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…

Does the GIP 597 need top end help?

GIP 597a is my tweeter of choice with the large WE horns. Lacks top end? Lacks something? My 1st pair that I got were from a fellow audio freak in Australia. That was some year ago now. However they had unglued voice coils, someone had repaired or played with them? wiring was also out of…

Western Electric 15a throats

  Brass, sheet steel etc..have been used to reproduce the western electric 15 horn throats. Only thing? Not good enough for me! The originals were made from cast iron. Brass is easy to cast due its lower molten point, after all brass and bronze are frequently used by artists to reproduce sculptures. Europe has no…

Shaping horn wood

Shaping wood by hand for replica western electric solid wood horn, this one is for a solid wood 15a spoken about here Western Electric 15a “solid wood” Yes it’s work in inches as the originals made in USA. Wood? Well it’s from the USA North East. Again just like the originals. The replicas I make…

The Western Electric 16a

My 16a is from 1929 when it was installed in Pennsylvania. It was then taken down circa 1970 to storage. From that storage it found a European home back in early 2000. The 16a was only designed that way to comply to the physical constraints of multi purpose theatres. What happened is that those constraints…