Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Fairchild Is A Way Of Sound

I would love to hear an all Fairchild vinyl rig some day.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Stephens Trusonic Corner Speaker

 Check out this really nice survivor Stephens corner speaker. It differs from the speaker in the ad by using 12 inch drivers than 15 but other than that they look similar. The add is model 626 and this one is model 622M. I received these pics from Steve I hope he doesn't mind if I post them. This is a rare and likely good sounding speaker. I would do a nice mono system perhaps a mono heathkit or bogen integrated amp and start collecting mono jazz records. Would be fun.

This is interesting I've seen this recessed box for the tweeter before in my big stephens box which I thought was a DIY effort but now I firmly believe it is factory. Very cool. Thanks Steve.
 Classic Stephens crossover. I love they way they built these. My friend the tube hoarder had quite a few of them.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

The Bettie Page.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Brook Electronics - The NEW Brook - 1948

The NEW Brook 10 WATT All-Triode Amplifier.
Great ad from 1948. Does anyone have a copy of the Technical Bulletin BK-10. I hope it is out there somewhere.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Audio Experiment #420273

My friend Chris donated the parts and I put it together. Here we have a 600hz line level crossover. This is something I have been wanting to try for several years. If memory serves me right the suggestion was from the guys at EMIA. Then Chris mentioned it so I jumped all over it.  So far this sounds really good on Jubilee clones even though there is no eq in the crosssover. I've tried electronic crossovers but they never made the cut. This is really good. Next I will try this on my large tractrix horn and k403.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Autopsy Of A Drowned Shrimp

One of my favorite bands from Japan Autopsy Of  A Drown Shrimp. 
I have to see these guys in concert some day. 

Thanks Byron

Friday, November 13, 2015

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Stentorian Loudspeakers By Whiteley Electrical

These vintage high quality speakers were made in England by Whiteley Electrical and branded Stentorian. I've never seen a pair in the states. Here is an example of the 15" woofer.
The frames must be heavy.

 They also made a dual concentric version which I would love to have. 
Like I need anymore speakers LOL...

These look so cool.


Monday, November 9, 2015

Analysis Of Full Wave Rectifier With Choke Input - 1943 Electronics

Here is a 1943 Electronics magazine article on full wave rectifier with choke input.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

NOS Audio Chokes

I'm working on a line level crossover for a couple speaker projects in the works. My friend Chris gave me a schematic and these really cool NOS chokes. I could barely bring myself to open them as they were packaged in March of 1945.
 They don't package stuff like this anymore. Nothing but the best for the military. 
I miss the DO NOT EAT on the silica package.
The choke was wrapped in cloth and taped up.
 Pretty crazy. All that packaging for these little guys each one wrapped separately.
Just finished drilling the chassis for the crossover. I'll hopefully have it together tomorrow and testing the speakers this weekend or next.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Monday, November 2, 2015

Garrard 301 Plinth Building Part 4 The Saga Ends

The Garrard 301 plinth is finally complete! 
Here is my friend Tim spraying the final coats of Satin clear. Tim also sprayed the final coats of BR Green.
If it wasn't for my friends Kenny and Tim the plinth would not look this good.
This is the best shot. The plinth has been wrapped in raw Walnut veneer and stained dark. The top has been painted British Racing Green. I thought it would go great with the cream Garrard deck.   
Hard for me to get a pic of the green. It looks much better in person. 
 Thank you Tim and Kenny for all of your help.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Louis Armstrong Live

Louis Armstrong Antwerp 1959

Louis Armstrong And His Alstars Berlin 1965

Friday, October 30, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015


A respectable little mono system from INTERELECTRONICS. 
Love the generic 50's company names.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

1907 Metal Petal Horns

I've seen a lot of the metal petal horns but have not come across one of the folding portable petal horns.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Sound Practices - The Search For Audio Tranquility by Herb Reichert

This is one of my favorite articles in Sound Practices magazine. It speaks to me as I have one completed horn system and two four way horn systems in the works. If you have tried building your own system and haven't felt like a complete inept wanker you are either a badass horn guru or fooling and deluding yourself. I find the honesty in this article very refreshing.

Reproduced here courtesy of Joe Roberts. 
To purchase a CD archive of all 16 issues of Sound Practices on eBay click here.
Thank you Joe and Herb.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

1975 Rosita Stereo Commander Luxus N2506

This is an interesting piece of German audio equipment from 1975. All in one Stereo Commander Luxus.