The Marinair Collaboration
In late 1964, Neve moved operations from Harlow to the Priesthaus facility in Little Shelford, Cambridge. In 1966, Rupert’s LO1166 output transformer design was handed to Marinair to manufacture transformers to be used in the early Neve consoles. In 1967 and 1968, Rupert Neve directed one of his engineers, David Reese, to interface with Marinair employee Peter Hurst to develop and improve the performance of the Marinair 10468 and 31267 input transformers. As a result, Rupert made a deal with Marinair Radar to produce these customised transformers for use in the early Neve transistor consoles. The result of this collaboration was the original Neve Marinair transformer design and specification, this exclusive specification is owned by Neve and used to this day throughout the product range. With ultimate quality assured by the Marinair name and trademark, these transformers became an integral part of early Neve console design. They continued to be manufactured for Neve by Marinair Radar for many years.
Pictured – A Collection of Early Marinair Transformers