Showing posts with label PWK. Show all posts
Showing posts with label PWK. Show all posts

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Klipschorn Jubilee by Roy Delgado and PWK

 The weekend in Hope was a blast. PWK and Roy Delgado's Jubilee two way loudspeaker is truly state of the art. It is simply the best loudspeaker I have ever heard. Roy has it so dialed in it is just amazing. If you can make the pilgrimage in Hope next year please do.  That experience is so fresh in my mind I thought I'd do a Jubilee post.


Roy and PWK started this project in the 90's while PWK was in his 90's. Back then the Jubilee had a K403 which I happen to own as the HF horn. Sadly with Paul's passing the project did not move forward. 

 

Roy made a great move and had the Jubilee bass bin placed in the pro cinema line. This was a great move as it was in production in some form. Roy saw lot of rapid Klipsch fans on the forums(including me) wanting to know why it wasn't released. Roy Delgado hoping to deter fans pointed them at the cinema line thinking it was way too ugly to put in a home but in a surprising move many fans bought them and put thesed giant cinema speakers in their homes. It is like Henry Ford said you can have it in any color as long as it is black. Personally I love the Klipsch pro line and there are some real gems there. The pro horns and horn loaded subs are top notch.

  
 

The hardcore Klipsch fans with these cinema speakers worked very hard to make them fit into their homes. This reminds me of the Klipsch designer speakers where it was up to the decorator or owner to make them look nice. Here are the many early Jubilee's.. This is only available via cinema line so you need a cinema dealer to sell you the setup. 

Here are a few examples of what people of done with their Jubilee's. They start as just black and eventually Klipsch was nice enough to offer a veneered front. So some veneer is factory but most was done by the owner. Check it out. 





















Thursday, September 13, 2018

PWK TIN SHED

This is where Klipsch began in the 40's. I believe Jim Hunter currator of the Klipsch museum has a few of the artifacts from the old tin shed.
Please consider a donation to the Klipsch museum. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Klipsch Audio History Museum Announces New Website

The Klipsch museum of course is centered around the life of Paul W Klipsch and his inventions but the archives are huge and diverse. This is an amazing glimpse into the glory days of Hi-Fi. PWK coresponded with all the giants in the industry including Western Electric, Jensen, RCA, Fisher, McIntosh and many others. There are literally crates of documents awaiting discovery and your contributions help preserve and uncover these gems. 

Please consider supporting the museum by becoming a member or by donating.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

1947 The Klipsch Sound Reproducer Article By Paul W Klipsch

A little heavy on the Klipsch posts lately but thats ok as they are practicatlly the last man standing of companies from the dawn of Hi-Fi. That is still made in the US.  

This article is special as it is 1947 and the article is by PWK himself. Read the article it is brilliant and no Bullshit! The article appears to be before the name Klipschorn is used.







Tuesday, March 27, 2018

PWK MAIN AMPLIFIER - Klipsch Museum Of Audio History

Here is a recent find from the Klipsch Museum Of Audio History. I eroniously posted this as a PWK Brook mod but upon further inspection this is a different amplifier. It is not odd that PWK designed and built an amplifer as he was building everything he used including turntable, cartridge, and tonearm. The early days of Klipsch were very lean financially so this makes sense. This could have been 1940's or 1950's

This appears to be a printing tin but not sure were it appeared in print.
 
Here is a drawing with a few extra notations.
 Jim Hunter and Kerry Geist recently desicovered an example of the amplifier burried in the Klipsch Museum Of Audio History basement. Since there is one perhaps it is from the days of mono.




Tuesday, October 10, 2017

PWK Concertone Reel To Reel Ad 1955

You don't see many PWK endorsements but here he is with his portable Concertone R2R. I've seen PWK's travel log and he was tearing up the sky with his portable rig visiting dealers across the US.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

KLIPSCH 71st Anniversary And Pilgrimage In HOPE, AR

This years pilgrimage was extra special. It started a day early in the Klipsch factory with the founding of the Klipsch Heritage Museum Association or KHMA and the donation of the old factory with all artifacts included from Voxx and Klipsch to KHMA. This was very generous and special as John Shalam founder of Voxx and Paul Jacobs current Klipsch CEO attended and gave speeches. I can honestly say Klipsch is in good hands with these men at the helm.  Klipsch is one of the few speaker companies with production facilities still up and running in America. It is a little more expensive to do this but they feel it is the right thing to do. Hi-Fi made in America.
 Curator and President of KHMA Jim Hunter and Travis hanging the updated sign for the Klipsch Museum.
A few items in the museum.
Voigt horn with original waterproof driver.
 Extremely rare RCA corner horn which takes a 15" field coil driver.
 The legendary plexiglass klipschorn is back in Hope, AR....

The pilgrimage started Friday and ended Saturday at Rodney Newtons 600+ acre farm. He has been kind enough to host the pilgrimage. In my opinion guys like Rodney are what makes me proud of Arkansas unlike our legislature but I won't go into that.
I had never heard Paul Jacobs speak before so that was a treat as he shared several stories and his passion for Klipsch was that of the ultimate Klipsch fanatic. He also answered unfiltered questions from all the die hard Klipsch fans. These were not slow pitch questions and fun to watch.

 It is no coincidence that he was flanked by Jubilee's and the new horn loaded sub prototype.

I got to hang out with my favorite beer maker Barrett Tillman and horn designer from Klipsch engineer Roy Delgado.
Roy and Barrett talking horns. 
 Here we have who PWK called "#1 Klipsch Fan" Kevin Harmon who is the only man I know who needs a skid loader to move his KP-600 speaker stacks. He brought four of these to the pilgrimage. Kevin Harmon is also a trustee of KHMA.


Rain had us move two KP-600 stacks inside but Rodney's barn can easily accommodate.


 I'd like to mention Rodney and his ingenuity. Rodney has turned 600 acres into the most beautiful grazing and wetlands around. He was told many years ago that his goals were unattainable and would never work. Rodney went on to prove them all wrong and has created a series of small lakes and big ponds that flow into each other. Amazing and beautiful land. Thanks again Rodney.