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    This was fascinating, to this major nerd anyway. Imagine buying a radio receiver with 30 tubes, an 18" woofer, dual 12" woofers for the low-low price of $1500 in 1936?

    https://www.nutsvolts.com/magazine/a...rucNcI3hi5MoCg
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    The 500kw WLW transmitter.

    JIM HAWKINS' WLW Transmitter Page

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    • #3
      Evidently big speakers attracted the babes back then. Crosley was an interesting guy.
      It is estimated that one percent of the general population are psychopaths - New Criminologist: Understanding Psychopaths

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      • #4
        No mention of the SQ at all. I wonder if you could heat your home with it?

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        • #5
          Very impressive, especially for the time, I wonder if there are any left?

          The 30s were a great decade for innovation: radar, television, tape recording and the helicopter, to name but a few inventions, all came from that period.

          Thanks for the link!

          Geoff

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          • #6
            I reckon back then SQ was not a thing

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            • #7
              All all that surface area, and no bass modulation...probably loud AF lol. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk

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              • #8
                You were the neighborhood chick magnet if you had that in your parlor! I read that if a cell phone were constructed with tubes it would be the size of the Washington Monument.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by skatz View Post
                  No mention of the SQ at all. I wonder if you could heat your home with it?
                  They had separate amps for mids/highs and lows. It was an ACTIVE multi-way speaker system!!! SQ was definitely a consideration.
                  R = h/(2*pi*m*c) and don't you forget it! || Periodic Table as redrawn by Marshall Freerks and Ignatius Schumacher || King Crimson Radio
                  Byzantium Project & Build Thread || MiniByzy Build Thread || 3 x Peerless 850439 HDS 3-way || 8" 2-way - RS28A/B&C8BG51

                  95% of Climate Models Agree: The Observations Must be Wrong
                  "Gravitational systems are the ashes of prior electrical systems.". - Hannes Alfven, Nobel Laureate, Plasma physicist.

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                  • #10
                    At Pete's suggestion, I am adding this photo of a speaker system built by Harry Olson (in the 50's I presume) as seen at InDIYana 2018, another quest for the best. It was a 15" coaxial in a unique enclosure, as you can see.

                    Steve

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                    • #11
                      Can you check the path of that shortcut?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by dst View Post
                        You were the neighborhood chick magnet if you had that in your parlor! I read that if a cell phone were constructed with tubes it would be the size of the Washington Monument.
                        And work about 5 minutes before another tube needed replacing lol.
                        Francis

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by fpitas View Post

                          And work about 5 minutes before another tube needed replacing lol.
                          My dad bought a Zenith table radio in the late 1950s. It is stuck on KMOX (1120 AM) as the tuner mechanism crumbled over time. But turn it on and wait a few minutes, and you can still listen to Cardinal Baseball as they chase another pennant.

                          Still has the original tubes.
                          R = h/(2*pi*m*c) and don't you forget it! || Periodic Table as redrawn by Marshall Freerks and Ignatius Schumacher || King Crimson Radio
                          Byzantium Project & Build Thread || MiniByzy Build Thread || 3 x Peerless 850439 HDS 3-way || 8" 2-way - RS28A/B&C8BG51

                          95% of Climate Models Agree: The Observations Must be Wrong
                          "Gravitational systems are the ashes of prior electrical systems.". - Hannes Alfven, Nobel Laureate, Plasma physicist.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Pete Schumacher View Post

                            My dad bought a Zenith table radio in the late 1950s. It is stuck on KMOX (1120 AM) as the tuner mechanism crumbled over time. But turn it on and wait a few minutes, and you can still listen to Cardinal Baseball as they chase another pennant.

                            Still has the original tubes.
                            Some last a while, some don't. But one of the biggest headaches with early tube computers was the constant tube replacement.
                            Francis

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by buggers View Post
                              Can you check the path of that shortcut?
                              Obviously that didn't work. I got a message that said the file was corrupted, so I 'll have to try another way of getting it here. I am at work, and that constricts me some. Maybe this evening if I get to it.

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