(Re)building a Hi-Fi Room
Eight years ago I vacated this space, not knowing that I would be back someday...
|Late Spring 2016|
|Altec 861 cabinet|
Among those that didn't make it into the 20 foot container in 2008 was a pair of Altec 861 cabinets loaded with generic 15" drivers. I used one temporarily to get some sounds going in the room while I figured out how to repurpose the other cabinet.
This sweet "Little Jewel" PP6V6 integrated mono amp fired up with no problems after almost 8 years of silence.
|Rek O Kut B12GH + Velvet Touch|
My hand-carried Velvet Touch tonearm "blu-tacked" on a ROK B12GH and mounted on a state-of-the-art crate plinth.
After a thorough cleaning and re-lubrication of the main bearing, Papst motor and replacement of motor mounts, the dreaded motor vibration is still felt on the tonearm finger lift. I have to send the idler wheel to Terry Witt for a rebuild and plan on building a heavy plinth.
Unlike the fussy Rek O Kut, this Pioneer PL6U is running quietly on its original lightweight plinth after I replaced the 3 perished rubber motor mounts with rubber grommets + light cleaning and re-lubrication. It sounds great with a $40 Stanton 500 cartridge!
|KLH Model Twenty One|
Classic Hi-Fi FM table radio found in a bicycle shop.
|Western Electric 111C|
Stereo > Mono transformer mixer for the iPod Nano
Hi Eff Speaker
Since the Altec 861 share a similar internal volume with the Altec 614, I went to Lowe's to get 3/4" plywood cut to the size of the front panel. Using a Harbor Freight Router + Jasper Jig 200, I cut a hole for a rear mounted Altec 414A and a rectangular 2" x 7" port to mimic an Altec 614.
Altec 861 loaded with an Altec 414A running full range augmented on top by an Emilar EH800 horn or Altec 32A horn with an Emilar EA175-16 compression driver.
Work in progress...