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In Reply to: RE: Western Electirc 26A horn driver options posted by goldjazz on July 10, 2017 at 02:35:20
He had a pair of JBL 375s connected to a WE 26A horn via a WE 22B dual throat adapter. The drivers and horn sat on top of a JBL C55 "scoop" cabinet with dual JBL 140-R woofers.
I know this because I acquired this speaker from his estate.
You forgot to mention how it sounded.
Good question! Regrettably, I never got to hear it. It was too big to bring down into my basement listening room. Also, a friend wanted the 375s for a project, so that was that.
Eventually, I brought an amp and source upstairs to listen to the woofer section only. It, along with an early EV Patrician that I acquired, reproduced the most impressive bass I have heard from any speakers.
Thanks Gerry, fascinating. Do you know what he used for crossover and amplification? I'll be using my jbl 4343's for the low end in my rig. Ive just got the single driver 22a throat. the jbl 375 could be a good option as it has the 4 mounting holes.
The crossover was a JBL N500. The best amp he had in the house (note that this was he weekend home in Connecticut), was a Fisher SA-1000. It may have been hooked up to it, I don't remember.
Almost as interesting as the speaker itself was a two-page letter from the president of JBL, William H. Thomas, to Mr. Fisher. In the letter, which is dated February 23, 1970, Mr. Thomas writes about the system being assembled and tested.
Noted studio design expert and JBL Technical Service Manager George Augspurger was mentioned in the letter and apparently was in charge of overseeing this order from Mr. Fisher. I still have the letter.
Very Interesting Gerry. So this was a mono system? So you still have the horn and the woofer rig? that crosocer looks to be huge. the fisher amp looks pretty sweet too. Must have sounded amazing, not a bad second setup for the weekend house.
on the hunt for a jbl 375 now.
you can just as well use JBL 2441 instead of JBL 375 at a fraction of cost for the latter.
Good suggestion. There's also an upgrade path w the JBL's (including other JBL options here depending on 16 or 8ohm). And that's an aftermarket Beryllium Diaphragm.
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