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10-03-2008 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
RacerXtreme
Posts 3
Joined on 10-04-2008

Post #: 1
Post ID: 8439
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Altec A2
Hi.   First time here.   So this is where all the horn lovers go......

My wife calls this my "man-cave"....

I look at it as my "home stereo".  This photo is a couple months old.  Just add a freshly re-coned pair of JBL 2225's and six JBL 2360A horns w/ 2446j comp. drivers.  

http://s195.photobucket.com/albums/z287/guysgirl/?action=view&current=A2MB1a.jpg

Got four JBL 4311 studio monitors, 7 guitars, Fender, Line-6, and Peavey amps, a new Yamaha MM6 keyboard, an old 16 ch. Yamaha mixer etc....   The system is tri-amped through a Rane AC23 x-over.   I even have the original wings for the big 210 cabinets.    About 25 years ago, I bought the entire  A2 system out of the George Burns Theater when it closed.   It used to be called the "Mai-Kai".   Initially, I had 12 Altec 288 "Hollywood" comp. drivers, four tar-filled ten-cell (5x2) 1005B horns, and 3 tar-filled (3x5) 15 cell 1505B horns.......... but sold all of that in favor of the JBL horns.    It's just my opinion, but I think they sound better.  Tried some of the big Altec MR94
"Mantaray" horns too. 

Sold the original 515's years ago, but bought four more (made in June of 1953) to take their place.    Want to get them re-coned so they can handle a little more power.   Bill @ Great Plains Audio was highly recommended.   Four JBL 2225's will be in the other two Altec cabinets.    2 are in there now.    The mids are Peavey MB-1's w/ 12" Black Widow drivers.    At first I liked them, now I'm not so sure.......   I realize I'm creating problems by placing them side-by-side above the 210's, but that's the only way they easily fit in my garage.    They were basically free......... so for what they cost.......... they sound o.k. 

2 of the 2360 horns hang from the ceiling in the opposite corners of this room.   The other 4 JBL horns aren't even hooked up.  

I need a bigger garage......

And a 100W Marshall half-stack, and a new guitar...........
10-04-2008 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
Romy the Cat


Boston, MA
Posts 9,486
Joined on 05-28-2004

Post #: 2
Post ID: 8444
Reply to: 8439
I am’t sure that it’s what you would like to heard but…

 RacerXtreme wrote:
Hi.   First time here.   So this is where all the horn lovers go......

Not, really. I personally afraid all those “all the horn lovers” and do my best to keep them uncomfortable at my site. I do not breed a community of “horn lovers”, I am personally attracted by people who trying to accomplish the interesting things and I do not care about others. I am glad if the interesting people are trying to use horns. So, you want see a lot of “all the horn lovers” at my site as they hardly have “objectives qualifications.”

 RacerXtreme wrote:
I look at it as my "home stereo".  This photo is a couple months old.  Just add a freshly re-coned pair of JBL 2225's and six JBL 2360A horns w/ 2446j comp. drivers.  

http://s195.photobucket.com/albums/z287/guysgirl/?action=view&current=A2MB1a.jpg

Got four JBL 4311 studio monitors, 7 guitars, Fender, Line-6, and Peavey amps, a new Yamaha MM6 keyboard, an old 16 ch. Yamaha mixer etc....   The system is tri-amped through a Rane AC23 x-over.   I even have the original wings for the big 210 cabinets.    About 25 years ago, I bought the entire  A2 system out of the George Burns Theater when it closed.   It used to be called the "Mai-Kai".   Initially, I had 12 Altec 288 "Hollywood" comp. drivers, four tar-filled ten-cell (5x2) 1005B horns, and 3 tar-filled (3x5) 15 cell 1505B horns.......... but sold all of that in favor of the JBL horns.    It's just my opinion, but I think they sound better.  Tried some of the big Altec MR94 "Mantaray" horns too. 

Sold the original 515's years ago, but bought four more (made in June of 1953) to take their place.    Want to get them re-coned so they can handle a little more power.   Bill @ Great Plains Audio was highly recommended.   Four JBL 2225's will be in the other two Altec cabinets.    2 are in there now.    The mids are Peavey MB-1's w/ 12" Black Widow drivers.    At first I liked them, now I'm not so sure.......   I realize I'm creating problems by placing them side-by-side above the 210's, but that's the only way they easily fit in my garage.    They were basically free......... so for what they cost.......... they sound o.k. 

2 of the 2360 horns hang from the ceiling in the opposite corners of this room.   The other 4 JBL horns aren't even hooked up. 

I need a bigger garage......

And a 100W Marshall half-stack, and a new guitar...........

A lot of horns, a lot of electronics… Racer, what are you trying to do? I feel that you not realize that horn is not instrument of power but a very delicate control. One can hand with sniper rifle and one can hand with nuclear bomb. I am sure with the A-bomb you would keel more rabbits… Well, what I am trying to say is that it would be interesting to hear the evolution of your buys and sells of different Altec and JBL horns/drivers but rather the evolution of your audio objectives and how they manifest themselves with the specific horns solutions.

Rgs, Romy


"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche
10-04-2008 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
RacerXtreme
Posts 3
Joined on 10-04-2008

Post #: 3
Post ID: 8446
Reply to: 8439
Say what ?
What am I trying to do ?

Nothing more than have fun and enjoy some speakers that I've owned for a long time.

Period.  

I know it's way overkill for my neighborhood.    I know it's like playing the A2 system in a closet.
I know the strengths and weaknesses of the 210 cabinets.   Have read just about every piece of info I can find on them over the past 2 decades.    They're not the best design on the planet and 
they're not the worst.   They are what they are.   I'm just a normal guy that's trying to do the
best with what he has.   I've done weddings and retirement parties and played local bands through them many years ago.   They owe me nothing and I've grown fond of them.   This is my inspiration:

(look at post #17......at the photo that says "Can you hear me now ?")

http://www.audioheritage.org/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=8382&page=9

Don't have much $$ invested in the equipment I have.   Got a few other interests (like jet skis) that take up a lot of time, effort, ........and of course money.   If you stopped by and listened to this system and I told you exactly what I had in it,  you'd smile.   For example, I picked up 5 of the 2360's and 5 2446j's for a grand total of $227.50.  

I have a 15 yr. old son that's near incredible on the guitar, and if and when he wants to start a band and maybe play at the local high school,  I think I can help him out a little.   His uncle has given him a lot of inspiration and he works at it every day.  

http://s195.photobucket.com/albums/z287/guysgirl/?action=view&current=IMG_4771.jpg

10-04-2008 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
RacerXtreme
Posts 3
Joined on 10-04-2008

Post #: 4
Post ID: 8447
Reply to: 8444
Klangfilm Euronor 2
http://s229.photobucket.com/albums/ee214/RacerXXXtreme/?action=view&current=speaker3.jpg

http://s229.photobucket.com/albums/ee214/RacerXXXtreme/?action=view&current=IMG_2715.jpg

Guess I've always been fascinated with horns.   Especially the old and rare ones................ like this Klangfilm Euronor 2

http://s229.photobucket.com/albums/ee214/RacerXXXtreme/?action=view&current=Euronor2a.jpg

Now that would be neat to have in my garage.    Probably sound like crap, but it sure would look
cool and be a little different. 

c-ya


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