Tuesday, January 29, 2013

1957 Presenting THE FRAZIER SERIES Brochure By IEC

 This brochure was a real eye opener for me. I didn't know that Frazier's were once manufactured by International Electronics Corporation. Nor have I ever seen The Frazier Californian... Oh mama...... That is superb. Shipping weight 400lbs........ Mmmmmmmm


 OMG This is the speaker I want to find. The Californian utility... It is a good size it is two way and big ole folded bass horn.... A few of my favorite things.
Thank you for email me this one.... Wow...

EDIT: Additional information from Todd Crane.
FYI International Electronics was "FRAZIER" It was Frazier-May way back, but it was still Jack's Co., and the speakers were still hand made by some of the guy's father's that were still at Frazier when Jack died. (sons and grandson's) Jack loved the 30 some odd people that worked for him. Two 15 min breaks a day with NO time clock, other than to punch in and out each day. A plot out back where the guys could grow their gardens...etc, and Jack talked to EACH employee EVERY day!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Saturday, January 26, 2013

P-Model Japanese Electro Pop Pioneers

It makes me sad that P-Model is nearly unheard in the west. They started in the 70's and had a career that spanned 20 years. Their first record In A Model Room is a classic from 1979 clearly electropop pioneers. They inspired the Japanese electro new wave punk bands for years to come. I was turned on to these guys and many other Japanese bands by Byron Werner who is the other half of Rural War Room. I can't find my other  two favorites on the youtube so here is one from In A Model Room. If you ever see In A Model Room just buy it.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Electro-Voice There is a difference in High-Fidelity Equipment

The HiFi shop my 1950's console was purchased from is listed in this ad Moses Melody Shop...

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Arkansas Hillbilly Blues Psychedelia - Tyrannosaurus Chicken

Went out last night to the Little Rock institution White Water Tavern to see Tyrannosaurus Chicken. I believe it is one of those bands that could only have come out of Arkansas. It is a two piece band but they put out a lot of sound. You know a band is good when within a minute your saying ah fuck this rocks. I can't wait to see them again.. I'll be better prepared for the next show.

Sometimes you just have to hear a band live. These clips give an impression of what they are like but there is so much going on live that does not come across in recordings or youtube clips. Rachel Ammons plays cello, fiddle, banjo, guitar, and mouth harp. The cello was freaking amazing. 

If you ever come to through Little Rock check the White Water Tavern show list as it has seen its share of great acts.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

why we bother

After a work week that was catastrophic on a near biblical scale I really needed to wind down but was having difficulty getting there. I hadn't listened to any music for what seemed like forever but actually 8 days. I usually have the system on each night and most of the weekend if I am home. I had been so wound up it was not possible to do any listening.
 A friend Richard Albright had loaned me an active crossover to experiment with and to nail down settings and tweaks for another project in the works. I had set everything up and finally turned the system on with basic settings for my system. This will be refined but initially I think there is something to putting the crossover further up the chain. I have to tell some friends that they were right.
 So early this morning I get everything hooked up and put on a few of my favorite 70's African records and then a few I hadn't heard yet. The second the needle landed in the groove I was starting to recover. Sometimes we forget the power of music and its ability to change or mood and frame of mind. After burning through a couple records I was starting to feel more like myself again. This is why we bother to put these systems together not because the gear is cool but because music can change us. 
As for the modest system I have cobbled together it wouldn't be where it is today if it weren't for good friends out there who have steered me in the right direction. Thanks guys you rock. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Heathkit 1963 Ad

Monday, January 14, 2013

Jim Lansing 5052

Early Lansing rear loaded exponential theater horn system.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013

DIY Making Of A C Type Triode

Glassslinger has posted some really interesting videos on youtube but this on is tops.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Sousahorn - 160Hz Horn For Full Range Drivers

This must be Le Cleac'h horn week. Just as soon as I complain that we can't get the big Le Cleac'h horn from Australia due to shipping cost I receive word that they are being built in the US. I spoke with Gary Gill of Capital Audiofest fame briefly about these horns. Gary is behind these horns being produced here in the US. Getting a product of this quality produced is no easy task. The price is also very low in my opinion so if you want a pair at this price I would get a pair soon from Gary's ebay store click here  or search ebay Sousahorn.   .
 If I can wrap up my primary speaker system this year it would be really cool to start on my secondary system. I'd like to try a Lowther on one of these horns with a TSCM underneath or some other large bass horn.
I received an email from Mike Seddon of Azurahorn who says these are not authorized copies of his work. I hope Mike and Gary can get together to work out this misunderstanding.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Horns From Down Under - Azurahorn

These guys in Perth build some great horns. I wish they were closer as they can't ship their larger horns. Hmm.. perhaps we could fill a large storage container and ship them to New Orleans :).  The horns are in the following flare rates: 160Hz, 204Hz, 340Hz, 425Hz and 550Hz. Those of us outside of Australia are restricted to the 425Hz and 550Hz. They sound superb and would do well on top of any big bass horns. Check out the impressive curves here http://azurahorn.com/azurahorn_horns.html.

A few examples from their gallery. Their push pull horn is very interesting.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013