Visit to machining shop

Castings come out “rough” and need machine work….Not much but it makes all the difference. Drilling, threading, surfacing….all so that they fit neatly in place matching the wooden junctions. A few images of my friends place, glad to say has not caved into all CNC….keep it real in a world of 3D printing….! All fun……

Western electric 12a and 13a

A few posts ago I showed a 12a hanging and this is a follow up. Only one channel now but the second will be setup soon. I’ll be spending a fair time setting the system up, tuning to get the sound needed. This is truly unknown territory indeed ! We could go for the all…

Design 1st half of 20th century?

I’d really like to know what was going on during the 1st half of the 20th century…. Okay I think that the Western electric horns are not only fantastic at what they are designed to do delivering a level of audio efficiency unheard of but also the organic shapes are just pieces of art….btw that…

Western Electric 13a feet that count…..

The we13a needs good feet to support the mouth. These are like originals supporting the horn at the exterior sides of the mouth. It’s strange that when you support the 13a in the middle of the mouth it affects the sound. Actually when you listen to a pair in stereo one being correctly supported and…

A day at the foundry

I was forced to change foundry See here Therefore it was necessary to spend sometime with the craftsman who’s doing the work, to go over the details and specifics. Here a few images showing the mould ready for the molten iron. We run a test to then break the throat just to check the regularity…

Hot glue!

Modern glues have made the whole gluing in woodworking easy. Well easy is good I guess? Maybe not in my world. Many only know modern glues, liquid brush on clamp and wait. Others know the old ways. Animal glue. What is that? Animal glue was the most common woodworking glue for thousands of years until…

Preparation works

Here the 1st steps to install a full size western electric 12a and 13a system. Yes that’s 2 x we12a and 2 x we13a for one lucky listener….more as we build this. Next weekend the whole thing should be singing. This is the very 1st home installed 12a and 13a system in Europe, well there…

What happened to the 12a and 13a horns?

Well well….here in the official Western Electric instructions dating back to 1933 we learn that they were “demolished and junked locally…” how sad!….a peep at ways to solving one of the rattling issues on the 16a horn…. All fun….