Western Electric 12a and 13a « combo »

In the heart of Switzerland a 13Audio replica horn setup has been installed for what I can call a “very keen” listener “I” who is very happy playing mono even from stereo recordings, good man! I is also into his whiskey as I discovered when I opened the door behind the horns, does that help…

Various angles

`When “W2” listens to the WE13a he prefers this setup with the horn down flat and facing straight forward, field coil tweeter tucked in the mouth and he’s all set. Those EV T350 tweeters are not connected… Good thing with the WE13a is it’s so easy to change the angle having adjustable (or remove) tubular…

Another world…in Munich 2016

“C” and Silbatone have granted us the opportunity to see and hear some of the most significant, historical and rare western electric gear at “High End” audio shows and mostly Munich. How can we thank them enough? We cannot! I do owe to “C” my very addiction to the Adam and Eve of speakers WE12a…

Best solutions are simple!

At the 2016 Munich show the Silbatone team needed to avoid mid range shoutiness off the rear wall just cancelling some of it with a low tec solution. Yet awesome bass produced by the “small” sub… Now they did not do run out to get any high tec room compensation solution that was the popular…

No free lunch, but it tastes good!

Previously it was about free lunch and it’s starting to taste good! The misfortune was loosing my patern models that entailed making them again.. Well those models are intended to make castings for the use on the horns…to reincarnate the western electric 12a horns. Yes originals are as rare as hens teeth and afraid that…

Back to the listening, throats 

Been busy shaping, planing, curving all that wood to for outgoing WE13a western electric horns  for some soon to  be happy listeners. These endeavours extract me from listening to some extent…Lucky that the two we13a horns I use sing real well and it’s really just switch on and enjoy so no need to tweak at…

Size and it matters

I have frequent questions on the size and suitability for setting up western electric stereo horn configurations. I can only reply based on experience and actual fittings into my room. This room is approx 6,50 x 7 metres and see here how the different horns fill the room. The length of the wall between the…

Sorting photos of the western electric 13a build

Whilst doing some sorting of the 100’s of images taken during my building I came across this one of the parts drying after painting them. For some reason, maybe because of the era?, these horns not only play wonderfully but also are simply just beautiful…. Looking forward to making the next pair….👍 All fun….

Interesting reading here that dates back to 1928

So blog partner goes into the future with High Res digital and I work backwards to the roots of sound reproduction. This is how we imagined Audio16 in the outset, two angles of the same subject matter. This article dates back to 1928 when the WE555 was hot cakes and as the article says way…