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…

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…