Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2 Way Tractrix Horn System

I had a brilliant idea to redo the floors in the part of the house that has my system setup. That meant taking the system apart to do that. That was the hard part and took much longer than expected. I'm going to start working on veneering my Jubilee system so I will listen to this setup for a while. 
 The HF horn is a prototype designed by Paul Klipsch and Roy Delgado. This was the last HF horn PWK had a hand in designing. It is a modified tractrix horn and it requires no EQ from 600hz on up. The LF Tractrix horn was designed and built by my friend JC. They work from about 65hz to 600hz and also does not require EQ. They are loaded with two 12" drivers each. Since neither requires eq I use a custom line level crossover so there is nothing between the output transformers and drivers.
Here is a quick clip. 
Name that tune?

I got to listen to this system over the holidays as it is and the sound is really good. I was listening to some Cal Tjader and I was rather surprised at what I was hearing. This system is simple and fun.

Monday, December 28, 2015


First of all I am not metal. The list of metal bands I dig is short but among them is Motorhead. 


One of the best covers ever! 


A thousand dollars in 1961 was some serious cash.... 
Which system would you prefer?

Friday, December 25, 2015

Ear Infestations

I mean ear worms. Here are some tunes that have taken root in my brain for better or worse.

Sun Ra - India
Moondogs Birds Lament
This song was written after Charlie Parkers passing as they had become friends and planned a collaboration which never happened.

Lijadu Sisters - Life Is Gone Down Low

Calypso Blues
I'm obsessed with this song but these version may be the best.

Motorhead - Louie Louie
My obsession with this version of the song makes my friends crazed.... 
It fucking rocks the fuck.

Lee Scratch Perry 
One of the best producers to have walked this planet.

William Onyebor - Fantaastic Man

The Rockers - On The Road Again

Desmond Dekker - Hippopotamus

Desmond Dekker - Isralites

The Bar-Kays - Soul Finger
Try not to move... I bet you can not.

P-Model - Sophisticated

Nina Simone - Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

Hoagy Carmichael
Hong Kong Blues

Hoagy Carmichael 
Monkey Song

Fela Kuti  - Coffin For A Head Of State

Jolly Boy's - Rehab
Good god these guys were Errol Flyns house band!!!!

 Anja Garbarek

These may require a higher threshold. 

Die Antwoord

Ethyl Meatplow - Queenie
Renaldo And The Loaf - Critical Dance #2

Worlds End Girlfriend covering Stump Eager Bereaver.
I use this track for evaluating speakers especially the bit at the end. It is my own white noise.

Retro Hi-Fi Gril Friday

Happy Holidays

I posted my favorite Xmas song back in 2007. I couldn't be happier with the responses.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


This ad is great and as a member of the coalition against small speakers I approve.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Persian Nutwood Klipschorns KBPNL

These are the only pair of Persian Nutwood Klipschorns I have seen in the wild. They look incredible and sound even better in person. There are lots of Klipschorns out there but not many this unique.
That grain pattern is psychedelic. 
The classic cane grills compliment perfectly.
These beauties are on eBay right now. 
The seller is top notch and has 100% feedback.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Thursday, December 17, 2015

File Under Things That Should Have Happened

Could you imagine if George Harrison and Bob Marley had recorded an album together. Perhaps in an alternate reality.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Voigt 4ft Tractrix Horn

People talk of Western Electric being rare but no these 4ft Voigt Tractrix horns are extremely rare. Likely only a handful of the big fellas exist. I only see ads of people looking for them and a few pictures of them on the internet. These look incredible.  

I would like to try this approach some day. This reminds me of what Dave Slagle of Intact Audio does with Lowther drivers and big round Le Cleach horns.

Sunday, December 13, 2015


Teenage Kicks

True Confessions

Friday, December 11, 2015

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

Name that tune.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Raytheon Long Life Radio Tubes 227

Ah beautiful mesh plate 227. I'm  sucker for mesh whether it sounds better or not. They just look cool. Not like this hobby is totally guided by logic lol....
Nice display for Raytheon tubes featuring 4 pillars and mesh....

Monday, December 7, 2015

Rogers A/C 46S Radio Tube

I was excited when I got this tube off of ebay for NOS super cheap. I should have known there was a catch.
 I did not pay attention to the "SPRAY-SHIELD"

 I suppose this may have been helpful for radios but I hate it. I like seeing the internals and filaments aglow. 
 I contemplated removing the spray but I have no idea what it was made of and likely more trouble than it is worth.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Bridgitte Bardot - Contact! 1968

From the Byron Dept Of Internet Research.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Thursday, December 3, 2015

How To Make A Stereo Phono Pickup - 1958

Great article from Audio 1958 on How to Make a Stereo Phono Pickup. Just in case you are board or need something more challenging.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Plural of Vinyl Is Vinyl

I have been hearing this more and more lately. It didn't drive me crazy until I figured out how widespread it really was. 
Just to clarify.


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Wall Of Voodoo

Would love to have seen these guys in a small club back in the 80's.


Friday, November 27, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Fairchild Is A Way Of Sound

I would love to hear an all Fairchild vinyl rig some day.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Stephens Trusonic Corner Speaker

 Check out this really nice survivor Stephens corner speaker. It differs from the speaker in the ad by using 12 inch drivers than 15 but other than that they look similar. The add is model 626 and this one is model 622M. I received these pics from Steve I hope he doesn't mind if I post them. This is a rare and likely good sounding speaker. I would do a nice mono system perhaps a mono heathkit or bogen integrated amp and start collecting mono jazz records. Would be fun.

This is interesting I've seen this recessed box for the tweeter before in my big stephens box which I thought was a DIY effort but now I firmly believe it is factory. Very cool. Thanks Steve.
 Classic Stephens crossover. I love they way they built these. My friend the tube hoarder had quite a few of them.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

The Bettie Page.