Wednesday, August 31, 2011

RIP Honey Boy Edwards


One of the originals from the early days of blues. Played with Robert Johnson and has said he was there the day Robert Johnson was poisoned in a bar do I need to say more. I don't like the slicked down electric blues give me that acoustic rural delta blues. Thanks for the music and stories Honey Boy.


Robert Johnson stories by Honey Boy.




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Saturday, August 27, 2011

RCA MI-4400 1940's

I really dig the RCA designs. The MI4400 was new to me but a very interesting beastie. Check out the interesting cabinet design and vanes on the driver. I hope to find something this interesting some day. Check it out.











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Friday, August 26, 2011

Madness Take It Or Leave It

When I was a kid I listened to everything I could get my ears around. Started on my dads country, my brothers 60's rock and my uncles classical music. Then on a trip to England when I was a little whipper snapper I heard the new re-branded ska 2tone sound. This was bands like The Specials, The Selector, The Beat, The Bodysnatchers and Madness. I dove into this music head first. Of course this was just a primer to prepare me for the music that influenced these bands which was even better.

Long story short I always liked the first couple Madness albums One Step Beyond, Absolutely, and 7 but after these albums they lost their way and went for that sold out pop sound. I totally recommend One Step Beyond it is a classic. Not long after One Step Beyond was released the band did something very interesting they made a movie about the forming of the band called Take It Or Leave It. Making a movie 8 months after your first hit is a really strange thing to do. This movie is about the forming of the band to the point that they are packing out pubs in London on and on the brink of hitting it big in the UK. I had waited so long to see Madness when they were in their prime in the late 70's early 80's and this is it. This move is a glimpse into that time period right as they started their career. A saint has uploaded the movie to youtube in 9 parts so check it out before it is gone. If you click on this link it should take you to the youtube playlist for the movie Take It Or Leave It and play each part consecutively http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIswqSdhHy8&playnext=1&list=PLECCA09F160ABFCD3 . Click here



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Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

I wonder what kind of speaker that is. The cabinet material is very thick. I know Bozak used that thickness but not sure of the model. Oh hey look there is a model in this shot.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Jensen This is High Fidelity

I wish this scan was a little easier to read but I'm posting anyway. Jensen 1950's ad article in Allied Catalog.





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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Inlow Sound Paper Mache Horn And Other DIY Stuff

I was doing my normal horn porn research when I found this website by Inlow Sound. They are making paper mache horns. They show you how to make your own. Very cool DIY stuff.
Explore the Inlow Sound website if you are into DIY horns. Very interesting work and projects. http://www.inlowsound.com/.



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Monday, August 22, 2011

Dynakit ad 1960

Friday, August 19, 2011

Swing In High Stereo

I love these old LP covers featuring for no apparent reason hifi gear. Can't say I'm familiar with Ted Heath but I'd buy it for the 604's on the cover. I'm really craving some 604's...hint hint... :)

Kierulff Audio Workshop LA

The glory days of real Audio Shops. Kierulff in LA must have been an amazing experience. Gotta get that time machine and stuff my pockets with cash.....



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Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday



Thursday, August 18, 2011

Bozak Best For Built-In Systems

Here is another scan from Audio Magazine 1960. Great Bozak ad from 1960. I wonder how long Bozak was in business.



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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Vinyl Horns

Some sick bastard decided it was a good idea to turn vinyl into a horn shaped device. Hmm ok not a terrible idea. I can think of some vinyl I own that the world would definitely not miss nor would I feel bad about melting down. They are also doing this at a live event so check it out here http://www.fastcodesign.com/1664791/exhibit-bends-your-vinyl-records-into-speaker-cones.






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Monday, August 15, 2011

1930's Working Field Coil Lansing Iconic

This is an incredible example of the iconic. Check it out. It is close to the top of my dream speaker list.









Very cool video and check out the RCA to the side. Not sure how accurate the iphone spl meter is but it seems loud enough.



I don't often post ebay auctions but this is exceptional. Click here




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Equipment Profile Scott 299 Audio Magazine 1960

I picked up some new Audio Magazine porn last week. They are excellent reading and packed with lots of ads. I'll be buying as many of these as I can find or afford lol... I know lots of guys love the Scott 299 so this is for you.






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Friday, August 12, 2011

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

Very nice Jensens.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

RCA 515S2 Data Sheets 1950


Thank you Gilmore in Colorado for sending me the original data sheets. Too cool.

I promise only one more 515S2 post in the next month and that will be all the material I have on them. I would like to compare the cabinet in these documents to the Klipsch rebel styke corner cabinet mine came with. Should I replace the capacitor on these old speakers?




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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

1950's Norelco Speaker Ads

I did not know that Norelco speakers were made by Phillips until just now. That is really cool. I'll have to keep a look out for Norelco speakers now as well






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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Tannoy The Sound People Exhibit

Tannoy the good stuff on exhibit. It looks very early. This looks like a very early audio show.





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