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Great Article from JBL's prime designer on the power of vintage speakers

Discussion in 'The Lansing Legacy' started by rob Brandt, Oct 27, 2018.

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    Excellent, thanks for sharing!
     
  3. rob Brandt

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    :)
     
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    I've seen that interview under a different banner. I remember some confusion over the "4335" in the context of saying the L300 was the home version of the 4333. I suppose he actually said "4333" and it was transcribed inaccurately, though I'd like to think he would have meant 4345!
     
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    Pretty cool interview
     
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    I think everyone should be made to read and contemplate this article. People just don't experience live un amplified concerts or recitals anymore. Even small string quartets can have huge dynamics while playing a vigorous piece. Plucking of strings can easily peg meters and give electronics a challenge .

    At the time I was recording events for the colleges music and Drama departments I could become easily board with certain types of music, instrumentations and composers. But by the 3rd or 4 th semester I was finally learning to appreciate not only the sound, but the actual performance no matter the type of what would be called classical music. We were a small college with out big resources, so the recording equipment was pretty basic, professional Ampex tape machines with Ampex mixers, Mac power amps and Altec 604 monitors, We borrowed Mics from here and there, RCA Ribbons, Altec and Sony condensor mics, and I could get my hands on Neumann and Telefunken large diaphragm mics from the Radio Station I worked at. The music department had Magnecord tape decks Mac amps and Old Klipschorns and Cornwalls for play back in the different class rooms and rehearsal spaces. . And though the spectral balance wasn't always the best, the dynamics were there. I didn't realize I was missing Dynamics until I was working part time at a hifi shop installing systems to start with in homes. Some of the customers wanted to hear some of my live recordings. But their systems failed miserably with smaller speaker systems. So I stoped that regrettably.

    I still have a few of my live recordings and boot legs. It really does take a strong system to replicate a live un compressed recording. Ray Charles and Stan Kentons big bands come to mind. Basie's band with that controlled energy just waiting to explode was a thrill. Woodies and Buddy Rich's concert pieces could be just amazingly dynamic. Its been close to 30 years since I experienced walking around on stage and being in the wings for a Woody Herman Concert and I can tell you there was an energy there you just can't believe to your hear it. The levels can be so extreme from just the light tinkle of piano keys or brushes on cymbals to the entire Heard belting out tremendous crescendos.

    I'm glad I read this article again it brings back many memories and reminds me what true Hifi systems capabilities should be.
     
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