Tuesday, May 31, 2011

MCM Stephens Trusonic Eames

House of the future featuring Eames style Stephens Trusonic Hi-Fi. I'm hooked on the mid century modern design. I'd love to find one of these systems someday.


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Friday, May 27, 2011

Worlds Collide

Zappa and Nesmith on the Monkees TV set.


This cracks me up. Banal and insipid. lol I miss Frank.



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Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Radio Craftsman ad 1956

Not sure what to think about this one but it does represent the times. I've noticed I have a glut of Hi-Fi ads from 1955 and 1956. This must of been the apex of dollars spent on advertising.




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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

GE Hi-Fi 1956

I can't say that I have ever seen GE Hi-Fi gear before. It seems vintage Hi-Fi ads are continually trying to improve their wife acceptance factor. Yes the flowers certainly help lol.
While it may be mid century that guy needs a better chair.




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Monday, May 23, 2011

DO's and DONT'S of Hi-Fi Popular Electronics Oct 1956

Here is another cool scan from my most recent vintage mag purchase.




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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Moth Audio Museum Website

I always admired Moth Audio creations. Moth was ahead of the Steampunk scene.

Sphynx


The amp I've always wanted to own the Moth M304TL.


Now that I am interested in passive volume controls I wish I had bought the PV4.


Even though you can't order Moth products any more check out the Moth Audio Museum pages. http://www.mothmuseum.com/mothaudio/products2.html . Moth Audio morphed into EddieCurrent so if you admired Moth check out Eddie Current. It isn't as Steampunk but check it out. http://www.eddiecurrent.com/Home_Page.php


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Friday, May 20, 2011

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

Retro party DJ with a cold one.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Rek-O-Kut LP-743 Project

I've been pretty happy with my system and haven't tweaked anything in a long time. I thought it was time for another project to keep me busy and hands off the current system. I've been putting single bids on various turntables and won this ROK LP-743 last week. I've been asking lots of questions about it and am now trying to get it whipped into shape.
The ROK design is very compact. It is easy to take apart and put back together. I'm not a fan of the on off switch or speed control but I'll get used to it.


A single idler and double idler. That is alot of rubber. I've been using rubber rejevenator since they don't look too bad.
Look at how little there really is to this ROK.
The motor is a little funky. I've cleaned it up pretty well. It works but would be cool to have a new one. There seems to be a bit of vibration and heat when run even on its own but after talking to others this is normal. Any advice is appreciated.

The grommets may need a little tweeking.
This is the sort of effort that gives me hope for the ROK.
I'm starting to look for a vintage tonearm. I can't believe how much they have gone up in value. Anyone have a tonearm not being used lol....


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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Heathkit Speaker Crossover Ad Oct 1956


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Monday, May 16, 2011

Popular Electronics Oct 1956 How to Pick the Right Turntable

These old articles are great. The best seem to be from 1955-1956. Most of this is still true today.







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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Restoration

Cash's boyhood in Dyess, AR home has been purchased by Arkansas State University. In fact the town of Dyess, AR is going to turn the town back in time to when Johnny Cash was around. The town doesn't have much else going for it and this is a good opportunity to transform the town. I hope it works.
http://www.dyessday.com/
http://www.preservationnation.org/magazine/2011/story-of-the-day/arkansas-state-university.html
http://arkansasheritagesites.astate.edu/AHS/Dyess.html

In a rare event I agree with University sponsered music festival. Arkansas State University is putting on the Johnny Cash Music Festival. The proceeds go to fund the restoration of Cash's boyhood home. Fortunately Rosanne Cash can remember all the details of the home so it will be exact. There are many structures in the town that will eventually be restored through donations and this ongoing festival. Check out the Dyess Theater. Sure part of me wondered what sort of Hi-Fi gear could be scavenged and then guilt set in....bad iain.
For details on the music festival go here http://www.johnnycashmusicfest.com/
Cash grew up in Dyess, AR but was born in Kingsland, AR close by and there is a memorial there as well.

I've been a closet Cash fan since I was a kid. His music wasn't the typical country or rock. He had his own sound and it was just Cash. Thanks for the tunes.

I love artists at the beginnings of the careers. Some great early Cash performances.









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Friday, May 13, 2011

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

Ok I'll be back to normal posting. My laptop death was very traumatic but all data was saved and the new MacBook Pro rocks.

Miss Canada 1966 has a cool Hi-Fi. Does anyone know the brand?

Thanks Frederick for the info.
http://www.clairtone.ca/projectg/

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Horns Of Unusual Size Part II


I received an email from Bjorn on of the horn designers of Desibel. He shared with me the following link regarding these massively impressive horns. http://ratkje.no/2009/10/desibel/ Visit the site to get the full story on why they built these Leviathan horns. He says they will eventually have a web page on technical specifics of these horns.


Desibel is 10 meters long, sounding with frequencies between 15 Hz and 15 000 Hz, reaching 130 Db within ten meters distance.
Weight: 2 tons
Height: 3.6 meters
Length: 10 meters



The horns in action.

Desibel from maja ratkje on Vimeo.





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It Is Hi-Fi Archive Disaster

In the wake of what is happening to friends and family in the Delta and Souther US this isn't a disaster. However my trusted 17" Macbook Pro bit the big one. My data has been rescued but it may take a week before normal posting is resumed.

Such a sad view. It is time for last rites.


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Friday, May 6, 2011

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

No wonder old 45's sound like crap when I buy them. They are covered in hot girl toe jam.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Pickering Isophase Speaker Ad

I have a new batch of mid 50's Hi-Fi articles scanned. I'll post one next week but here is the first peek.




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Tannoy 1968 Dual Concentric Speakers

Would love to have a Tannoy System some day.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Bourdereau French Broadcast Turntable

I'm in love with a Frenchie. This machine is superbly made.
Check out the undercarriage. The motor is huge and the quality of construction is great. The hour meter is a nice touch. When I found my Garrard 301 it had an hour meter built into the console.




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