JABEZ GOUGH AT HOME (EARLY SIXTIES)
This photograph was taken at the time that the first Gough speakers were being designed and built; and several years before Gough created his purpose-built sound studio. In the background can be seen his original audio hi-fi system built around high quality 'Quad' amplifers.
GOUGH AT WORK
Pictured here in his audio workshop which was sited at the rear of his retail business, GOUGHS RADIO AND TELEVISION, North Road, Cardiff. Upstairs at the same premises was a small studio space which Gough and his assistants used to demonstrate Gough Speakers to potential buyers.
THE ORIGINAL GOUGH SPEAKER (CHRISTMAS-TIME EARLY-SIXTIES)
One of the first accoustic cabinets created by Gough for his own personal use. The very first prototype enclosures were created as single loudspeaker units. However as stereophonic sound took hold and stereo amplifers became the norm, the Gough speakers were created in pairs.
GOUGH'S PURPOSE-BUILT HI FI SOUND STUDIO
In the mid-sixties, Jabez Gough designed and built a small sound studio in the grounds of his home in South Wales. The studio was specifically created to house a pair of enhanced Gough Speaker enclosures (see below) creating a unique and memorable accoustics. Later Gough incorporated other technical innovations in his sound system, including a revolutionary hi-fi turntable.
GOUGH INSPECTS AN ADVANCED GOUGH SPEAKER UNIT INSIDE HIS STUDIO
Very few versions were made of this later improved version of the original Gough enclosure. Its main features were its larger size; the incorporation of two larger loudspeaker units within the accoustic chamber; and an adjustable front panel which could be opened out to vary the ambient quality of the sound.
TESTING THE GOUGH LOUDSPEAKER SYSTEM ON THE STAGE OF COVENT GARDEN
This grainy photograph is the only visual record we have of a famous moment in the history of the Gough enclosure when Covent Garden's large and imposing auditorium was filled with a new and dramatic orchestration, emerging from the unlikely source of two small wooden cabinets perched on the opera stage.
THE FINAL VERSION OF THE GOUGH LOUDSPEAKER
Developed some years after the first experimental enclosure, this version exploited a wider frequency range along with a powerful ambience which took full advantage of the stereophonic revolution of the sixties. Playing a Verdi opera such as Nabucco through a pair of these advanced units in Gough's home studio created, it was said, an eerie feeling of actually sitting there in the front row at Covent Garden...
AS SEEN ON TELEVISION
Invented at the height of the UK 'Do it yourself' era, the Gough Enclosure was made the subject of a DIY programme broadcast on the BBC in the early sixties. Here we see volunteer carpenters assembling the wooden panels, following Gough's published plan. Thousands of units were made by individuals, as a result of the publicity, all over the world.
Gough was interviewed on television in the early sixties, where he explained the revolutionary principles which lay behind the design of his louspeaker cabinet. On one notable occasion the TV presenter placed a tiny musical box inside one of the Gough Speakers to demonstrate just how dramatically the sound was amplified and transformed by the accoustic chamber.
TESTING THE GOUGH SPEAKER SYSTEMS
Here Gough is pictured with one of his assistants at his North Road studio, testing different models. In the foreground is an early version of the 'advanced' Gough Speaker, which housed two loudspeaker units rather than one, within the accoustic chamber. In the background is one of the original cabinets.
GOUGHS RADIO AND TELEVISION
An exterior shop-front view of Gough retail business in North Road, Cardiff. This was the principle site for the sale of the manufactured version of the Gough Speaker through the 1960s.
THE GOUGH SPEAKER LOGO
This visual design, created by one of Jabez Gough's friends, became the basis for a small gold logo fitted to the front panelling of every manufactured version of the Gough Loudspeaker.
THE GOUGH TRANSCRIPTION ARM
Following the invention and popular success of the Gough Loudspeaker, Jabez Gough looked to other technical inventions in the hi-fi area, notably this revolutionary record pick-up, incorporating a simple but unique bearing at the balance-point specifically designed to counteract extra-fugal forces which can often distort the audio on the highest quality record pick up.
Jabez Gough and his wife Mabel relaxing in the garden of their home, near Cardiff, in the early 1970s. In later years, Gough never lost his love of HiFi invention and classical music, but he had less energy for commercial development of his ideas and as his retirement age approached he spent more and more time in his beloved garden. However his inventive nature did not disappear, as he built his largest fifty-foot greenhouse using his own idiosyncratic design. Many thought the roof would fall in. Needless to say, it didn't!
THE GOUGH SPEAKER IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
A modern version of the original Gough Speaker fitted with a Wharfedale 7.1 speaker system. It still delivers, after over fifty years a dramatic, atmospheric, full-bodied sound....