Western Electric 15a “solid wood”

November 2017 : Some 70km North of Copenhagen during the ETF meeting of 2017 my good friend « B » decided to host a small lecture on Western Electric and some of their amazing technology and testing gear at Bell Laboratories. Amazing stuff indeed! During this small lecture we watched a short film in which you can…

Refined casting models

This is what it takes to get the job done, to make exact replica throats in cast iron. No shortcuts, easier to make brass, no lost wax casting..indeed juts plain and simple cast iron as all the western electric horn throats. Easier said than done! I really love this “very industriel” stage of my production…

Typical wood section for WE13a

This is a typical section from the sides of the 13a horn, one of the 120 needed to make one 13a horn. The shape is like a propeller, end is rounded to follow horn profile and the two straight edges are not parallel (that would be too easy don’t you think!). These side sections are…

Maybe it’s time

Been busy working on 12a and 13a horns and travelling around the planet to set them up correctly putting aside other plans. It’s time to act….I have been harbouring for too long now the build of another very very special western electric horn (yes….very special indeed). Over the past years it’s been about research so…

Western Electric 12a & 13a stereo setup’

Some years ago I embarked on a road to replicate the “Adam and Eve” of cinema sound speakers. At that time many did raise their eyebrows saying build methods of  the venerable WE12a and WE13a horns were hard and too expensive to master. Woodwork, castings, sourcing materials and getting wood from very same foresting areas…

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…

Berlin Berliner

Having good audio friends in Berlin and knowing  their audio community is very active I had to post about Emile Berliner (May 20, 1851 – August 3, 1929)…. This German-born American actually invented the flat disc “gramophone record”…we owe him so much! Now the Berlin will call themselves Berliners? All Fun…