Friday, April 29, 2011

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

Someone is in trouble for using cheap tubes again.


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Arkansas Ozarks I Like Mountain Music

I've been cruising the Ozark hills all for a couple of days just to get out of town. My brain inadvertently filled my iPod with early blues and jug bands. The best sound track for the hills has to be R Crumbs 2008 release Heroes Of Jazz Blues and Country Music. All from his collection of 78 records. R Crumb is quite the collector.


This is a tribute to R.Crumbs Hereos of Jazz Blues and Country by JZ Brat Sound of Tokyo and they really do great work. I might be a dork but I dig this stuff.


Memphis Jug Band


Great vintage jug band footage. I'm so glad this exists.



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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Western Electric Rear View

Always thought the Western Electric logo was cool.
I wish there was a place i could hear such a system still in use today.

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Horns Of Unusual Size

I ran across this photo in one of my folders. If any has any info about these horns or the builder please share any information you have. I love large horns but this is HUGE! Bravo!




Thanks Chris for the link to more photos.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Presto 1951 Ad

Monday, April 25, 2011

RCA Next To Perfect

I have RCA on the brain this week. Too bad we couldn't order the pricing info and brochures from these advert.


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Friday, April 22, 2011

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

I am sad I missed the age of go-go clubs. This go-go dj is spining a Thorens. The audience looks a little square though.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Mikiphone Pocket Phonograph

I really want to find one of these to play through some of the stacks of 78's I have.



Youtube of the Mikiphone in action.



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Hillard with a Massive Flown System

Now that is a flown system. Dam! Chief Engineers at Altec had all the fun.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Altec 400B Dia-cone 8" Speaker



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Monday, April 18, 2011

Arthur Fiedler's Klipschorn

Arthur Fiedler was director of the Boston Pops. He was a HiFi enthusiast and custom ordered a Klipschorn in the early 50's. PWK I'm sure arranged a discount to use Arthur Fiedler in an early Klipschorn ad.

Arthur Fiedler Klipschorn is currently in the Klipsch Audio History Museum. Here are a couple pics.


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Saturday, April 16, 2011

April 16th Record Store Day

Go out and buy some records at your local shop.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Syd Barrett

Not a big Floyd fan unless it was Syd Barrett Floyd.



When we parted I had written everything for the group. My leaving sort of evened things out within the group. -- Syd Barrett


Noooo put the records in the sleeves.....


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Western Electric 728B Ad



A dealer in Little Rock. Hmmm perhaps I'll find a pair some day.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Yamamura Turntable

This is interesting. A Yamamura Churchill turntable. Can't find much information about it but the tonearm reminds me of one from 47 Labs.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Living Stereo Blues

This is a cool piece featuring Robert Johnsons Phonograph blues and RCA Living Stereo footage.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Klipsch Cornwall Missing Link MIA

Klipsch is looking for any examples of these models that may be in existence. Not officially sold but they are a transition between Shorthorn and Cornwall. If you have one of these contact the good people at Klipsch.

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Klipschorn Jubilee Home Theater and Two Channel System

Rigma started five years ago on an over the top DIY Klipschorn Jubilee build finished in Rosewood veneer. Most of the gear in the following pics were built by Rigma except for the other 5 Jubilees.
Details on this system.
The front left and right Jubilee's are 'clones' we built about 5 years ago.

All of the other 5 are factory built.

Behind the left and right Jubilee's are Danley DTS-10's which we built from kits.

The crossovers you see on the sidewalls were built by us to Roy's schematic using the best components we could find.

Following is the way the speakers are used:

FOR MUSIC:

Front L & R and Center Jubilee's with 402/TAD 4002 are powered by WE-300B Mono Blocks built from scratch.

The other front Jubilee Bass Bins are powered by Crown K1 and are operating from 20 HZ to 55 HZ with EQ to add only the frequency's needed to obtain a flat response down to 20 HZ.

The rear Jubilee Bass Bins, also powered by Crown K1, are adding a little boost at 32 HZ only.

The preamp is a scratch built Berman 76 with a custom phono section designed by K&K Audio.

Turntable is a VPI Aries II with Ortofon Jubilee cartridge.

CD Player is Jolida feeding a K&K Audio extreme RAK DAC

FOR HOME THEATER:

Front L & R are powered by a Crown D-300A Series II with speakers set to small.

Center is powered by a Crown D-150A Series II in Mono.


The other front Jubilee Bass Bins are powered by Crown K1 and are operating from 30 HZ to 80 HZ

The Danley's are powered by Crown K1 and are operating from 10 HZ to 40 HZ

The rear Jubilee Bass Bins, also powered by Crown K1, and the 501/K69 horn is powered by a Crown D-150A series II

The preamp processor is a McIntosh MX-135

Blu-Ray player is an OPPO Special Edition

Screen is 110" Seymour Acoustically Transparent

For both Music and HT:

The sub processing and rear are handled by a USM-810. The bass is tamed by a analog Rives Parc Unit.


I've seen these massive passives in person and the pictures do not do their scale or quality justice.
The 300B amplifiers used for music are wonderful. I've had a desire to get back to triodes after I fisrt heard these. Like his other builds these utilize high quality parts throughout.

I thought I was a Jubilee fan but Rigma has me topped. This is absolutely superb. Congrats on the build as this had to take considerable time to put together.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Monday, April 4, 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011