Simple system

This “quick” to install mono setup was rigged some months ago just to have some decent music whilst I built some we13a horns. It’s We555 with WE24a horn along with open baffle we4181. Biamp we1086 amps, passive volume control with Dave Slagle autoformers (13Audio build) Studer a730. Sounded easy and open. Simple is not that…

Big Horns alternative paths € & $ or?

Music lovers are often seeking to achieve the Western Electric sound on lower budgets. Some seriously consider making a 12a or 13a on a DIY basis. They become confonted with the woodworking skills required,  timber supply, expensive tooling construction and necessary jigs (There are 17 for the 13a….). But also the castings of the throat…

FVR 1919

It took a great deal of time to locate a foundry that could first of all accept small production and secondly agree to cast iron “the way it was done” in the 1920’s. Indeed the sand used today in many foundries is not the same…it has bonding agents that make the mould removal easier preventing…

Moving and time

When you move house you undo your fine tuned audio system to then build it up again. Obviously moving house is not just about the audio system….so what happened ? Well I just plugged in the system to enjoy some music and got on with other matters to be attended. Whilst my wife is very…

Need to test before delivery !

Just need to test before delivery? I was hosting a single mono we13a in my main room, fine and really a great system that I have baptised “the democratic western electric big horn system” one horn, one 555, one tweeter and maybe some bass….easy to setup, sits on the floor, rotate to suit your ears…

Brackets with angles reference 13810

Here we have the western electric reference 13810 bracket proudly produced and used for 13Audio horns. It is an exact replica of the original part made so many years ago. Yes it’s solid cast iron and ensures a solid and secure fixing of the throat to the wood sections of the horn. This bracket was…

I work to achieve the closest possible to original

This image shows the termination of the wooden section and flange of cast iron throat that I produce. This is the part of the horn that shows how close things are to original. The 13a was designed as compact as they could and the “good old 1/4 inch” can be seen. Achieving after more than…