Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Nixie Heads

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Edison Bell Discs

 I like to imagine Edison was disc sound reproduction because Tesla wasn't and he could finally get ahead of him on something. Anyhow I'm sure we have all seen stacks of those very thick Edison Discs. I usually skip over them as it is hard enough getting a clean 78 nevermind a clean Edison disc. We do have Edison's and Bell's scientist to thank for the playable record. 
 Here is a rare pic of the Edison Disc in production.
An early beautiful player which appears to convert a cylinder player into a disc player. Very cool.  

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Moondog - Transmusicales de Rennes

Live footage of  Moondog is so rare so I am very pleased to see this on youtube. It is later in his life when he was living in Europe.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Frazier Amplifier Model F-106C

Ok Frazier fans here is an interesting critter for your collection. I was unaware they did amplifiers unti I saw one on ebay. Nice industrial look to it.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Beach Hi-Fi

Perfect for surf music or the Astro Nettes..

Monday, September 21, 2015

Another Horn Roadtrip To Georgia

A couple of months ago I get this email about thinning out some speaker projects from my friend JC in Georgia. He built my Jubilee bass horn clones and SnailTrac bass horns. In the list were his Tractrix horns I've been drooling over for years. This will be the basis for my first 4 way system. He also let me take home some good sized mf tractrix horns. Sunday Stacey and I loaded up and headed for Georgia a 7 1/2 hour turn around road trip so 15 hours on the road but totally worth it.
This is becoming a familiar site as the sun comes up on the way to Memphis. I've been through Memphis more recently than I have in  years.
In Mississippi there was a cotton field right behind the gas station. Ledbelly was immediately going through my head. 
JC is removing the drivers for the trip home. This speakers are so black they are hard to take pictures of and they just soak in the light. 

 I had to totally wash out the pic just so you could see the curves of these massive horns. 70hz to 600hz. They use two  12" Eminence drivers which are about 99db each not sure what they are horn loaded. I guess I'll find out.
Light suckers!
Timothy Leary in the background thinks it is funny. Hmm I wonder what that large sheet he is printed on????? 
For a sense of scale the fc of the horns on top are 233hz. The drivers below are 12" cast frames. 
 Thanks JC for all the horns.... AGAIN... And Stacey for making the Ga trip with me in one day.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

Hey Jim this one is for you.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

What Goes On Inside A Vaccum Tube - Radio 1934

Here is another article from Radio magazine 1934. I am determined to understand how these things work well enough so I can at least do some simple designs. So far simple it has not been lol... Takes a while for things to sink through my brain. That is how I happened upon this article.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Mercury Vapor Rectifier Tubes - RADIO 1934

A 1934 article on some early MV tubes.

It doesn't get anymore "I'm a mad scientist than this tube".
I need a power supply with these tubes. No logical reason really. It just doesn't get much more robot like than this... WOW. This guy must be really rare can't find any pics or datasheets on him.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Toots And The Maytals

 Toots Hibbert was the one to coin the term reggae. The greatest voice and soul in reggae.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Knight Kit 12 Watt Amplifier

Cute little Knight Kit amplifier from Allied Circuit Handbook. I'm going to check my Allied Catalogs for more information on this little guy.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Gramovox Vertical Record Player Kickstarter

Gramovox launched a kickstarter with hopes of raising $50K but they were so successful they raised $1.5 million. Amazing kickstarter skills!!! The price is just $499. 
 I won't pick it apart here as they were keeping the price down.
 I think Gramovox deserves to be studied for their ability to drive kickstarter funding. Can't say this is a product I would want but I am curious about how they did it.


Sunday, September 6, 2015

The Big Violent Femmes Post

 Violent Femmes might have been one of the first punk bands I really fell for but were they punk? Always thought they were better musically than most of the punk bands around. I have good feelings about this band. When I was about 14yo the overdeveloped beautiful 15yo girl on the bus for some strange reason picked me to hang out with and would sit next to me on the bus. If someone else tried to sit next to her she would make them move. We would listen to one headphone each from her Walkman and she would play Violent Femmes or Dead Milkmen cassettes she stole from her brother. I still remember her favorite song was Add It Up. Bus driver wasn't amused when she heard us singing it lol.. For me back then home and school life was hell so needless to say I lived for the bus rides home and back. Not sure what happened to her. Anyway I finally got to see Violent Femmes live in the late 90's and my future wife and I were at the same show together with friends. That was our first concert together. It took me many years to wear her down. LOL... The show was incredible. They are still incredible. 

Here is a big collection of Violent Femmes.

American Music

Gone Daddy Gone

Blister In The Sun

Add It Up Live

This song was released 2015
Love Love Love Love Love

A few interesting covers......

Children Of The Revolution

Do You Really Want To Hurt Me 
cracks me up.....

Friday, September 4, 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

De Mars Styrocone #101

This is an extremely rare speaker by De Mars. It was posted at the asylum by MrBlueSky. I'd only read about this speaker before seeing his post. This is all the information I've seen on the De Mars Styrocone speaker which is rumored to get down to 17hz.
Very interesting driver with what looks like Bozak style tweeters.

 The serial number is 101 which is likely the first production unit.

If anyone has additional information either contact me or post it on the DeMars thread at the Asylum.
Thank you Asylum member MrBlueSky.