The Desmond Leslie Tube Console

Arthur Rupert Neve - July 31 1926 to February 12 2021

Neve began his career after the war as a designer of public address systems, and recorded speakers and singers on lacquer discs. He provided the public address systems for Queen Elizabeth, then a princess, at the opening of the St Andrew's Church, Plymouth, after it was rebuilt after being destroyed in the blitz.



CQ Audio, in its short existence, expanded the horizons from designing and building one product at a time to the world of quantity production: stocking raw materials, testing, quality control, sales and delivery.
Rupert designed, produced and sold the following products:

The CQ Reproducer


One of the first small high-fidelity bookcase loudspeaker systems. Rupert demonstrated this at a lecture to the British Institute of Recorded Sound at the Royal Society of Arts in London and received a standing ovation for the amazing sound quality.

The Q Flex


An innovative loudspeaker system making use of flexible walls to radiate sound energy. This product won a Council of Industrial Design Award and was exhibited at the Design Center in London for a season.

The CQ Twin 4


Hi-Fi Stereo Amplifier

The CQ ‘Ten Fifteen’


10 watt Single-Channel Hi-Fi Amplifier

The Tetraq

Stand-Alone Bi-Pole Tweeter

The CQ Tapeheart

Stereo Tape Recording and Replay Unit

...similar to what Rupert used on his tube consoles. He only made about 10 of them. He doesn't talk about them much as he told me he wasn't really a "tube" console designer but it is what he had to work with when he first got started. I've talked with Rupert about these console a few times in the last couple years.

Silvertone, GearSpace

The original tube console was in Neve's reception for some years and I always thought it looked like something my father cobbled up in the 1920's

The thing that has always struck me about early Neve tube products is that they look like they were designed in the 1920's. Geoff_T, Larry GearSpace


Arthur Rupert Neve establishes Neve Electronics, Professional Audio Design and Engineering.


Following a move to the Cambridge area, in 1964 Neve designed and built the world's first commercial transistor-based mixing console for Philips Recording Studio in London. The Neve name was established and the company had soon produced several custom consoles for distinguished studio clients.


 designed a training program for missionaries to use radio broadcasting equipment