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….

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…