Friday, December 19, 2014

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

Crack of dawn in the NYC

Thursday, December 18, 2014

National Company Ad

I'm not sure what the deal was with vintage audio companies but they had the most boring names. National Company apparently licensed products from other companies like Catenoid and sold them under their boring name. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Transformer-Coupled Amplifiers - Radio News 1926

Very early article on transformer coupled amplifers. Homework from 1926.

Monday, December 15, 2014


Not Hi-Fi exactly but I enjoy the DIY aspect that was such a large part of the HAM community. There is a a little crossover. Many of the techs I know where also HAM guys. I really like the industrial look of the HAM gear. I have a very large very heavy BUD National chassis that I am going to do something with once I am past a few builds.

I will be posting a few more of these in the coming months.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Swing'n Mid Century Modern Pad - Braun

Nice Braun rig from the 50's or 60's.

Monday, December 8, 2014


An early article about the 250 from the Westinghouse Lamp Company.  I wonder if Tesla was still working for Westinghouse in 1929?
Here are a couple examples of the mighty 50. The first is my fave as the construction is over the top compared to the others which I am sure are great tubes. But you have to admit they look sad by comparison. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Stephie Bench Designs

Stephie Bench is a name I have heard numerous times from Jeffery and Dave. When I saw a link to Stephie's archive I jumped at it.  I've only just started down the DIY road so I'm reading all I can. There are many things on Stephie's site I'm interested in. I'd lie if I said understood it all but I am catching on albeit slowly. Stephie's archive was saved by the good people at JacMusic There is so much cool stuff here to check out.

Right off the bat I'm most interested in the 2 way active crossover. I've been wanting to use something like this with my jubilees. I like the idea of only having what I need in the crossover without all the extra processing in the off the shelf active crossovers.

Another thing that caught my eye was Stephie's 845 No R No C amp. If you dig in there is tons of information and several No R No C designs. I'd like to work my way up to this amp. It may take a while though. Hell it could take me a while to hoard this much iron..... It would be more realistic for me to do one of Stephie's battery powered amps.

I would be curious what Stephie believes is the best amp she has ever designed. 
Check out the site it is very interesting.
Thank you Stephie & Jac Music.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Sound Of Denmark - Horns Of Unusual Size

Those Danes are at it again with their large horns. These massive horn sculptures would generate sound and energy from wind.
Art, music and energy generation may seem like unrelated entities. After all, no one imagines a power plant to be pretty, but that's exactly what the Land Art Generator Initiative has been spearheading in the past years with its portfolio of public art installations that also produce clean energy.
  I really hope this happens. Wow......
Great article by Kimberly Mok click here.

By DesignBoom

Sunday, November 30, 2014

North Mississippi Allstars

Saw the NMA last night at a small club in Little Rock. It was much better than I expected. I'd seen them many year ago but they were much improved this time. If they come to your town drop what your doing and just go.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Blondie 1980

I've got a bad case of the re-freaks today.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Electrad Loftin White A-245 Ad

I can't express how bad I'd love to find one of these Electrad Loftin White amps.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Jim Lansing Signature

A classic Jim Lansing  signature brochure. Jim Lansing's story may have been tragic but he left behind great creations and a tremendous influence.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

1946 Klipschorn Brochure

This is a rare one for the Klipschphiles.
Thanks to Jim Hunter.


Monday, November 17, 2014

REK-O-KUT Brochure

REK-O-KUT Fine Recording And Palyback Equipment Brochure

 I'd love to find one of these large record console cabinets to build a turntable around.