Saturday, August 31, 2013

The UPSETTER - Life and Music Of Lee Scratch Perry

Undeniably one of the most important forces in music. 

First to put a sample on a record.
First to scratch on a record. 
 First Reggae.
First Dub.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

Three girls rock'n out.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Comback For Corner Horns - Installation Of The Month 1962

Nice EV home built Georgian corner horns. Different from the Klipschorn in that this has a 15 inch in the bass bin but 8" midranger and a horn tweeter. Powered by Eico kits and Rek-O-Kut.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Early Lansing Factory

This is a great pic of the early Lansing factory and multicell horn construction. That 10 cell multicell horn looks big.  I've always wanted to see a modern take on the multicell perhaps with tractrix or le cleach profiles for each cell. However construction looks difficult.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

LOUDSPEAKERS A Visual Hi-Fi History 1870 - 2008

Cool poster of HiFi history. They left out a few though... LOL

I don't have a larger version of this.
But everyone else knew about this site.
You can order HiFi posters from 
Thanks for the heads up Peter and Joe.

Monday, August 26, 2013

1938 RCA Radiotrons Ad

17 years of progress from 1921 to 1938. 
My tube hoarding friend just scooped some ham tubes with some nice 833a's in the batch. They remind me of Forbidden Planet for some reason.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Old Time Religion - Western Electric 16A

I never get tired of Western Electric 16A pics.
I wonder if that is Wente, Thuras, or Blattner in the pic.  Can't tell if the quad 555 drivers are mesh or standard but I'm guessing standard.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Klipsch Belle Wallflower Sister Of The Klipschorn

There were not very many Klipsch Belle speaker advertisements in print. These are the only two I could find.
The Klipsch Belle was my first HiFi speaker. This is my audio room right after moving many years ago. Klipsch Belle speakers, George Wright WLA12 preamp, Canary Audio CA-300 300B SET and some cd and turntable. This system was really good and in some ways I always try to get back to what this system did correctly. Now my room is covered in vinyl instead of CDs. Large two way horns bi-amped instead of store made system. It is really weird looking back.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Are You Ready For The Sound Apocalypse?

No not MP3's but this example of the coming mobile sound apocalypse.
Be prepared. 
Get slack.
I assumed there would be more horns in the apocalypse?

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Edgarhorn 50

Edgarhorn 50

I have been scouring the internet looking for more info on these Edgarhorns but can not find very much. Does anyone have anything they can share about these?

 Interesting two way horn system. Beautiful.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

Bettie Page adjusts the Hi-Fi. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Authentic Klipschorn - A Voice With Perfection For The Sound Perfectionist

This Klipschorn brochure is from 1953. Definitely one of the earlier ones.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Vitavox Type GP 1 Pressure Unit

From Vitavox we have the Type GP 1 Pressure Unit. Or General Purpose 1.... Does that mean that SP  1 is Special Purpose 1? Those familiar with the movie The Jerk will get a chuckle.

Sadly I don't have the next page.

1967 Drimble Wedge & The Vegetations

Cook and Moore at their best. Drimble Wedge & The Vegetations in swinging London.... 1967 London is stop #2 when I get the time machine.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

JansZen Electrostatics

A local store has a few audio rarities in stock. These Janszen speakers are beautiful. I can't find them in any Janszen material. There is no model number but likely Z-something.  
The grill clothe and trim look very cool. 

 This is what is in side a 12 inch woofer and two electrostatic panels. I was very surprised at the sound. They were very nice.
 These are Janszen Z-900's. The specs say 38hz-22,000hz +-1db which I find hard to believe. I really like the cabinets on these with a little repair and work they could be amazing. Each cabinet is two of the above speakers two sets of electrostatic panels and two twelve inch woofers. 

 The panels are rated 700hz - 30,000 hz. I'm going to have to grab a pair of these for testing.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

Maybe a repro but you gotta love geek girl hifi.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Dirty Mac - John Lennon Keith Richards Mitch Mitchell Eric Clapton

John and Mick introducing The Dirty Mac which was composed of John Lennon, Keith Richards,  Mitch Mitchell and Eric Clapton. This was put together for the Rolling Stones TV special Rock and Roll Circus.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


Inspired by Voigt design by Ralph West. Build this Tricolumn speaker.