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.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wright Decoster Ad

Good advice from Wright Decoster. I wish I could find more information on this company. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Langevin 20 Watt Power Amplifier

The Langevin 128 series amplifier. I really like industrial design.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Coffee And Records

I drink more coffee while listening to tunes than anything else. Until recently we didn't have a great local roaster. I've been buying beans at the place that shall not be named or ordering online form La Colmbe. Now I can pick up Arkansas Onyx coffee at the local market...
 They send a good message as well.
 Sound advice. Not only are they great roasters but they have a love of vinyl.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Ear Is Our Customer - Bell Labs

Where it all began.

Monday, November 3, 2014

B&O MultiCell Horn

I need a translation of this one. Still I dig the multicells.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

I'm Steampunk Now

Not Hi-Fi but....... 
I Am Steampunk Now
Here are a few Steampunk Chap Hop vids.

Sorry for the Tangent Monday will resume normal Hi-Fi.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

ItIsHiFi Is On Vacation So It Is On Autopilot

I'm taking a much needed vacation in the outer island Bahamas. The site is on auto pilot with post scheduled until December 1st. If you don't see anything after that I've been eaten by a shark or worse.
The only HiFi I'll have is the sound of waves break'n.. Perfect.

Friday, October 31, 2014


By the time you are reading this I will be sitting at a Conch Bar in the Bahamas 8-)

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Take Care Of Your Records

Sound advice from Columbia Records

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Smallest Cheapest Loud Speaker Receiver Makes Its Bow - Loftin and White

Loftin and White Article from January 1930.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Garrard 301 Plinth Building Part 2

The 301 is coming along great. Kenny did a superb job cutting the boards and helping with design. I spent Friday and Saturday gluing it together. Today I spent alot of time sanding. Lots of sanding. Could have used a belt sander.
 I used transformers for extra weight the heavy one is 700v 300ma. That is for a project down the road.. What stereo amp should I build with that? Enough for a Brook 12 clone?
 It did it in sections of three. Then did the 3 larger sections last.
One of my smart ass friends "huffer" left this on a scrap of wood I didn't find until I went looking for scraps. 
 I'm done sanding. Looks great. 
I'm thinking about Walnut veneer.
The 13ply is great!!
Could I wait for veneer..... Just had to give it a spin. Going to make some minor changes like adding a solid walnut tonearm mount.
Yes it is a little fast. I lost my magnets that I added to eddy break to get speed spot on.... Dang it.

Thanks again Kenny couldn't have gotten this far without your help.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Garrard 301 Plinth Building Part 1

I've had this Garrard for a few years and it still works very well. I built this plinth in 45 minutes and it was supposed to be temporary but no I used it for many years.
This is the before pic.
 I met local Klipsch forum member Kenny this year. His woodworking skills are top notch. I was lamenting my lack of a proper plinth for this great table while we were listening to the Jubilees. A few emails later and he has offered to help me with the plinth. It is great to have generous forum members in town.
 He recommended some 13plly plywood so I picked up a sheet at a local supplier. 
This is a sheet of 13 ply ripped down to 21 x 18 inch pieces. Ten total with one used as a template. If we use 9 layers of 13 ply that is 117 ply layers... Dang...
 This was the most time consuming aspect of the plinth build but the rounded corners look spectacular.
 Here is where we stopped on Saturday. That is alot of progress in 4 hours.
 About two hours or so on Tuesday night and we have everything cut and tonearm placement is spot on.
 This has far exceeded my expectations.
Now I have homework.
Repeat as necessary.
Pick veneer.

Thank you Kenny for your time and help building this Garrard 301 plinth.
Top notch.

Part 2 to follow.

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Trends in Loud Speakers - October 1948

A very early Klipschorn design mentioned in Radio Electronics 1948. Also Altec and a few couple other interesting designs.