Director Chris Purcell and producer Paul Darter have created a short film for Rega Research Ltd to mark Rega’s 50th anniversary.
Release information from Rega reads:
A celebratory documentary to mark Rega’s 50th anniversary. ’50x 33 and a Third’ attempts to discover how five decades of dedicated record player R&D, has shaped the company. As the title implies, the film concentrates on Rega’s tireless development of the turntable, as this epitomises an ethos applied to all the company’s other hi-fi making activities. Focusing on vinyl also provides a fascinating insight into a particularly tricky technological challenge. That of retrieving ever more fine detail from a revolving vinyl disc. The information we are talking about is microscopic. Mind bogglingly tiny musical vibrations cut into the record’s groove.
Fundamental engineering principals have driven Rega right through from its uncertain beginnings in 1973. As founder Roy Gandy tells us, in those days, very few people believed that the turntable could make much difference to the reproduction of an LP. He and his colleagues have been proving those doubters wrong ever since.
50x 33 and a Third offers a glimpse into a very special British company – one that is continuously questioning received wisdoms. Constantly trying new materials, techniques and manufacturing processes. And one with a committed work force and a founder, who 50 years on, is more delighted than ever to be part of its continuing journey.