Monday, April 30, 2012

YL Acoustic Co. YL-15 3 Way Speaker

I really dig YL Audio. Their horns are very interesting. This one recently sold on ebay. I'd love to hear this one. I'm going to continue research into this company. If any has any info please send it to me... Thanks.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

King Biscuit Time - Helena Arkansas


A friends dad was one of the radio show dj's. The stories he tells are amazing. I can't do it just so here is some history from the electroweb.
King Biscuit Time is one of the longest-running American radio shows in history.[citation needed] The program is broadcast each weekday from KFFA in Helena, Arkansas, and has won the George Foster Peabody Award for broadcasting excellence.

The first broadcast of King Biscuit Time was on November 21, 1941 on KFFA in Helena, and featured the African-American blues artists Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller) and Robert Lockwood, Jr. Williamson and Lockwood played live in the studio and were the key musicians in the original studio band, the King Biscuit Entertainers. Other musicians who joined the original band were Pinetop Perkins on piano and James Peck Curtis on drums. Williamson left the program in 1947 but returned for a stint in 1965 just prior to his death.

The 30-minute long live radio program is broadcast at 12:15 every weekday and was named after the local flour company, King Biscuit Flour. The local grocery distributor financed the show at the behest of Williamson in exchange for endorsements and naming rights. KFFA was the only station that would play music by African-Americans, and it reached an audience throughout the Mississippi Delta region and inspired a host of important blues musicians including B.B. King, Robert Nighthawk, James Cotton, and Ike Turner. The show's 12:15 time slot was chosen to match the lunch break of African-American workers in the Delta.

King Biscuit Time celebrated its 16,000th broadcast on June 22, 2010. KBT has more broadcasts than the Grand Ole Opry and American Bandstand. Since 1951 the program has been hosted by the award winning "Sunshine" Sonny Payne[1] who opens each broadcast with "pass the biscuits, cause its King Biscuit Time!" Before Payne, the show was hosted by Hugh Smith from 1943-1951. Over the years the biggest names in blues have been associated with the program, and important blues artists continue to perform live.





Silent footage of King Biscuit Time in Helena Ark 1942 1952<>

Silent footage. Max Moore, owner of Interstate Grocery in Helena, Arkansas, was the sponsor for radio station KFFA's "King Biscuit Time" program. We believe he shot this home movie circa 1942. In it, renowned blues musicians Robert 'Junior' Lockwood and Sonny Boy Williamson perform on the front porch of a small-town Arkansas grocery store. This is likely the earliest footage of these musicians performing together. The second portion of the clip is a 1952 tour featuring Williamson and his band. This film was preserved with a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation. Max Moore Home Movie Collection.


http://www.kingbiscuitfestival.com/

Saturday, April 28, 2012

YL Acoustic Co.

Here is a very interesting Japanese audio company I am currently investigating. They make some very cool horns.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Technics Sound Space Twin Load Horn

These are interesting Technics speakers. These would be adequate computer speakers ;)
Technics 25hz sub.

Popular Western Electric Tubes For Amateur Use

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Os Mutantes - Panis Et Circensis & Bat Macumba Live 1969


I've been listening to lots of new vinyl purchases but keep coming back to Os Mutantes. The audio on these doesn't compare to the recordings but still so cool to see them play live. What is there to dislike about psychedelic tropical.




Monday, April 23, 2012

Conn Speakers For Organ..... Yikes

Ok this cost $20,000 in 1952... Jump'n jebus what is that in today moolah. Also what the heck is that oversized looking 16A horn on the left. Yeah I need that. Just to push it over the top eight Jensen G610 speakers. I must admit that I like their style...
Source and much more info
http://orgs.usd.edu/nmm/News/Newsletter/August2010/ConnResearch.html
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Hi-Fi And The Electronic Crossover

Here is an interesting article from Popular Electronics March 1957. Can't say I'm a big electronic crossover fan but they are great tools. I'm not much of a system tweaker like many of my friends. I just want to listen to tunes.
Sorry for the lack of posts. I've been hiding in the Ozark Mountains for a week. It was superb.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

A little late but I'm deep in the Ozarks with no wifi and rare cell coverage. It is great.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mobile B&O

I dig the mobile B&O. I know the horns must be long gone but would be cool to have a pair of those. With a system like that on my truck I could have fun :)

Bauer 1939 Hi-Lo Phonic

Here is a Bauer ad featuring a speaker similar to the mystery speaker posted earlier.

Western Electric 13A Reproduction

Ahhhhh nice.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

1958 Exotic german scifi jungle robot spaceship girl monkey madness

Exotic german scifi jungle robot spaceship girl monkey madness.... I mean how weird is this. Thanks Byron for sending me this one. I am curious what search terms led you to this one.....



I am the moon lady There is only one I live here alone in Neutronen The man in the moon is my father My house is directly behind the moon I am bored (It is so boring) (repeated twice more) Nothing is going on here I am alone without a man I am so bored, I am so bored I have no friends here with whom to gossip There is no movie house There is no television There is no Rock and roll or jazz I cannot go to the hair salon I say only "bonjour Tristan" It is so boring It is so boring It is so boring.

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I was forwarded the following information about this clip and thought I would share.


The guy who plays the conductor of the orchestra, Jopi Heesters, just died
last christmas aged 108 years old. He had still been performing.

The translation of the lyrics is a bit vague. She doesn't sing "Bonjour
Tristan", but "Bonjour tristesse"... which makes more sense.

It's nice to see the space genre meeting the exotica genre.

In her later years Marika Rökk would be featured as the woman who has
"stayed young" and could miraculously dance at 70 et al.
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marika_Rökk For most Germans she was the
Hungarian Czardas princess, that she played in some of her movies.

Here is more of her, showing how the Nazis during the last hopeless days of
the war, counted on escapism to detract the masses from reality. This made
it particularily difficult to reestablish exoticism in postwar Germany, as
it was seen as Nazi lies.

http://youtu.be/Wqjf-ygl1Kk

Hard Truckers Speakers

Hard Truckers Speakers from San Francisco. They seem to be the ultimate in hippie speakers on the road.Here is some history on the company. http://www.dozin.com/cabinets/hard_truckers.html http://www.hardtruckers.com/



Friday, April 13, 2012

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

Yeah I know what your thinking so I won't even say it....

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Onkyo GS-1 or Grand Scepter

I didn't know that Onkyo made anything that looked this cool. I do have issue with the name Grand Scepter why didn't they just call it GP-1 or Grand Penis. Hmm I wonder if the GP-1 was sold in the US.

Specifications
Scheme 2 ways, 3 speaker all horn scheme, and a floor type
Using unit Low-pass: 28cm(W3060A)2x2
High region: Horn type tweeter (TW502801A)
Play frequency band 20Hz - 20000Hz
The maximum input 300W(EIAJ)
The moment maximum input 2000W
Impedance 8ohm
Cross over frequency 800Hz
Output sound pressure 88dB/W/m
At the time of an external equalizer using: 100dB[/W ]/m
Dimensions Width 630x height 1060x depth of 615mm (saran net included)
Weight 117kg (77kg of the Woofer sections, 40kg of the Tweeter sections

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Outsider Music & Half Japanese Live In Hell

Outsider music, a term coined by Irwin Chusid in the mid-1990s, are songs and compositions by musicians who are not part of the commercial music industry who write songs that ignore standard musical or lyrical conventions, either because they have no formal training or because they disagree with formal rules. This type of music, which often lacks typical structure and is emotionally stark, has few outlets; performers or recordings are often promoted by word of mouth or through fan chat sites, usually among communities of music collectors and music connoisseurs. Outsider musicians usually have much "greater individual control over the final creative" product either because of a low budget or because of their "inability or unwillingness to cooperate" with modifications by a record label or producer.

The band Half Japanese is the very essence of outsider music. These guys are interesting. Consider this frame of reference material. Here they are in Live In Hell which MTV refused to play... MTV was so VH1 even in the early days.

It is not hard to tell that they aren't musicians in the classic sense. In fact Jad Fair plays an untuned electric guitar and brags "the only chord I know is the one that connects the guitar to the amp".

If your into this sort of thing you should check the Half Japanese documentary The Band That Would Be King.

Horns Of Unusual Size

I really need to renovate my attic space so I can get some appropriately sized horns like these.
YEAH!!!!!! thats what I'm talking about HORRNS!!!!!!!!!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Western Electric Reproduction System

They did a great job on this horn system. It looks great but I wonder how tall the ceiling is..

Friday, April 6, 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Voigt Cornerhorn

This is one of the most beautiful Voigt cornerhorns I've ever seen.

Klipsch - Keepers Of The Sound

Nice to see this come from Klipsch. Perhaps the Jubilee will see production some day.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

You See Me Laughin' - The Last Of The Hill Country Bluesman - Fat Possum

Jeffery Jackson sent me home with this DVD to check out and dammmmm is it cool. I really don't like cleaned up white blues it drives me nuts. However this reminds me of real delta blues rough around the edges and raw. These guys are the real deal. I've watched it 3 times already lol. It may be wore out by the time Jeffery gets it back in the mail.
It is only $14 so just buy it.
http://www.fatpossum.com/products/you-see-me-laughin