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  1. Joni Michell self-produced all of her albums, was severely-stricken with polio as a child and almost died from it...that health issue has recurred on her numerous times in adulthood, also....among others...she has always been a night owl...gets up late in the afternoon, paints all night., smoking heavily as she does so....her passion is actually that of a graphic artist, and she is really a GREAT artist!...but she will be forever remembered for her music...more than anything else. She admits that it perplexes her, too! I've been a fan ever since 1969!
  2. When Joni Mitchell was young, and her voice hadn't yet felt the ravishes of an extremely heavy cigarette-smoking habit, she had a full three octaves to play with! Unique in every way...voice, vocal inflections, instrument playing abilities, musical timing,, song-writing skills... you name it, just one of a kind...sadly, there will probably will never be anybody like her again, IMHO!
  3. Carly Simon also has two sisters who are fantastic singers, Lucy, and Joanna (an opera mezzo-soprano!)
  4. HDBRbuilder

    What I Got Today!

    Benka loved riding, so she'll probably be doing it as long as she can. When she found out that I had been a paratrooper, she remarked that she had always wanted to try out parachuting. Later, as I was following along on her North-American progress on her trip, she soon got her chance to jump out of planes, and ended up getting a sky-diving rig and carrying it along on her F650 for most of rest of her journey, just in case she got a chance to make a few jumps here and there along her way around the world! Too funny! She is a very adventure-hearted young woman!
  5. I'll just stick with my old heavy Chromed-steel-bodied early 1950's two-slice toaster with its bake-lite trim, thank you! No need for any single-slice rig!😉
  6. HDBRbuilder

    What I Got Today!

    In the latter 1990's, I was at a BMW motorcycle rally, had gotten there fairly early...and this young lady rolled in on her F650 and "it seemed loaded for bear"...she set up her tent nearby, and walked over to the table I was at and joined me there....I asked her if she wanted a beer, and went to got one for her...came back, and we chatted for awhile. She had a European accent, and told me she was a massage therapist from Slovenia...her name was Benka Pulko…and she asked me where I was from...so I told her: North West Arkansas...Fort Smith. She told me that she intended to ride in northern Arkansas after the rally. Eventually we got to know more about each other. She was going on a round-the-world trip on her F650! And she was on the North American leg of it, but intended to go to South America next..ALL THE WAY TO ITS TIP...and if she could find somebody WILLING to do it, she intended to catch a ride to ANTARCTICA with her bike! I was totally ENTHRALLED by then! LOL! She said that nobody had ever done Antarctica on a round-the-world trip before and she wanted to do it on hers! TOO FUNNY! Well we partied some and over that rally weekend she made many friends...so we all decided to follow her trip however we could...she gave us the info on how to do it! So, long story short...she completed that round-the-world journey...to include ANTARCTICA! As is normally usual, after someone achieves "celebrity" status, negative things tend to crawl out of the woodwork about them. This also happened to Benka! I'm normally a pretty good judge of character, and can most often pick-up on whether somebody is "full of it" or not...and with Benka, I did NOT get any of those vibes at all! She had a happy and excited way about her...and I enjoyed our short time together!
  7. When I got to Kuwait in 2004, about two weeks or so afterwards I received two boxes from Klipsch corporate in Indy...one was a set of Promedia 2.1speakers for my computer and the other box was filled with "goodies"...hat, polo, bumper sticker, those folding frisbee things, PWK license plate...all kinds of stuff...and a REAL surprise...a pair of Klipsch signature series pie-slice logos, carefully-wrapped up and in a zip-lock baggie...with a note inside on Klipsch letterhead that said "Andy, these are for the next Klipsch speakers you build after you get back!" (Signed) Amy! They are packed away now for moving...but I certainly WILL use them that way!😉
  8. BTW, I've found over the years that using ABF freight is very reasonable for shipping large speakers long distances! The speakers should be packed well and protected and strapped to a pallet, though! Also you will seldom get them home-picked-up...that is a DIY deal...the same for being home-delivered!
  9. OK, JRH has not yet responded to you, so here is what I KNOW...PWK, himself, made up an oblique drawing of what later became known as the "B-Style" Klipschorn...and IIRC, that drawing actually had "style 7" written near the bottom of the drawing page, in his own hand....but maybe slightly after the fact of the drawing itself. I looked thru my computer files for a pic of the drawing, but cannot find it! So maybe I never saved it?....even though I intended to do so. ALSO, IIRC, the date PWK put on that drawing is in 1949, I THINK! I had difficulty reading THAT! SO, if the drawing WAS dated 1949, then you may well have one of the earliest made in "Style 7" since yours was completed in early 1950!...maybe by Harold Wright? See below for the later designations of the styles in the pic I have attached. As for the finish: I presume that FL stands for "furniture laquer"...and most likely the "34" is the stain used prior to laquer being applied...or a combination of "Black walnut" and stain? Yours appear to be black walnut on the finely-veneered panels. WHY Klipsch used the thinner 1/2" thick veneered panels is beyond me, because in his drawing the proportions seem to point MORE towards the panels being 3/4" instead! It could just have been due to an "availability" issue early on!...which was corrected when that issue ended. There is the possibility that the woofer bass bin was purchased prior to the top-hat section, and when that top hat section was bought, the original owner decided to get a base model and get it finished out in walnut...I have no idea, though! Does the top-hat portion have a tag in it somewhere? @JRH should easily be able to clarify things, when he checks this posting out!
  10. I'm from Arkansas and in an extreme minority in my home state...never been a Razorback fan! There are lots of colleges/Universities here, U of A is JUST ONE OF THEM! My alma mater is one of two I support in sports, but I much more enjoy high school sports...there are High School kids who KNOW they will never be in the running for sports scholarships, but who PLAY THEIR HEARTS OUT in high school, anyway! Pro sports and university sports already have too many INDIVIDUALS and not enough TEAM EFFORTS, IMHO! High school sports are a COMPLETELY different story for the most part!!
  11. There are SWIVEL casters and there are FIXED casters...and they both have a wheel...some have a locking wheel and some don't
  12. That's what THEY CALL IT...a "caster": https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_363218_363218?cm_mmc=Bing-pla&utm_source=Bing_PLA&utm_medium=Material Handling > Casters > 500 - 999 Lbs.&utm_campaign=Fairbanks&utm_content=189976&msclkid=d31ece8415e11cd2596d925b9be533f2 Any more Questions?
  13. When I worked at Klipsch most of us in the cabinet shop were always building up miniature things (mostly speaker units!) during breaks and after work...The first thing I built was a pair of Mini-Heresys for Judy Harris, who wanted stereo in her bathroom in her apartment! Outside audio manufacturers and such were always sending things to the lab to be tested, but that really got heavy after the anechoic chamber was built! Seldom did the stuff sent to be tested have a requirement it had to be returned...so that stuff would build-up, and had to be gotten-rid-of...so they wouid let us "get rid of it" for them! We NORMALLY had to pay SOMETHING for what we got, but it was way less than if we had to buy it elsewhere!...if not totally FREE! So I went over to Don Peterson's office and figured he was in, since his BMW Sedan was parked outside...told him what I was building and what I needed for it. So he looked thru the pile of stuff he had stored back in his office, and pulled out a pair of Pioneer Duo-cone 6x9 oval car speakers...told me they tested out similarly to what the Heresys put out, and said "FREE" and I was outta there! I had already sawn from scrap a pair of approximately half-scale(1/4th the interior volume of Heresys) Heresy cabinet parts including the motor-board panel ...but had not routed the opening for the driver, yet...SO I did that, slapped them together and got them shot in industrial textured black, along with the trim for around the motorboard to staple grille cloth under the trim onto the box...I put some trerminals on the rear panel and assembled it all up...took them to the lab and asked them to test them...a few days later I got word they had been tested...and they were surprised at how close to Heresys they sounded. Judy was a happy camper! Made another pair of boxes up for some oval 5x7 Jenson Coax car-speakers a year or so later for my best friend, Mike, for Christmas, too! He had red Subaru 4WD wagon...wanted some speakers to put in the rear cargo area...so, with grille panel Velcro hook tabs on bottom of them, he could move them around on the rear cargo area carpet wherever he wanted to, to figure out the best sound location, and they would stay put on the carpet no matter how hard he drove that thing! They sounded great, too! I even got a "universal-fit" Blaupunkt in-dash AM/FM Cassette deck that way...put it into my 75 Datsun pick-up, with a pair of 5 or 6 inch round Jensen coax door speakers into the doors, and was good to go! My best buddy, Mike asked me why I was adding in an alligator clip to the speaker wires in the doors, instead of just female spade connectors to the speaker-terminals...I told him "You'll find out this weekend at the river". He stopped by my place en-route to the river, and we loaded up the 55 gal drum BBQ grill, sacks of groceries and stuff, a large ice chest full of ice and beer, and a pair of LB-76' "FACTORY-LOANERS" into the back of the Datsun pick-up...we got to the river and unloaded everything, ...put the LB's way out on the gravel bar facing in, I removed the door speaker covers and ran speaker wire from each LB-76 to each door, thru the door windows...and the "alligator-clip-instead-of-female-spade-connector plan" was revealed to Mike! Then I popped a 120-minute "greatest hits Vol. I" cassette (which I had recorded from albums) into the Blaupunkt, and it was Rock'N'Roll-at-the-river-time! LOL! A huge crowd of friends showed and we all had a blast! IIRC, that Blaupunkt AM/FM Cassette in-dash deck put out about 10 WPC max!! It was already "more than loud enough!" thru the LB-76's with the volume knob sitting at ""nine o'clock"position! 😉
  14. Round was the shape I was in until about 3 years ago….after losing around 100 lbs,, now I'm in more of an OVAL shape, just not a NARROW OVAL shape, yet!
  15. Was that released on vinyl years later...or maybe on reel closer to when it was recorded?
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