Monday, February 8, 2016

Audio History Museum - Hope Arkansas - PWK Protoype

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 pick Chris.  

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Kali Mutsa

Seems a little Nina Hagen, Yma Sumac, M.I.A, Bollywood, Gypsy caravan with some electro tossed in for good measure. Very interesting. 

From the Byron Dept Of Internet Research

Friday, February 5, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

PWK 3 X 5 MultiCell Horn 1944

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.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Genrad V-5 Series Variac

 Just brought this heavy piece of equipment home today. I dig the vintage industrial look and feel.

Might as well point at the wood floors I just refinished 8-)

The cage is super cool.....

Here is the manual if anyone is looking for it. Would be difficult to hook up without....

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ali Farka Touré

Part of today's playlist while I finish some projects.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016


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.

Making a Mercury Arc Rectifier

Flashing The Getter

Nixie Pet

Restoring A 1949 TV

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

1961 Laboratory Report On Integrated Stereo Amplifiers Part 2

 Here is Part 2  of the laboratory report on integrateds of 1961 be sure you check last weeks post for Part 1

Sunday, January 24, 2016

RCA Living Stereo 1958

Brilliant video and edusales piece. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Thursday, January 21, 2016

1961 Laboratory Report On Integrated Stereo Amplifiers Part 1

Here is a very cool Hi-Fi Stereo lab report on integrateds available in 1961.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Gray AM 50 Power Amplifier

Gray mostly known for Broadcast equipment produced this EL34 based amplifier.
 The ad doesn't do them justice.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

3,000,000 Hits

Ok it took a long time to get the 3 million pageviews but hey I got em.
Thanks everyone!

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.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Klipsch Model H

Before the Klipsch Heresy was named it was simply the Model H.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Neumann AM-131

Check out this beautiful lathe.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday #2

Apparently today's Hi-Fi girls was more video girl so here is another one to make up for it.
Mansfield and Collins.

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday