Chris Hornbeck and I were in Hope, Ar on Friday to see if there was anything new in the Klipsch Audio History Museum. The new item did not disappoint. It is a prototype of the shorthorn era. A mini Khorn? Not sure. There aren't too many prototypes I am aware of so this is an extremely rare item. It is loaded with four ten inch drivers and is a split cabinet. I can tell the era because it was made of 1/4" plywood like the rebel was made.
Here is Jim pointing out the placement of the drivers.
A look inside.
Here you can see the sound path.
Jim Hinter has posted many priceless stories on the Klipsch website.
Scroll down to More about Paul Wilbur Klipsch to read some of these stories and bits of history.
Jim Hunter's work on the archive is of the utmost importance for those interested in audio history. There are letters to and from all the greats from the heady days of HiFi. PWK may have been one of the most networked men in the industry. He kept every letter. Not sure PWK had a trash can lol...
I can't visit Hope, Ar without fondling my favorite speaker. Now since I
have heard one in upstate New York I like the 16a even more. Thanks for
the pic Chris.
I really like multicells especially the big ones. This one was designed while PWK was looking for a solution for his HF. This horn did not make it to production.
I was recently at a friends listening to some large 10 cell Vitavox multicell horns that literally reached from corner to corner on top of a pair of khorns. The coverage was superb. I can't wait to hear this combo again. Don't discount the multicells horns to fast because they are old technology give them a chance.
Jim Hunter Klipsch engineer and historian posted this document in his post about the first 12 Klipschorns.
I watch many DIY electronics videos on youtube to pick up tips and tricks and just learning how to work with old electronics. There are a couple of posters I watch regularly. I just stumbled upon Glasslinger who makes small triode tubes, Nixie tubes, and repairs various early electronics. Glasslinger is crazy brilliant and entertaining.
Ok it took a long time to get the 3 million pageviews but hey I got em.
Not sure what is going to happen to this site. I may discontinue, change direction, redesign, or migrate from blog to full site. It seems long in the tooth to me but maybe it is because I'm doing it...
Who knows? I'll give it a think..
Here are some great performances by Mulatu Astatke.
“I like big horns and I cannot lie, those little horns make me cry” Tom Danley "Simple. A horn is just a reasonably rigid boundary for an air column. Now all you have to do is figure what shape to make it." PWK