Just added a review of the original Sintra, from Hi-Fi Choice, January 1991, which you can find here. The Sintra has always been one of Royd’s top end 7ltr stand mount models and has a strong reputation for being one of his best. Its rarity only compounds this.
It may not have escaped your notice, that the rare is currently on right now. Well worth checking out, as this models pops only once in a blue moon.
Added a review of the Royd Abbot from Hi-Fi Choice, May 1993. The Abbot was intended to supersede Apex, however as you read this review, had some teething problems and wasn’t quite as well received as perhaps hoped.