Good horns need good drivers

13Audio only delivers horns fitted with original we555 drivers, or will verify (and service if needed) the clients original we555. All drivers in image are compliant to the western electric specifications, ready to play music with well made big horns. All fun…

Humble 113 wood plane

The Stanley 113 wood-plane was produced from 1898 to 1934. During the mid 1920’s you would have found this very wood plane in the workshops used by the craftsmen building the 12a and 13a solid wood horns. They stopped producing these planes shortly after in 1934. Using a regular flat plane correctly can be a…

Full circle

The poetry of life can often arrive when you come full circle. It’s when you end at the beginning and realize what the journey has been about.  Okay… so let’s go back to the beginning…  It all started more than a decade ago during a conversation with “C,” the owner of the world’s largest collection…

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…