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The Bottom One Subwoofer?

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Posted on March 5, 2024 at 08:05:29
Baranyi
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I got this in an estate and I can find nothing on it at all. It says "the bottom one" with a musical note being part of the logo. It is a solid box and there are no other markings of the company. Has anyone else ever heard or seen these?

 

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"The Bottom End", posted on March 5, 2024 at 08:24:09
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Not "The Bottom One". Google the correct name, and you'll find lots of info.

This was a subwoofer from the early/mid 1970s, and was very popular, partly because there weren't many (any?) subwoofers back then to augment bass-deficient hifi speakers.

I hesitate to call it an "icon", but it certainly was a welcome addition for anyone who wanted more bass (mas basso!) back in the day. Oddly, even though I worked in a few hifi shops back in the '70s, and spent many years in other audio work, I've never heard one, so I don't have any firsthand knowledge of how good, or not-so-good, it actually was. Does it say "M+K" on the back?

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I don't think it is "one" but "ono" or "on note", posted on March 5, 2024 at 08:40:55
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But never heard of either mark

 

Well done, posted on March 5, 2024 at 08:58:44
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Didn't see the e, just saw o


M&K roots

Very informative

 

RE: "The Bottom End", posted on March 5, 2024 at 09:16:25
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"Ken Kreisel's (M&K) First Subwoofer "The Bottom End""

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RE: I don't think it is "one" but "ono" or "on note", posted on March 5, 2024 at 16:13:36
Baranyi
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Many thanks for all the information!

 

I bought my Octavium used in 1966. nT, posted on March 7, 2024 at 17:37:44
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I miss M & K...., posted on March 8, 2024 at 06:49:59
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I liked their product line! It's a shame they went the way of the dinosaur.....

 

RE: I miss M & K...., posted on March 9, 2024 at 07:31:23
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I still have a M&K V75 mark II sub. Currently in storage.
Gsquared

 

Right you are., posted on March 9, 2024 at 11:37:40
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Way before Steely Dan

 

Interesting Czwerinski references, Thanks, posted on March 12, 2024 at 12:47:23
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In my Bassist role:
My 69' acoustic Control 361 cabinet used that 18" Vega driver which has since been reconed. By far the loudest cabinet I've ever played through. Its designer Russ Allee was said to have designed the popular 360 system around that driver.

Sound reinforcement advancements moved quickly in the late 60's and direct inputs negated the need for trunk sized Bass back line cabinets. I held onto the 360 and my Ampeg (Magnavox) SVT though. The 360 may have easily contributed to my current low level tinnitus. The SVT's 90 lb head was defiantly the root of my back issues.

We beat the crap out of a Cerwin-Vega 1800-A amp, two V-B12's and and sold them in working order. I still have the B-36 horn. All this stuff was purchased from Leo's Music SF East Bay locations.

Not a fan of Paul McGowan's high level subwoofer setup. I did buy his HCA-2 amp and gave it away. Those huge Genesis tower subwoofer systems out in the middle of those audio show big demo rooms seemed awkward to me.

Thanks for that link.

 

RE: I miss M & K...., posted on March 19, 2024 at 13:16:14
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I still have (had) two 12" M&K subwoofers in Seattle (I'm in Alaska). Gave them to my brother.

 

I have two M&K V125 subs in Seattle. I'm in Alaska. ;^). nt, posted on March 19, 2024 at 14:35:32
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RE: I have two M&K V125 subs in Seattle. I'm in Alaska. ;^). nt, posted on March 19, 2024 at 14:48:35
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It happens. :)

 

Actually, I am leaving Alaska after 52 years and taking my HSU Research, posted on March 20, 2024 at 10:55:22
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HRSW10 subwoofer pairs with me to our new house West of Bremerton. The M&K subs are already in Bremerton, but I want to use the HSU subs instead. I will drive the HSU subs with a NAD2600A amp, and I have an Adcom 555 if not satisfied with the NAD. I am using a modified Dahlquist crossover, but I also have HSU's electronic crossover as an option.

 

RE: Actually, I am leaving Alaska after 52 years and taking my HSU Research, posted on March 20, 2024 at 17:55:32
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When I was experimenting with a small system some years ago, I had a small Hsu sub (down firing 8"), and was very happy with the sound of that little sub. I still have my HB1-MKII bookshelf speakers (with beautiful "rosenut" real wood veneer). Nice sounding and relatively efficient speakers. I hope all goes well for you back down there.

 

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