|Just in case there was any doubt, here are some rotting leaves and crab apples from our garden at St Cecilia’s. Despite the sunshine, Autumn has arrived and it’s time for another riveting outpouring from Signals.
Having taken a summer break, we are now settling back into our version of normality. Mick excepted, we’ve all managed to avoid Covid so far and, looking at the local figures, this avoidance is hard to fathom. We still aim to abide by best practice when it comes to masks and distancing but it’s funny how we worry less and less when dealing with friends.
So far, customer gatherings have been incredibly small but I guess we’ll have to grapple with a proper event at some point. Audio Show East . . . would people come?
It’s been a while since we’ve played a truly ‘serious’ system in the large central room at St Cecilia’s. Today, we set up the full Statement rig in there for the first time in over a year. We got quite a surprise over just how good it sounded. Odd how familiarity had taken that frisson of excitement away.
Anyway, enough waffle . . . what is this news in the headline?
Before the positive stuff, we might as well get some bad news out of the way. Price rises are becoming a ‘thing’ and, whilst we don’t yet know the exact amounts, both Kudos Audio and Naim have indicated that increases are imminent.
We believe that the Naim rise will be in December whilst it looks like the Kudos one will be March 2022. As a slight ‘plus’, lead times on many items from Naim are so extended that you won’t even need to buy the product for a while. A deposit will simply allow you to know that the old price has been held.