Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Tube Glow

I've missed the sight of tubes glowing in the music room. There is nothing like a good light show while you listen to tunes with a nice beer.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

i'm back into tube audio

I have been buying selling and rotating through gear basically to get my speakers where I want them. So far so good the Jubilee's and Klipschorns are doing well. Now time to bring my electronics up to par. The Klipschorns respond very well to vintage receivers and integrated amps so when my buddy Dee offered to sell his Fisher 800-C I jumped for it. In its present state it sounds wonderful but it has some things that need upgrading. The Klipschorns are basically in my tv entertainment room. No I don't want a home theater I'd rather just get two channels right.

It is in wonderful shape. It deserves a wooden cabinet and a revamp.

I've been talking to Michael Sarma a regular post on Audio Asylum and he has some interesting ideas for this receiver. He has worked on many of these and says he has a few tweaks that can really make it sing. I can't wait for him to work on it this fall.

It is so nice to have glowing tubes again. I don't like being without them. The Klipschorns are going to be much happier.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Dope From Hope Vol.16, No 1 April 1974 The ULTIMATE LSH LOUDSPEAKER

This is one of my favorite Dope From Hope articles by PWK. Taking a stab at Carver with the ultimate loudspeaker heater.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

If your into this sort of thing head over to LP Cover Lover.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Hoagy Carmichael's Hong Kong Blues

I have been obsessed with this song for years. Still haven't scored a good 78 of it yet. I'd also like to hear Tom Waits version of this song.

This version of Hong Kong Blues that isn't PC.

Hoagy and the Hi-Lo's do PC version of Hong Kong Blues.

This is possibly my favorite version but they do not allow embeding and I can't find another version. Great dancing girl special effects.

Hoagy has the best song title of all time no not Hong Kong Blues. I gotta find this one. "I'm a Cranky Old Yank in a Clanky Old Tank on the Streets of Yokohama with My Honolulu Mama Doin' Those Beat-o, Beat-o, Flat on My Seat-o, Hirohito Blues".

ElectroVoice 30W or 30 Inch Monster Woofer

I haven't seen or heard one of these yet. They look absolutely massive.

Some engineering data.

This really gives a sense of scale. I bet the pressure in that room can get insane when pushed.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Happy Birthday Nikola Tesla

Ok not exactly hi-fi but could you imagine Tesla's hi-fi if he were to build one? More to come on that note. Happy Birthday you wild genius. See you when I get my time machine.

This is the party I would like to attend. Tesla and Twain in Tesla's lab. I'd bring a couple bottles of Lagavulin Scotch for Tesla and Twain to consume. That would be like lighting the fuse and running away. Oh yeah.

Instead of new post I'll just update this one. I went to a Tesla Birthday celebration the other night. It was really cool. The band Arc Attack played. The first song was the Dr Who them which was really cool. The band plays while a guy does performance art with two Tesla coils to the music. Freaking cool as hell.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

So Marilyn f*&!ing Monroe walks up to you with a record and says play this. BTW you know your famous when f*#&ing is your middle name. What do you do? Hell yeah you play whatever she brings. I'm betting it was Perez Prado's Marilyn Monroe Mambo click here.

Tomorrow is record shopping in Austin. I can't wait.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Klipsch Rebel Cabinart Ad

The PWK caricature with the whip is very cool. This is likely from the mid fifties. In the early days of Klipsch PWK did everything from engineering to pr to sales to day to day running of the company.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Soundway Records Presents The World Ends Afro Rock and Psychedelia

Soundway Records Presents The World Ends Afro Rock and Psychedelia in 1970s Nigeria. This is an eMusic exclusive digital release. I am obsessed with African music of the 70's. This music is so vibrant alive and groov'n. I hope to find more Soundway releases in Austin this coming weekend. Soundway is one of the most important record labels currently in operation. Thank you Soundway for making this music available.

Sample the tracks on eMusic.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Garrard 301 1975 Service Bulletin

Courtesy of No.6435 Thank you so much for posting this bulletin. I wonder what they would think about the resurgence of idler drive turntables in 2010.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

Always trust a girl with a mono vinyl system in the bedroom. Now does she have a disc changer or a proper turntable?

Retro Cartoons

Thursday, July 1, 2010

MUSIQUE-CONCRETE Modern Horn Designs

This is definitely a minimal website for a very cool product. I mean there is so little information. I almost hesitate to provide a link. A three way concrete horn. The name makes me think of a Kraftwerk song and I'm not a fan of Kraftwerk either. Please don't send hate mail about my lack of love for Kraftwerk :)