♫ Altec “Stokowski” VOTTs


I’m just barely getting started with this wonderful system, with the Maestro’s – Leopold Stokowski’s – custom Altec Voice of the Theatre loudspeakers, that I bought back in November 2015.

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Custom Altec ‘Voice of the Theatre’ loudspeakers that were made for Leopold Stokowski when he lived in New York City.

You can read the story about the Maestro’s custom Altec VOTTs here.

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The Maestro’s VOTTs were dressed in evening wear for domestic use.

With the exception of their furniture-grade cabinets and burgundy grills, the Maestro’s VOTTs are similar to Altec A7 VOTTs, with their interior components being 803B 16-Ohm bass drivers housed in 825 style bass horn cabinets, Altec 804A 16-Ohm compression drivers on Altec 511B horns, and and Altec N-500-D crossovers.

LS VOTT back view

Altec 804A 16-Ohm compression drivers & 511B horns up top, and the Altec 803B 16-Ohm drivers down low.

However, production of Altec A7 Voice of the Theatre loudspeakers did not commence until 1966, so the speakers that were built for Mr. Stokowski preceded the release of the Altec A7’s by at least a couple of years, and were probably made during the period when their drivers were produced, 1961 to 1964, which would put them at 57 to 54 years old.

LS VOTT back view with crossover

Altec N-500-D crossover network.

As you can see in the photo below, Yazaki-san’s superb SPEC RSA-M3 EX Real Sound Amplifier is providing the amplification (Positive Feedback Issue 78).

For a temporary source I’m using my old MacBook, and streaming music to an Mhdt Paridisea+ vacuum tube USB DAC.

The Maestro’s VOTTs are using Western Electric WE16GA tinned-copper wire for speaker cables, a Sablon Audio Petite Corona AC power cord for the Mhdt USB DAC, and Belden 8402 microphone cable for interconnects.

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This combination of equipment is remarkably musical with the Maestro’s VOTTs.

LS VOTTs with guitar

The Maestro’s VOTTs have the rich vintage tone of 16 Ohm Alnico magnets, beautifully realistic timbral textures, vivid tone color, startling dynamics, and a superbly musical presentation that gives me emotional ‘goosebumps’ all over.

Stay tuned for developments with the emerging Duelund-Altec crossover project where we’ll be building Duelund crossovers, exclusively from tinned-copper components and Duelund DCA tinned-copper wire – it should be amazing!

Thanks for stopping by!

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