Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Retro Record Stores

Hmm hey where is your Jazz and Blues section. No! I don't want the latest Guy Lombardo do you have any Robert Johnson.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Origins of the BullShit Button

PWK tired of the wild claims by competitors and took them to task at trade shows and snail mail. Eventually he simply put a Bullshit button inside the lapel of his jacket. When he heard bogus claims he just gave them a flash and walked off. This isn't very surprising as PWK would also discuss issues with his ministers after church if he felt they were wrong. There are some great stories about PWK at Church.

This is the straw that broke the camels back the Karlson. It was advertised flat + - 2db from 20hz to 20,000hz in 1955. Klipsch bought a Karlson and measured it at Hope. The results of course show that they earned a BullShit button and far from as advertised. I'm sure Jim Hunter at Klipsch has the correspondence between PWK and Karlson. I'd love to read those exchanges.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Hilliard Home In Wall Speaker System

I am looking for more information on the Hilliard home hifi system. If anyone has better pics or information please let me know.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Klipsch Ho Hum Ad

Only Klipsch would do an ad like this and not only poke fun at competitors but his own company. PWK was a different kind of a guy a southern genius eccentric and I wish there were more like him.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Altec Lansing Corporation

If I had a time machine.

Double click for high resolution image.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Jack Mullin Audio Pioneer

Producer and tape pioneer Jack Mullin in his studio. Ah look at those Ampex 200s. He is giving them the same look I am giving the RCA speaker behind him.

Here is Jack Mullin giving a demonstration of the then new Ampex reel to reel recorder. This would have been a fun demonstration to attend. It is impossible to ignore the WE speaker.

Notice the speaker he is using. Possibly the first coax. It is an 18 inch Western Electric woofer with a WE555 bored through the middle with an attached multicell. This 18 inch woofer with 555 together have been posted on this blog before. Just amazing.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Workbench 1967 Entertainment Center

This a really cool article and concept. I've been thinking of building a Mid Century Modern console or EC based on some modern components. I like the idea having some of the components based in a coffee table. Very interesting. Checkout this article from 1967 Workbench Magazine.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Carl Perkins

Some people are Elvis fans but I'm a Carl Perkins fan.

Yeah Perkins wrote the song.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


I may have posted a partial of this but here is the entire document. I've been researching the RCA duo-cone speakers lately and that led me to this document.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

1950 McIntosh Ad

I've actually located a pair of these early McIntosh amps locally but the seller seems to like to torment me.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Lorenz Ad October 1958

I'm not sure screaming babies in stereo is a good audio ad. This might also explain why I've never heard of them.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

Ahhh Bettie

Thursday, February 3, 2011

i like mountain music

Arkansas Fiddler 1901

Naim Advert

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Changing from Mono to Stereo Music by Charles Graham

Ok mono guys it is time to embrace the coming wave that is stereo music.