Friday, December 29, 2017

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Ho!

Here is a holiday playlist if your into that sort of thing 8-)

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Madness - Take It Or Leave It - Movie

I might have posted this before but I don't care. More two tone this time from Madness 1981. The music is strong in this one being from their first two albums. 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Dance Craze 1981

If your into two tone than this is for you. Great stuff I wish I could have seen it in the 80's as it would have rocked my world. I was a huge ska junkie. 

Friday, December 22, 2017

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Vitavox Multicell Horns Ad

A friend has a pair of the large Vitavox multicells on his Klipschorns. They sound great. Look great as well.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

ANOTHER new TRIX surprise!

1930's British amplifier advert from Trix. Love the industrial amplifier.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Cindy Wilson - Brother

Cindy Wilson of The B-52's has a new band togethr and is currently on tour. I missed the show last night and I'm bummed. If you see she is coming to your town down't miss it. 

Here is the video for Brother.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Quad QA12/P Amplifier

This is pretty close to Quads first amplifier. I got to put my hands on one of these once very cool early British amplifiers.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

1930 Loudspeakers and Pick-ups

Saw these in Wireless World and couldn't stop looking at the big square horn. It reminds of that big sqaure Voigt horn but this oneis exponential. Tonearm looks like a record shredder. Good stuff.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Loftin White DC Amplifier UK Advert

One of the earliest Loftin White Ads I've found. This one is from 1930.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Bob Marley Messages For The People

The forces of greed, hate and evil are running amok and unchecked. If your not outraged maybe you are one of the assholes. Whether your a fan of Marley or not his message is clear and good. Here is a cover and a few originals.

Guardians Of The New Fire
Words Of Wonder - Get Up Stand Up

Bob Marley WAR Live

Bob Marley Sun Is Shining Lee Scratch Perry masters

Friday, December 8, 2017

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

Since I was late here is a good one the mythical Frazier Californian with a Hi-Fi Girl. Has anyone ever seen a real one? 
Sorry for the late post had abit of surgery the other day and forgot.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Mark II - A $3 Speaker Baffle - 1956

 This is likely far better than most of the dreck out there.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Hi-Fi Toon

Friday, December 1, 2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

New Three Way Horn System In The Works

I've been collecting parts for this for many years. This may be the slowest project I've ever done. My friend JC designed the basshorn, provided the math for the builder of the tractrix mid and tweeter. I need to build top hats for these and my least favorite part the passive crossover. Fortunately my friend Chris is helping me with this or I'd have to go active. 

Here we have the bass horn. It is large and can accomodate 12" 15" or 18" drivers. For this application we are using 12" drivers. These will play up to around 350hz.
I am a toddler when it comes to putting systems together but the main point in DIY is to learn so if it doesn't work try and try again.
I need more stuffing. 

 Fortunately these drivers can pick up around 350hz. These are JB 2482 drivers and are so very heavy.
 They will be mounted to these pure tractrix horns. They do look better in person not sure what the flash did here.

 Most of these horns are on loan to me but will be fun to try out for a while. Round tractrix with B&C DE250. They start breaking up past where I can hear lol....
This will be going together soon and then tweaked until it sounds right. That will likely take a while. This will be my second system on the other end of the house lol. Now to find technology to stream audio in sync to both systems... Anyone have any suggestions?

Check out the DIY tractrix horns at Fastlane Audio.

Monday, November 27, 2017

A New Corner Speaker - 1949

 A new corner speaker... Well new in 1949.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Make Your Own Tonearm - 1958

Nice little article about DIY tonearms. I'd have to wrap up many projecets and future projects before I attempted such a feat.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Fi Humor

Friday, November 17, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Viking Reel To Reel Advert

Only in MCM ads to guys look so cool.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Cool article from 1957 about servicing your own gear. Relevent even today.

Monday, November 13, 2017

AT&T MW Horns

These were the last of giant MW lenses or horns or whatever they are removed from the AT&T building in downtown Little Rock. These were definately microwave use but they are horn shaped. What flare did they use?
I'd like to use them as acoustic art piece but will likely end up as scrap. Sad...
Abit of local history.
AT&T history that has been watching over Little Rock for 50+ years has come down. In 1951 AT&T started an ambitious project to connect the country with 107 radio-microwave towers at a cost 40 million dollars, 375 million in today’s terms. The project was completed and connected the country with telephone and television transmission. With the advances of fiber optic technology, we abandoned microwave transmission. From what I can surmise this was the last array of microwave towers in Little Rock. These were located on the top of the AT&T Tower in Downtown Little Rock at the corner of 8th and Louisiana.