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

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.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

PWK's Tektronix Scope

I spotted this Teltronix Scope at the Klipsch Auio History Museum. It has a Polaroid back attachment.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Klipsch Pilgrimage In Hope AR April 26-29th 2017

This years Klipsch Pilgrimage to Hope Arkansas is a really special one. The events will kick off with a ribbon cutting of the Klipsch Museum Of Audio History and the founding of the Klipsch Heritage Museum Association. The Klipsch museum building and contents have been donated very generously by Klipsch to the Klipsch Heritage Museum Association. KHMA will be a non profit with goals of preserving the legacy of PWK and his archives. PWK corresponded with all of the greats in the audio industry and kept every correspondence. This museum is more than just about preserving the Klipsch legacy but scores of untold stories from the glory days of the entire Hi-Fi industry. Klipsch Historian Jim Hunter makes new discoveries all the time. 
 For more information about the Klipsch pilgrimage please check the following links to the Klipsch forums. There will be museum, factory, laboratory tours and a chance to listen to exciting new speakers in the Klipsch factory listening room.
 If you care about preserving audio history and the goals of Klipsch Heritage Museum Association there will be an opportunity to donate at the pilgrimage and become a member of the Klipsch Heritage Museum Association.
 Once the Klipsch Heritage Museum Association website is live there will be many ways to contribute online and become a member of the museum. I will be posting and soliciting donations once this is possible.












If you are a Klipsch fan or a fan of audio history please consider attending this years pilgrimage.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Calling All Skunks - PWK



The Bulshit button wasn't the only method PWK used to call out publications on Bullshit.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Klipsch Museum Of Audio History Once In A Lifetime Sale

As the Klipsch Museum Of Audio History transitions to a non profit entity they are selling some items to make room and to raise funds to put the organization on sound footing. This means that this year you will be able to bid on items from the collection of PWK and some owned and tested by PWK. There are items in this collection up for sale that have never seen eBay and some seen once every few years. I will post here as the items come up for sale on eBay.

Here are a few samples of what will be available.







Monday, February 8, 2016

Audio History Museum - Hope Arkansas - PWK Protoype

Chris Hornbeck and I were in Hope, Ar on Friday to see if there was anything new in the Klipsch Audio History Museum. The new item did not disappoint. It is a prototype of the shorthorn era. A mini Khorn? Not sure. There aren't too many prototypes I am aware of so this is an extremely rare item. It is loaded with four ten inch drivers and is a split cabinet. I can tell the era because it was made of 1/4" plywood like the rebel was made.
Here is Jim pointing out the placement of the drivers.
 


A look inside.


 Here you can see the sound path.

Jim Hinter has posted many priceless stories on the Klipsch website. 
Scroll down to More about Paul Wilbur Klipsch to read some of these stories and bits of history.

Jim Hunter's work on the archive is of the utmost importance for those interested in audio history.  There are letters to and from all the greats from the heady days of HiFi.  PWK may have been one of the most networked men in the industry. He kept every letter. Not sure PWK had a trash can lol...





I can't  visit Hope, Ar without fondling my favorite speaker. Now since I have heard one in upstate New York I like the 16a even more. Thanks for the pic Chris.  

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

PWK 3 X 5 MultiCell Horn 1944

I really like multicells especially the big ones. This one was designed while PWK was looking for a solution for his HF. This horn did not make it to production. 
 
I was recently at a friends listening to some large 10 cell Vitavox multicell horns that literally reached from corner to corner on top of a pair of khorns. The coverage was superb. I can't wait to hear this combo again. Don't discount the multicells horns to fast because they are old technology give them a chance.
Jim Hunter Klipsch engineer and historian posted this document in his post about the first 12 Klipschorns.