey started with the local hifi industry. For a number of years, I studied the industry to see where I could find a niche for myself. I then designed my first turntable, the Moxey, complete with a custom and unique tonearm. This unit is still performing in a client's setup.
I demonstrated the unit at the Sound and Vision Expo, Indaba Hotel, Johannesburg, in September 2008.
In 2012, I worked on a project in Malmo, Sweden, to design high-quality microphones for studio recordings. Along with this, I came to know how the recording process works, and have had the chance to see some really memorable studios, such as the one where ABBA recorded some of their music. Back in South Africa I had the chance to see both Bob and SABC studios.
I have also been fortunate to get involved with reel to reel tapes, for me the most trusted source for recorded music. There is just something about tapes and vinyl records that modern streaming services, as well as CD, can never match. The sense of ownership comes to mind. You can touch the medium, hold it, inspect it, and generally marvel at the technology that makes it work. It is no wonder then that youngsters are discovering these “old” formats, and lately, even cassette tapes.
In 2016 I purchased my first Linn Sondek LP12 turntable. This unit has made an indelible impression on me, and I proceeded to teach myself how to service and upgrade the unit. At the same time, I designed and built valve-based amplifiers and phono stages for stereo applications. I then designed and manufactured the Starmap and Starlink series of top plates, bases, and sub-chassis for the Linn Sondek LP12 turntable. Many of these units have been sold, and now form the basis of LP12 turntables for a number of clients who testify to the fact that the upgrades are worth every cent.
Given the extremely poor exchange rate, buying similar items from the official Linn supplier is all but impossible, except for the most affluent. At the best of times, spares are simply not available. It does however force us to come up with solutions. Currently there are many South Africans who are involved with the design of upgrades and other spares for LP12 turntables. I co-founded the Linn Sondek LP12 Support website and serve as a LP12 Fundi for the Pretoria region.
My aim is to be a premium designer of valve-based amplification units. It is on the horizon, and I enjoy the ride.
Here are some images of projects I have worked on, design work I have done, sometimes in conjunction with others, and random photos taken in the life of an electronics enthusiast.
- Mixing Consoles
- Reel to Reel Tape
- Valve Technology
My services include the following:
I design solutions for areas such as suspension systems for turntables and many clients around the world use our Starmap and Startrail components in their Linn Sondek LP12 turntables.
I love working with valve technology. Apart from designing and building valve amplifiers, I also service older amplifiers, and have even designed valve-based amplifiers for studio microphones.
What I tell you here means nothing if our clients do not have a story to tell.
In early August I said i'd never get into vinyl again. Two weeks later, I visited Dewald who set up my LP12 turntable to perfection. I have not looked back since.
Web developer and vinyl enthusiast
I was about to throw away my valve-based amplifiers. Then I heard of Dewaudio and these classics are now back in my system, sounding better than ever.
We needed new microphones for our recording studio. Dewaudio's solution worked wonders for our business.
Some parts are really hard to find in South Africa, especially for older products. Dewaudio recapped my vintage amplifier and it has been given a new lease on life.
My turntable has been exensively upgraded with quality parts and now once again functions as it should.
Cullinan, Gauteng, South Africa
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