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About

Design Build Listen Limited was established to design, build and market kits and components for the DIY Audio community. Now its main focus is on designing and building analogue products, notably The Wand Tonearm®.  It is based in Dunedin, New Zealand and uses the high tech facilities of the local engineering sector, who are skilled in making low volume and high quality equipment.

Full 3D Computer Aided Design is used with sophisticated, state of the art computer controlled machining and laser cutting equipment to make our products. We supply tonearms directly to a number of turntable makers in Europe an Australia including some custom designs. (We designed/built the Roksan Pug but it has ceased as it was unsatisfactory for both parties).

All Design Build Listen, names and designs are Trade Marked and protected by Copyright and a number of Registered designs. A US Patent has been filed for The Wand Tonearm®.

 

Simon Brown the Principal of Design Build Listen has 30 years of experience as a Professional Engineer in product design in the appliance industry. He also has 30 years of experience as an enthusiastic builder of DIY audio gear and knows intimately the frustrations and joys of audio as a hobby. Simon has had articles published in AudioEnz, AudioXpress and Australian HiFi magazines.

HiFi Choice (UK) interview with Simon here

My main audio system;  9in, 10.3in & 12in Wands mounted on a Lenco L75 (Several cartridges..) / Pass DIY Pearl 2 Phono / Own design valve-MOSFET hybrid (no global NFB) / Own design full range speakers using Fostex FE206 drivers / DNM cable.

 

Contact 

Design Build Listen Ltd.

Postal; PO Box 5415, Dunedin, 9058, New Zealand.

Fax; +64-3-4773817 (including fax orders) From the USA 0011-64-3-4773817

Email; info@designbuildlisten.com

Web; www.designbuildlisten.com

Facebook; www.facebook.com/thewandtonearm

Pintrest; http://www.pinterest.com/thewandtonearm/

Installation Video; (1 of 5) http://vimeo.com/147436665

Links 

A selective rather than ‘shotgun’ approach to links 

 Vinyl Related (General)

www.lencoheaven.net  Lenco Heaven is the one stop shop for Lenco information but also good for many other great tips on analogue.

www.analogplanet.com website of US Analogue guru Michael Fremer. LP, equipment reviews as well as Show Reports and News.

www.vinylengine.com If it's information you require about turntables, arms or cartridges, Vinyl Engine is the place to go with a great database and easy searching.

www.zuaudio.com Home of the great modified Denon 103 cartridge and generally cool audio website.(Photo above)

http://www.theanalogdept.com/ A good vinyl website that is particularly strong on Thorens turntables.

http://zstereo.co.uk Get lost in all the cool old gear (and some new) selected by UK HiFi journalist David Price.

http://www.tnt-audio.com/topics/realstereo_e.html Italian Audio website is hosting the Campaign for Real Stereo.

 

 Vinyl Revival Articles;

http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/2582468

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20131

http://www.statista.com/chart/1465/vinyl-lp-sales-in-the-us/216-breaking-records-german-vinyl

http://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/vinyls-revival-is-now-a-phenomenon-on-both-sides-of-the-atlantic/

 

Our Local... we are from Dunedin home of the Dunedin Sound

http://www.buydunedinmusic.com/  Dunedin Sound !

http://dunedinonline.co.nz/ More quirky Dunedin stuff

http://www.emersons.co.nz/ Our favourite local boutique beer