All prefect until…

Here we have one 555 diaphragm that has now been replaced from 13Audio inventory. The western electric 555 is now back to factory specifications and the owner can enjoy. This driver was purchased by the owner online at eBay. All the readings were correct and the voice coil was 12,7ohms, just about where it should…

Red dots ?

The mysterious western electric red dot diaphragms….blogs, websites, forums discuss this matter. Some claim it’s superior sound when paired with the ringing sheet steel western electric 16a horn. That red dots are more suitable for bass than the “non red dot” versions. Some are keen to pay top dollar to have “red dot diaphragms “…

All fun…

This is what it all ends up like. Its a long road to build such a system then tune and fully enjoy with friends at casa “D” Day was long and night even longer, all fun…? You bet! The young DJ “F” joined the party to spin psy trance until eyelids dropped, but that wasn’t…

Solid wood rules…

Whilst finishing a pair of solid wood 16a horns I couldn’t resist taking a photo to share. Here 16a solid wood sections catching the soft light in my workroom. All hand made in solid wood shaped by hand, no CNC tools, no Plywood or sheet steel….not for me! Keep it real. I’ve been handcrafting replica…

True Blue : Original Drawings

Did Western Electric have blueprints and precise building instructions for the numerous horns they designed, tested, modified, and finally ticked off for production and installation ? Well, I’ve heard individuals claim they just didn’t. Really? Just a glance at the wonderful book written by my good friends Bjørn Kolbrek and Thomas Dunker should be enough…

Having fun in the Alps!

Nice setup here with stereo western electric 13a and 12a hand crafted by 13Audio. 13Audio crossovers get the horns playing in a cohesive manner. It will take sometime to get it all balanced. So for now? All fun…  

Solid Wood Western Electric 16a

Why didn’t they make the 16a horn in solid wood 90 years ago? The Western Electric 16a horn was manufactured in steel yet the patent mentions wood, steel, or any other appropriate materials. However, steel was the only material known to have been used. From a mass production perspective, this makes sense; thousands of 16a…