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  1. I like that one, but my favorite is a toss up between Demons and Wizards...and Sweet Freedom.....AND their LIVE album "Uriah Heep Live"...a double disc album....surprisingly good for a live recording in those days! I have always really loved "Stealin" from Sweet Freedom...it reminds me of my old Paratrooper days...young, single and CAREFULLY playing the field...LOL!
  2. I've been saving up for over forty years for 22 karat gold speaker wire, but only have enough money to buy about 4 FT of it at the moment, and I need at least 20 feet of it. So.... when my descendants show up on here to let you know what their A/B test between this vs. that in speaker wire turns out to be, and mention my name and use the term "22 karat gold speaker wire" pay attention because I will probably be dead and in the ground for a decade or so before they make that post (that is...providing they don't blow their inheritances from me on something ridiculous like new Iphones instead of the 22 karat gold speaker wire they are SUPPOSED to buy!) .
  3. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"
  4. I just use old wire coat-hangers for speaker wire...straighten 'em out...twist them together...hook 'em up and pizz off the neighbors!
  5. I have been doing this with two pairs of Heresys since the 1980's...stacking the upper pair upside down on the lower pair...and it really sounds great that way. The first time I did it, I was DJ'ing a frat party while in college (which is where I went after I left Klipsch in 1983). The music system was set up with the home-owner's Heresys inside his totally empty detached garage firing out into his backyard through the open double-wide garage door. I put a soft towel atop each of his Heresys and stacked my flame twins upside on top of his, running both pairs through speakers A&B front outputs on my H/K 900+ quad receiver, which was outside under an awning just to the right of the garage, with my reel deck, turntable, and cassette deck. The amplifier section could push a very conservatively-rated 32 WPC into each speaker which was way more than enough to rock the joint! I never even had to push the volume control up to 10 o'clock the entire night.
  6. Part of the reason for the Cornwall horizontal placement deal is to be able to be able to position it this way when using a SINGLE Cornwall as a center channel speaker between two K-horns. It is part of the WAF plan...by positioning the Cornwall on its side the WAF is improved if a long table can be set up with the Cornwall UNDER the table. PWK actually had a Cornwall as a center channel speaker between two K-horns at his home (PWK was a HUGE proponent of the three-speaker stereo array), and laying on its side until he later replaced that Cornwall with a LaScala (which was voiced closer to the K-horns, but got him a large reduction in WAF points), and he further replaced the LaScala with a Belle (which he PURPOSELY designed to satisfy the WAF at home...going so far as to name it after his first wife, Belle).
  7. Roy would rather have a Bassmasters award, anyway!...or (better yet) be awarded a fancy new bass boat with its ice chests loaded with beer for his efforts!
  8. Actually RECIEVING a patent for something is NOT so easy! In order to patent something the wording within the patent application must show that the item is unique, OR significantly different from previously patented items. For example, one could receive a patent for a bifurcated pathway double "S" horn bass horn speaker provided it was SIGNIFICANTLY different from one previously patented. Unfortunately, there have already been patents granted for such an item. So, if BY DESIGN it is NOT significantly different, then it must be significantly different in one or more OTHER ways, either in its design or within the wording of the patent application. One could also attempt to patent the entire system, as a two-way system, or a CONVERTIBLE system (meaning it could start out as a one or two way system and be added to later on to become a better system as a three or four way system)....PROVIDING that it does not appear to be infringing on a previously-issued patent. Such was case with the "convertible" system which had its patent granted in 1957 (after a wait of three years!) to William Hartsfield. The key to HIS patent was that it was a CONVERTIBLE system, which could be upgraded over time as the owner could afford to do so, by simply changing out a few REMOVEABLE PARTS, and replacing those parts with other parts and adding more components along with a crossover network to support the additional components added. Those removable parts were included in the patent application, because they HAD TO BE included in order to stand a chance at RECEIVING the patent. This would make the system into a two-way, then a three-way, and later a four-way system, with everything happening within the SAME bass bin cabinet design. IOW, if Hartsfield had not SOUGHT a patent on a "convertible loudspeaker", then he would never have been granted the patent to begin with. After JBL had built the Hartsfield and marketed it for a number of years, its team of engineers CHANGED the build of the Bass bin significantly to the SECOND "Hartsfield" model...using the name for their new speaker, which was basically a bifurcated double "S" horn design, which they adopted PRIMARILY to cut down on production costs of the more complicated build involved in the ORIGINAL Hartsfield. See the pics below to get an idea of WHY William Hartsfield was originally granted a patent for his "convertible" Hartsfield speaker: Figures 1, 2, and 3 show how the SINGLE driver fired forward, while the bass bin was powered off the backside of it....using the removable ducting element that allowed for that. Figure 5 shows that it has been "converted" and now has a large woofer firing through a compression slot into the bass bin from a removable sealed enclosure, while a compression mid-horn is now firing forward. And you can see between the three pics which parts were removable to make it a CONVERTIBLE loudspeaker...all the way up to a four-way speaker, with additions of upper mid horn and tweeter. Just for chits and giggles...look at the bottom pic, which shows HOW the Original Hartsfield speaker bass horn actually worked...and just above that in light blue, is the JBL engineer team re-design of the bass horn in the "new" Hartsfield which replaced the original Hartsfield bass horn lens sometime around 1960 or a couple of years earlier...significant change, huh? If you put the JBL Hartsfield re-design up for comparison to the Jubilee bass bin design, you can more similarity that dis-similarity...both are bifurcated double "S" horns...with the MAJOR differences in the BASIC design being exactly WHERE the bifurcated pathway begins in the bass horn and how each units woofer(s) are fired into that bifurcated pathway. Trying to actually get a patent awarded is not so much in the design OR the wording of the patent application...but is a combination of BOTH, if a patent is to actually be awarded. Patent applications get turned down nowadays far more often then they get granted, simply because they are such a PITA to write up properly in order to get the patent awarded. It is just so difficult nowadays because there are so many MORE THINGS which have been patented over the years and which a part of the patent application may infringe upon! If you actually just READ the Klipschorn patent which PWK wrote, you will see how much hassle it was even back then!
  9. I still "owe" you a custom decorator Heresy build...soon to be FINALLY retired...and yours is first on the list. I guess the H/K 430 is now long gone, huh?
  10. Heresys set up properly. will do just fine...they were used for stage monitors for years...and the HIP models have been used on or off stands for years in reinforcement/PA applications. It isn't like you need lots of low bass response for reinforcing the voices of children, anyway! Therefor the tweeter and the midrange horns of Heresys with the upper bass from the woofers would probably do the trick! Here is another thought....since it is a summer camp environment, if the stage itself was set-up in a natural bowl-type location, OR was backed by high ground immediately behind it (preferably in a semi-circle)...or BOTH, the environment would readily enhance the acoustics of what was being said/sung on that stage...if it worked for the Ancient Greeks and Romans, it will still work today. Ever heard of UDINE, in Northeastern Italy??...not very far from Trieste?? Huge Roman stadium there in the mountains...back in the day (1973-1976) three-day-weekend concerts were the norm in the summer months, even though there was no train going to the town...artists and bands choppered-in and concert-goers took buses in from the closest train station...not enough housing/hotels for all the people but plenty of camping space! I went there every summer when I wasn't elsewhere being an infantry paratrooper and got to really love that place! Pretty much everybody who was anybody played there back in those days...Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Ten Years After, Blue Oyster Cult...the list goes on and on! Let nature show you how to project, if at all possible!
  11. Actually, it was rifled artillery tubes...he got that patent while he was on active duty in WWII at the Southwest Proving Grounds (where the Hope factory is today).
  12. The Jubilee bass bins, in and of themselves, were never patented by Klipsch...because they couldn't be.
  13. Hey Justin....long time no see!
  14. The ""LOUD POP" you heard more than once while plugging sources in with the speakers powered up probably caused the problem to begin with. It will either be in the driver(s), the crossover, or an upstream component (probably in the amplifier section). It is NOT GOOD to plug things in while the amplifier is on and the speakers are on...ESPECIALLY if the volume is turned up! My advice: Once you solve the problem, try very hard to not continue causing it....just saying...
  15. By the way...I have found over the years that one of the BEST room treatments for annoying reflections are bookcases FULL OF BOOKS...or even multi-media storage units full of DVDs, Bluerays, CDs, etc....depending on where they are placed or SHOULD be placed. They also tend to add SOUNDPROOFING to the room (with all those dense sound-absorbing books in them!) Plus, nice bookcases full of nice books (my preference is leather bindings with gilt spine markings!) tend to add a "touch of class" to the listening environment, IMHO! Wide open unused shelves in bookcases will sometimes often compound reflection issues, though!