Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Garrard 301 Plinth Building Part 3

 I have modified the original idea of a full veneer or full British racing green plinth. The new plan is BRG top with walnut veneer for the sides.
The inspiration is the 60's Jaguar E Type which is as iconic of Britain to the car world as the Garrard 301 is iconic of Britain to the audio world.
This is the third coat of paint the final two layers will be sprayed. I think I did 6 coats with sanding in between.

This is the final coat awaiting sanding and painting.
 I like the walnut natural as I did try dark stains but I like the transition between dark and light.

 Here are the thin veneer sheets I will be choosing between. 
 My friend Kenny talked me into veneering. The sheets are wavy so they will have to be soaked in veneer tamer softener and pressed for a few days. Then we will coat the backs with heat lock and also the sides of the plinth. Fortunately another friend Tim B is going to help apply the veneer. Once we get the veneer on Tim B is going to help trim the veneer and spray a couple layers of clear coat. I'm excited the way this is moving along. It will be nice to get one more project completed.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Audio Cartoon - The CAT

I know the feeling. When I first got into Moondog I could only find the same records over and over..

Friday, August 21, 2015

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

These photos were taken by Man Ray who apparently had an interesting way of storing his 78's.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Fairchild 260 and 280

Fairchild are rarely seen in the wild. 
I would be excited to find an amp or tonearm.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Eimac KY 21

Doubt I'll ever need this tube but it is beautiful. This is an Eimac Mercury Rectifier with grid control. Beautiful industrial art. 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

M.I.A. - Sunshowers

This was the first video from M.I.A. It is cool to see how far she has come and she still doesn't disappoint. Nice pop song.
It took me forever to find an HD version.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Wheel Fi Launches With Limited Edtion Complete Horn System

 I knew Jeffrey Jackson had been quiet for a while.. As they say in the films tooo quiet. After my visit early last year I knew many things were afoot. When I got the message last week about the company Wheel Fi I was very excited. This time they are offering complete tube and horn systems.

Check out Wheel-Fi 
 Wheel Fi is: Jeffrey Jackson, Robert Kalin and Christoph Vilaghy. These men have brought together some of the finest materials, tools, and equipment available. From the looks of the final product they have also assembled the finest craftsman available as well. 

Black walnut is cut with ultra precision.

For me cutting metal is a messy gnarly job but Wheel Fi slices through it as though it were butter.
No big deal just some precision cut brass.... 

Jeffrey Jackson at work.
Custom field coils....

Christoph Vilaghy at work on the baffles and petal horns.

Six available limited edition complete horn systems. 

Pascal Perich created this fine film for Wheel Fi. I have watched it countless times already and even frame by frame. Top notch work.

WHEEL FI from pascal perich on Vimeo.

Congratulations Wheel Fi I can't wait to hear your system. 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Susan Cadogan - Hurt So Good 1975

It is hard to find footage of Susan Cadogan.  The camera man is more interested in filming bad angles and hardly focuses on her. I'd like to kick the camera guys square in the nuts. Sorry I'll calm down... Anyway classic song produced by Lee Scratch Perry. He lists it among his favorite songs.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Western Electric 15 Horn Study

I really appreciate the study of the Western Electric 15. I wish I had the skills to attempt a replica.

If anyone has higher resolution images of the study please contact me.

Beautiful industrial art.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015


Here is an old article on tube power supplies with examples of 750v and 1500v using the 816 mercury vapor tubes.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

RCA New Dimension In Sound 1957

What is Hi-Fi from the Smith's and RCA.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Happy Birthday Nikola Tesla

It is fun to find a celebration of Tesla on his birthday. This time in Little Rock. They made the world record musical bi-pole Tesla coil.
 That is two miles of magnet wire wound into two nice coils. Even Slagle would be impressed.
I have to say even though it is good for educational presentation ... I HATE ACRYLIC.... It is the stuff of the dark side.... It just says cheesy cheap to me..... 

 I hope these videos play...

No Kraftwerk or softcell.....