The LS3/5A Timeline

After the LS3/5A design was finished by the BBC manufacturers were invited to apply for a licence. For most of its life the BBC restricted the number of licence holders. The story of who was making the LS3/5A at any time is complex and full of intrigue, with manufacturers going into receivership and being resurrected under new ownership. Sometimes published information from different sources does not agree.

The following timeline has been built from many research sources including publications and the accounts of people who were there at the time. If you have any information, corrections, or dates to add to this timeline please contact me.

See here for a graphical representation of manufacturers and dates.

If you have any dates for this timeline please email me