Jun 182016
Today's Fresh Catch: Red "Astron" Style Capacitors from Jupiter Condenser

I have really been having a lot of fun listening to various capacitors in my vintage McIntosh MX110Z tuner-preamplifier. At the moment the vintage Sprague Bumblebees are at the top of my list for capacitors in the C93 & C95 and C94 & C96 positions for my MX110Z for their sheer musical prowess. The half a century old Bumblebees have a ravishingly beautiful combination of sonics & musicality that no modern capacitor has been able to match in my MX110Z capacitor […]

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Jun 122016
Jesper Checking In!

It’s always a pleasure to meet a like minded music lover like Jesper, who loves music and is having fun putting cool hi-fi gear throughout his home. Jesper has a nice mix of vintage and modern gear that fits right in with me and my pals here at Jeff’s Place! Jesper told me: “At the bottom you see my 15” Gold York’s. I’ve owned these for approximately 3 years and they have changed my musical […]

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Jun 112016
The Vintage McIntosh MX110Z Adventure Meets Vintage Sprague Bumblebees!

After getting up this fine Saturday morning, while drinking a couple cups of my favorite coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters, I set about pulling off the bottom of my vintage vacuum tube McIntosh MX110Z tuner-preamplifier so I could do a little surgery on it. I had two things I wanted to do while under the bonnet, the first being removing the pair of 0.22uF Red Cactus Arizona Capacitors I had doing duty at C93 & C95 and C94 & C96, and […]

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Jun 092016
Today's Fresh Catch: Bumblebees & Tropical Fish

If you read my recent post about tone capacitors you know there are three vintage capacitors that are very highly regarded for their tone, the Sprague Black Beauty, the Sprague Bumblebee, and the Mullard Tropical Fish, and they represent a sort of ‘holy trinity’ of tone for electric guitarists, as well as being at least partly responsible for the rich, musical tone, of some of my favorite vintage vacuum tube audio gear. Sprague Black Beauty capacitors: Among guitarists, vintage Sprague Black Beauty capacitors are known […]

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Jun 072016
Markus Klug's 'Klughoerner' hand-crafted wood replicas of historic Altec multi-cell horns! (updated with more photos)

I’m not often gobsmacked by audio gear anymore, but when I laid my eyes on Markus Klug’s Klughoerner hand-crafted wood replicas of historic multi-cell horns I almost swooned and fell out of my chair! Markus’ Klughoerner multi-cell wood horns are stunning! To the right in the photo above, you can see Markus’ hand-crafted Klughoerner wood replica of the historic Altec 1505B multi-cell horn, sitting next to an original vintage Altec 1505B multi-cell horn (left). Ok, in […]

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Jun 042016
The Altec A5 Voice of the Theatre project progresses ... and other stuff! (now with more updates)

I had a nice day of music listening yesterday afternoon with Leo, Pete, and Ron, as we did some listening comparisons with the Altec A5 Voice of the Theatre loudspeakers and their Hiraga-san inspired crossovers. The Jean Hiraga designed crossovers are about as perfect a match to the Altec A5 Voice of the Theatre loudspeakers as one could hope for, and as a result I’m much further along getting them sorted out than I had anticipated for this short amount […]

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Jun 022016
Breaking news!  Duelund Coherent Audio DCA16GA! I'm really excited about this! Update!

A lot of you (and me) have been lamenting that the superb Western Electric WE16GA wire has become essentially extinct, and I am down to the last little bit of WE16GA I have left, which is what I am using to wire my new crossovers for my Altec A5 Voice of the Theatre loudspeakers project. Knowing that I am almost out of WE16GA has made me feel a bit panicky! What makes Western Electric WE16GA […]

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May 292016
Bill Van Winkle, Our Friend and Fellow Audio Traveler, Passes

It is with sadness that I report that our friend and fellow audio traveler, Bill Van Winkle, has passed after an extended battle with cancer. Pete Riggle sent me a message saying: Finally Bill has reached escape velocity, not just from earth, but from the Milky Way. I walked out last night and looked up into a clear night sky. I wondered which of those stars was Bill. Personally, I’m happy for Bill. He had a pretty […]

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May 292016
A Couple of Breadboards for the Altec A5 VOTT Project!

As I have gotten older I’ve found myself becoming more interested in history in general, and our audio history in particular. Over the last ten or fifteen years I’ve become increasingly fascinated with the vintage Altec Lansing Voice of the Theatre loudspeakers that started their storied journey into theaters back in 1945, as World War II was winding to a close. I was most interested in the A5 Voice of the Theatre model that was first released in 1945, and which continued to […]

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May 262016
Vintage tone, and other stuff.

I’ve been thinking a lot about tone lately, and in particular, vintage tone. If you look up ‘tone’ in the dictionary you’ll see half a dozen definitions for it, but what I’m referring to when I say ‘tone’ is more in line with what musician’s mean when they say ‘tone’, and what I think music lovers & audio hobbyists mostly mean when they say ‘tone’, which is to say, a certain sound quality or character to the sound that enhances […]

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