Fake capacitors ?

Well capacitors play a role in our sound playback systems, they will in series or parallel in signal or power. Many many opinions on the pros and cons, high end capacitors worth more than the last gift you offered your wife, vintage ones from our favoured western electric paddock seeking high prices….this is all fine and fitting out hobby…..

Bumped into this! People out there making counterfeit capacitors that as originals are cheap…..?

We will one day enter an era where the notion of “true fake” will be a reality of the market!



Do Not Sell at Any Price’ and ‘Dust & Grooves

We know here that the good old black records have always been keepers. Some of us watched the decline of the LP that was pushed aside by the shinny cd disks that invaded the planet. We have see the revival of the old dusty grooves that bring more than just the music but the sheer tactile sensation, the physical presence unlike the virtual counterparts of this age. Last night during a business diner of 7 we came to talk about music and records, ages from 30 to 54 years. We could all remember the 1st vinyl record we purchased, none of us could recall the 1st or last CD and as for iTunes etc….we did not even discuss….so here we have stories about the 78’s…not hifi just pleasure and that is what it’s all about…


All fun….


Western electric 46 playing to we13a.

Certain that this never happened in the history of sound as the we13a was never shipped to Europe given its short life span. Now if anybody knows better please tell us….!

But reckon that there is something special to have a we46 to drive a big western electric horn. The salvaged ones need work and striping back to original….then need some fixing on HT filtering, bypass input transformer etc….then sit and enjoy a bit of history….

Oh this is not HiFi at all, actually anybody who is seeking HiFi would probably find such a sound off their standards.

Anyway here are the guts before I put back into its enclosure and enjoy the ride. Checking voltages and capacitor leakage etc….as it stands there is very little hiss or hum at the high efficiency we13a, bass or tweeter. Far less that I have heard in other we46 installations. Okay here we are using the Chinese 205d tubes before I pop in my western electric ones….input stage are we264c tubes. Filament power supply is solid state and I know from experience from using the we49 that taking the DC from the tungar to power the filaments, albeit with and extra choke, makes a world of difference (thanks A) but later….for now lets see if it all holds in place, sings and stays cool!

All fun….



WE46 amplifier restoring with music

Was feeling that as the throats for the WE13a are being made and progress on second WE13a is on hold that it was time to pull out the dusty WE46 and restore back to original condition. But working with music is better in my world so i decided to restore in my office and enjoy the WE16a playing.

All fun…


The second western electric 13a build

Snap shot of the second horn nearing completion.
As I make these in France things may be delayed! Indeed foundry doing the casting will close for a month!….like all over France getting things down in July and August is hard work….places closed, less workforce…let’s see!

All fun…


Radio broadcasting in 1931…

So we have here an inventive individual using a turntable to play out from speakers that then are picked up by the microphone to be broadcasted. Wow…great idea! For a short while I was thinking that the image on the wall was his DNA….

All fun….