Friday, April 22, 2011

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

I am sad I missed the age of go-go clubs. This go-go dj is spining a Thorens. The audience looks a little square though.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Mikiphone Pocket Phonograph

I really want to find one of these to play through some of the stacks of 78's I have.

Youtube of the Mikiphone in action.

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Hillard with a Massive Flown System

Now that is a flown system. Dam! Chief Engineers at Altec had all the fun.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Altec 400B Dia-cone 8" Speaker

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Arthur Fiedler's Klipschorn

Arthur Fiedler was director of the Boston Pops. He was a HiFi enthusiast and custom ordered a Klipschorn in the early 50's. PWK I'm sure arranged a discount to use Arthur Fiedler in an early Klipschorn ad.

Arthur Fiedler Klipschorn is currently in the Klipsch Audio History Museum. Here are a couple pics.

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

April 16th Record Store Day

Go out and buy some records at your local shop.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Syd Barrett

Not a big Floyd fan unless it was Syd Barrett Floyd.

When we parted I had written everything for the group. My leaving sort of evened things out within the group. -- Syd Barrett

Noooo put the records in the sleeves.....

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Western Electric 728B Ad

A dealer in Little Rock. Hmmm perhaps I'll find a pair some day.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Yamamura Turntable

This is interesting. A Yamamura Churchill turntable. Can't find much information about it but the tonearm reminds me of one from 47 Labs.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Living Stereo Blues

This is a cool piece featuring Robert Johnsons Phonograph blues and RCA Living Stereo footage.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Klipsch Cornwall Missing Link MIA

Klipsch is looking for any examples of these models that may be in existence. Not officially sold but they are a transition between Shorthorn and Cornwall. If you have one of these contact the good people at Klipsch.

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Klipschorn Jubilee Home Theater and Two Channel System

Rigma started five years ago on an over the top DIY Klipschorn Jubilee build finished in Rosewood veneer. Most of the gear in the following pics were built by Rigma except for the other 5 Jubilees.
Details on this system.
The front left and right Jubilee's are 'clones' we built about 5 years ago.

All of the other 5 are factory built.

Behind the left and right Jubilee's are Danley DTS-10's which we built from kits.

The crossovers you see on the sidewalls were built by us to Roy's schematic using the best components we could find.

Following is the way the speakers are used:


Front L & R and Center Jubilee's with 402/TAD 4002 are powered by WE-300B Mono Blocks built from scratch.

The other front Jubilee Bass Bins are powered by Crown K1 and are operating from 20 HZ to 55 HZ with EQ to add only the frequency's needed to obtain a flat response down to 20 HZ.

The rear Jubilee Bass Bins, also powered by Crown K1, are adding a little boost at 32 HZ only.

The preamp is a scratch built Berman 76 with a custom phono section designed by K&K Audio.

Turntable is a VPI Aries II with Ortofon Jubilee cartridge.

CD Player is Jolida feeding a K&K Audio extreme RAK DAC


Front L & R are powered by a Crown D-300A Series II with speakers set to small.

Center is powered by a Crown D-150A Series II in Mono.

The other front Jubilee Bass Bins are powered by Crown K1 and are operating from 30 HZ to 80 HZ

The Danley's are powered by Crown K1 and are operating from 10 HZ to 40 HZ

The rear Jubilee Bass Bins, also powered by Crown K1, and the 501/K69 horn is powered by a Crown D-150A series II

The preamp processor is a McIntosh MX-135

Blu-Ray player is an OPPO Special Edition

Screen is 110" Seymour Acoustically Transparent

For both Music and HT:

The sub processing and rear are handled by a USM-810. The bass is tamed by a analog Rives Parc Unit.

I've seen these massive passives in person and the pictures do not do their scale or quality justice.
The 300B amplifiers used for music are wonderful. I've had a desire to get back to triodes after I fisrt heard these. Like his other builds these utilize high quality parts throughout.

I thought I was a Jubilee fan but Rigma has me topped. This is absolutely superb. Congrats on the build as this had to take considerable time to put together.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Monday, April 4, 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Brother Thelonious

I didn't know I liked Jazz until I heard Thelonious Monk. If you don't like Monk there may be something wrong with you.

Thelonious is so cool North Coast Brewing named a beer after him and it is also bad ass.

Thank you Thelonious. I'm not sure I'd like Jazz if I hadn't heard you.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Large RCA Theater System MI9572 MI9594

I don't usually post ebay auctions but this one is really cool. I saw it on ebay a few days ago and have since had several emails about it so here it is. Haven't seen this one before. This is about the right size.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

1953 Heathkit Ad