"GNP audio Valkries. Early 80's two piece speakers.
They are about 88db and 16 ohm. Good sound if your amp
is up to the 16 ohm load. Laid back sound, with good
balance, and there are mid and high tone adjustments."
I worked for GNP way back in the 80s when Brooks Berdan designed and built the GNP lineup.Bill Gross had originally started building these speakers but it was Brooks who took them to the next level. At the time, they were highly regarded and won numerous awards at several of the shows.
I recently visited Brooks at his current shop and he was presenting the current line-up of Wilson speakers. It was at that recent visit that I noticed a stark similarity between the old Valkries and the new Wilson MAXX IIs. When I asked him about it, Brooks just smiled and said he and Wilson spent numerous late nights discussing the design concept and several years later the MAXXs emerged using the same distinct driver enclosures and time aligned angles. Brooks wouldn't take credit for influencing the idea but it is obvious to me precisely where the MAXX had evolved from.
Well I see how this works on Craigslist. GNP's were/are gone in less than a day, real bargain I suppose. Someone knew what they were getting. I've a line on some Snell XA 60's though, I offered 500 don't know if he'll bite. I'm happy with my Platinum Audio 3's but figured with the 8-drivers in the Snell's it would make for a nice upgrade.