Friday, October 31, 2014


By the time you are reading this I will be sitting at a Conch Bar in the Bahamas 8-)

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Take Care Of Your Records

Sound advice from Columbia Records

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Smallest Cheapest Loud Speaker Receiver Makes Its Bow - Loftin and White

Loftin and White Article from January 1930.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Garrard 301 Plinth Building Part 2

The 301 is coming along great. Kenny did a superb job cutting the boards and helping with design. I spent Friday and Saturday gluing it together. Today I spent alot of time sanding. Lots of sanding. Could have used a belt sander.
 I used transformers for extra weight the heavy one is 700v 300ma. That is for a project down the road.. What stereo amp should I build with that? Enough for a Brook 12 clone?
 It did it in sections of three. Then did the 3 larger sections last.
One of my smart ass friends "huffer" left this on a scrap of wood I didn't find until I went looking for scraps. 
 I'm done sanding. Looks great. 
I'm thinking about Walnut veneer.
The 13ply is great!!
Could I wait for veneer..... Just had to give it a spin. Going to make some minor changes like adding a solid walnut tonearm mount.

Yes it is a little fast. I lost my magnets that I added to eddy break to get speed spot on.... Dang it.

Thanks again Kenny couldn't have gotten this far without your help.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Garrard 301 Plinth Building Part 1

I've had this Garrard for a few years and it still works very well. I built this plinth in 45 minutes and it was supposed to be temporary but no I used it for many years.
This is the before pic.
 I met local Klipsch forum member Kenny this year. His woodworking skills are top notch. I was lamenting my lack of a proper plinth for this great table while we were listening to the Jubilees. A few emails later and he has offered to help me with the plinth. It is great to have generous forum members in town.
 He recommended some 13plly plywood so I picked up a sheet at a local supplier. 
This is a sheet of 13 ply ripped down to 21 x 18 inch pieces. Ten total with one used as a template. If we use 9 layers of 13 ply that is 117 ply layers... Dang...
 This was the most time consuming aspect of the plinth build but the rounded corners look spectacular.
 Here is where we stopped on Saturday. That is alot of progress in 4 hours.
 About two hours or so on Tuesday night and we have everything cut and tonearm placement is spot on.
 This has far exceeded my expectations.
Now I have homework.
Repeat as necessary.
Pick veneer.

Thank you Kenny for your time and help building this Garrard 301 plinth.
Top notch.

Part 2 to follow.

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Trends in Loud Speakers - October 1948

A very early Klipschorn design mentioned in Radio Electronics 1948. Also Altec and a few other interesting designs.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thorens E53 And Fairchild Tonearm

This a great looking combination. I would be happy spinning this today. A Thorens E53 and Fairchild tonarm and cart. Just a beautiful design.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Horn Sacrilege

It just breaks the heart to see such things. 
They could have at least have planted some nice herbs.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Rare 1960's Klipschorn Ad

Klipschorn Wide Stage Stereo

Monday, October 6, 2014

Tone Quality - General Amplifier Company - 1929

They do not get points for creative company names but I like the industrial look of their gear. They are building around the 250  and 245. I with they had a picture of the GA40 with four 250's and four 280's. Certainly overkill back in the day.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Willie Doing Island Music Mon

Fall is coming on pretty quick here in the south. It is getting cooler but I'm getting ready for on overdue trip to a small Island in the Bahamas. These tracks will definitely be on my vacation playlists.

Willie and Toots I'm A Worried Man

Jimmy Cliff's The Harder They Come by Willie

Friday, October 3, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014

1930's Jensen Model Q Tweeter

Here is a very early field coil tweeter. It was used in the mid 30's. I've found references that this has been found with Western Electric Lansing and Jensen speakers of the time.