Saturday, April 18, 2015

45 145 245 345 445 Tubes

My friend the TubeHoarder found a big box of 45 tubes for me to try in my amp. Not sure of the condition but I don't often get to roll through a dozen gobes and then a dozen coke bottles.
 
Engraved base de Forest Audio 445... Beautiful.

 Engraved base Arcturus Power Amplifier 145.


 Engraved base Cunningham CX 345. 
A good pic on this one.

 Engraved base ECHOTRON. Great name. 
It is strange that the filament is resting on the grid in this one. 

 It was really difficult to get a pic of the Majestic engraved base.

 Haven't found any info on this engraved base Marvin MX 245.

 Another Engraved Base RCA Radiotron 45

 Another RCA Radiotron UX 245 Engraved Base

National Union Coke Bottles with engraved  base. Very cool.

Out of the engraved bases now. Here is a selection of RCA coke bottle 45s.
Do vintage tubes sound better than modern? I don't know for sure.
Which do you prefer?
I get a kick out of running antique tubes. There is something special about listening to music through  old triodes. Listening to history. It doesn't hurt that the tubes look beautiful as well.
 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Fairchild 255

Try to find a Low Cost Fairchild 255 in this day and age. Don't think it will happen.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Gray Research 108-B 106-SP Tonearms

Gray Research tonearms and equalizer ad.
Gray in action on a 401.
I've always wanted to run one of these old Gray's.
602 Equalizer


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Jensen High Fidelity Loudspeaker Line

From the Unax to the Triax Jensen ad. The Jensen marketing machine sure had fun with names like Unax, Duax, Coaxial and Triaxial speaker offerings. Of course vintage Jensen ends at the G610.
I wish I could still get the free data sheet.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Technics SL-P1200

After 1400 posts I'm posting a CD player. Never thought it would come to this but I've always wanted one of these top loading broadcast cd players from the 1980's. It has nothing to do with sound quality. I just like the way it looks. I might be sick.... It could be something serious. Next week I promise to make up for it with plenty of broadcast turntables.


I should have posted this on April 1st.
Feeling digital dirty.



Monday, April 6, 2015

Realistic High Fidelity Horn Loudspeakers and Enclosures - 1956

Here is a classic article written by Hartley of Hartley audio store. This has to be the best out of the series and if I find the other 7 I will post them.




Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Anarchestra

This guy Alex Ferris is brilliant. I tried to classify his sound but just stopped to enjoy it for what it is which is amazing.

 Reroar
 
I'm going to sample the many albums on his site and then buy a few.

 The influence of Harry Partch lives.


Friday, April 3, 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Craftsman C500 Monoblock

This is a rare one the Craftsman C500 monoblock.

This is something I never noticed about the Craftsman C500... Licensed under patents of Western Electric Co.
 Schematic.