Sunday, May 29, 2016

William Onyebor - Good Name

  William Onyebor one of my heros and Kings of African eltro funk.
AMAZING

Friday, May 27, 2016

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

There must be a couple hundred in this series. Here is Bettie Page....Again.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wheel Fi - The Handmade Life

Here is an article featuring our friends at Wheel Fi in the New York Freaking Times

This speaker appears to be a new addition to the Wheel Fi family and would love to know more about it. I hope they post something soon. The amplifier on the floor is small but sounds great. I heard it on their Western Electric 16a system playing some Louis Armstrong and it sounded beautiful. 

 If you look at the driver on the horn you can see what these guys have been up to.Very interesting.
Check out the full article by Jane Beiles  here.

KT66 Genelex Ad

Never seen this label on a KT66 lol...

Monday, May 23, 2016

Loud Speaker For Auditory Perspective By Thuras

The Fletcher system was the father of the Shearer sound system and all those to come. I've posted about this before but now I wonder if this system survived? Does anyone know if this most important piece of audio history still exists? I pray it is out there somewhere. The construction is amazing. How big is the compression driver on the bass bins? It never ceases to amaze me.
The New York Times reported that "Sound Waves 'Rock' Carnegie Hall As Enhanced Music Is Played" and "The loudest sounds ever created crashed and echoed through venerable Carnegie Hall last night as a specially invited audience listened, spellbound, and at times not a little terrified."

Here is the article on the Loudspeaker Article by Thuras.



 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

$25 Of Fun Tester Of China

I ordered this weird little device from China because I am lazy. I tired of  looking at resistors and being too lazy to read the tiny print so I just pop them into this thing and hit test. 

This one appears to show some hieroglyphics.

Greeen LED.

 It also test caps.

 Weird values but oh well guess I'll have to order another device to convert LOL.....

Friday, May 20, 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

1954 Home-Built Loudspeaker Enclosure

This is a University designed DIY loudspeaker. Today we would certainly add a tweeter. Even in the 50's you could add a Jensen RP302 super tweeter.


Monday, May 16, 2016

Jealvox Sound Monitor

This is a new one to me. It looks like a Klipsch Belle but is quite different. The Jealvox sound monitor is very interesting. I will be posting more on Jealvox in the coming weeks.. Does anyone out there know where this were produced?





Friday, May 13, 2016

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Start it rigt, keep it right

Retro advice for setting up audio systems and its pitfalls.





Saturday, May 7, 2016

Boat Anchor or High Voltage Power Supply SCORE!

I had been lamenting the lack of any interesting scores locally and then a lot of vintage electronics showed up on craigslist. I was about 13 days late so I missed some tubes and another power supply. This isn't too bad for left overs.
 
I'm sure my friend Chris will say it is missing some meters and he would be right. 
This unit is very heavy. It has a huge power transformers and two really nice Kenyon chokes. The capacitors are a good size as well. I thought the tubes were 866 but they are in fact 836 which should be swap-able. 



Friday, May 6, 2016

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

1959 The House that Lives with Music

I really like these profiles of HiFi addicts of the 50's, 
The house is incredible.
 

The Sweet Spot

Well.... Maybe not but he looks happy.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Fun used record store finds

I don't buy too many used records these days as nice clean reissues are so plentiful. But I could leave these...
The cover of this 78box set was too much to pass up. This would be a 1940's reissue as well as this History of Jazz 78 box set which includes a Leadbelly. 

 This is my favorite so far Sunny Ade and his African beats. This album is superb. I love the music of Nigeria from the 70's. It is bad ass.
The beautiful Miriam Makeba and her classic Pata Pata. If you have heard the song youtube it now. 

This is more traditional but fascinating.