Saturday, August 23, 2014

Matija Blažičko - Emanation

Check out this wonderful art installation in Croatia featuring tractrix horns and battery powered amps. The artist Matija Blažičko sent some pics to use for Retro Hi Fi Girl Friday but I thought it was too cool for that. Featured in the pics is his sister.
From the Artist.
The work Emanation was exhibited in june this year in the chapel of saint Rocco in Zagreb, Croatia.
It was my humble attempt to recreate feeling of big cathedral in small chapel. 
There was Benjamin Britten's Festival te deum played, It was all about the experience of hollographic imaging and stereo separation (I got inspired by the Chesky records ultimate demonstration disc)
Main horns follow tractrix curvature and are made of "artificial marble" composite. They hang freely in the air by the kevlar strands. Frequency response extends below 80Hz but are digitally crossed over at 80Hz from where the pair of hidden subwoofers take over. Amps work on battery banks so the problems with "dirty" mains are altogether eliminated.




Check his website for future updates.. 

I'm sure the artist would love to hear feedback from you. 
 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

These may be the most retro girls I've posted. 
This was a radio installation in a salon in Paris some when around 1920.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Beaty In Sight As In Sound - 1957

It seems this article was born out of the growing pains of stereo. Should I build two houses since stereo requires two of everything..... Yes...


Monday, August 18, 2014

Calvin On Vinyl



Sunday, August 17, 2014

Do The Flaming Lips Play Plushie Fury Conventions ?

They seem to like wearing fur costumes.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Arkansas Delta BBQ And Blues

The Tubehoarder txt me early this morning to do BBQ breakfast in the Delta. The Jones family has been doing BBQ in Marianna since the early 1900's.

After a few sandwiches at Jones we moved on to Craig's in DeVals Bluff. One of the best hot BBQ sauces ever.   
 The divider in the roof was to divide between blacks and whites yet it was black owned. Glad those days are gone.
Looks are deceiving 8-)
 

 The Tubehoarder knows all the best spots in the Delta. Off the side of the road is Pie Shop...
There were only a few different kinds of pies left. No chocolate and no fried pies today... Sigh...
Close as I could get to the Pie Shop kitchen.
Next time your in the Delta and you see a road side shack advertising food just stop. In fact the worse the sign and shack the better the food. 
 
Can't post about the Delta without blues.










Friday, August 15, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Rare 3 Aug 1950 K5 Klipsch Horn

This horn went with a Khorn that was used with an organ like the Leslie cabinet. I've only seen one of these before. This is from the collection of Chris Hornbeck. 
Don't make fun of the repair it looks better in person. 
  
 SAHF was the driver used in the 50's. A dirt dobber nest was built in the throat. 
I had to remove the nest and bug screen but it works now. 

 Here is the crossover used with the horn and khorn. That is a nice big cap.  


 The coils were wound by PWK. Check out the signature.






Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Save BLOWFLY's Home From The Tax Man

Give BLOWFLY a hand donate to his Kickstarter. He deserves better.
If you have to ask who BLOWFLY is then you will want to see this trailer and then buy his film.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Vacuum Tube Amplifier Theory 1950's

A good vintage training video hitting the basics. I need lots of basics still LOL..

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Components Corporation - Professional Turntable

From the generically named Components Corporation the Model 70 studio console.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

Nice radio but not sure she can play those records on that radio.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

1958 Stan White Opus 1

 A rare glimpse at the Stan White Opus I.
I dig the mid century modern design.



 Can't say I've seen very much documentation or letters from Stan White.

Thank you Jon for sending me this documentation.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Arkansas Cattle Serenade

This cracks me up.
Cows love horns.

What do the French and Arkansans have in common?
They play horns to cows.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Only Klipsch

This image I believe is from the late 60's Stereo Review. If you know the origin please let me know. Klipsch liked it so much they turned it into an advert.

Additional info from Bruce. 
Thanks!

The photo originally came from the Feb 1969 issue of Playboy magazine. It was the lead photo in an article titled “The Sights and Sounds of 69”. The article described “the latest and best in Hi-Fi and TV” and had numerous recommendations for differing budgets. The K-horns were in the top of the line system and were quoted as costing $804 each. The Cornwall used for the center channel was said to be sold for $415. Other pieces from this system were a Marantz Model 7T Pre-amp and dual Marantz power amps.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

ID These JBL Cornerhorns ?

I was emailed these pics by Johm who just purchased them and wants to know exactly what they are..

Here is the email I received..

I just bought these and have no idea what they truly are. I know of 1 other pair that surfaced on the web in 2009. There is a rumor that they were made by Bill Hartsfield as a bet between him and William Thomas of jbl. He  said he could build a speaker that uses a 8" driver that would rival the Hartsfield. Only 12 was made according to the rumor. The drivers are d216,075 and N2400. They both have JBL registry cards with consecutive serial numbers for the drivers. The inside horn path looks just like the hartsfield patent drawing. Any info would be greatly appreciated.


Ok JBL experts what exactly does John have here??

Measurements are 32"h x 19" x 19"




Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Records Being Made In England 1960's





 5 minute video on the art of LP production in England.



Monday, July 28, 2014

Gray 108-B Tonearm


 The Gray is a very nice tonearm with great build quality. I've used on a vintage Reko Cut table. I'd like to have one of these vintage heavies.