View Full Version : OT: What could be done with this monster?
10-18-2011, 02:56 PM
Has anyone ever seen anything like this (http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/ele/2610235707.html)? That is a monster amp!
10-18-2011, 03:09 PM
What could be done with this monster?
Hook it to a monster horn ( as was the fashion of the time )
Not sure, but I don't see getting 1000W from 6L6's.
And, why? Unless you had a stereo pair (holy electric bill from he$$) what good would it be? Massive bass guitar amp?
That said, it's about as cool as it gets for old school tube amps.
10-18-2011, 05:33 PM
Has anyone ever seen anything like this (http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/ele/2610235707.html)? That is a monster amp!At 25 watts each it takes 40 6L6 for 1kw. And in the 30s this is what theaters used for speakers, so there was no need for more than 100 watts anyway, especially considering the limited low end bandwidth of movies of that era.
10-18-2011, 05:55 PM
For numerous reasons: The 1kw figure may be a reflection of power consumption not production. I suspect it is a multi-amp rack ( re: posted link ).
The seller did say "I don't know much about it"
10-18-2011, 09:43 PM
I'd imagine it might make a good furnace.
10-18-2011, 11:25 PM
A good friend of mine who works for Otis Elevators, salvaged 4 sets of Art Deco bronze elevator doors from a old movie theater being torn down in Parsons, KS. We also salvaged three sets of Altec 24" woofer, 4 10" mid's, sectorial horn, "Voice of the Theater" speakers and four Altec tri-amped amplifiers using 24 866 tubes (they look like inverted Coke bottles) for the woofers. His house has a set of the elevator doors as entry doors, and the VOT's and amp's are in his living room. That RCA rack is no more than 200 watts RMS tops. We had one exactly like it at the combined elementary/junior high school I attended and I was in charge of A/V from 4th grade until I had to change schools half-way thru 7th grade. Don't sneer at the frequency range of the RCA "Photophone" system. On 35 mm optical, it was 18-24Khz @91 dB S/N, mono. 24-19Khz @88dB S/N stereo with a light bulb exciter lamp and a vacumm tube photocell, Variable width/variable denisty system on B&W film. Read the track today with a red LED and you can have Dolby THX 12 channel sound off an optical track (remember "Star Wars"?) You've never heard analog audio until you've heard 35mm full width optical sound, which all the Beatles' songs were transfered to practically as soon as they were recorded, for their "videos".
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