Thursday, January 28, 2016

A Stereo Sound Transformer Setup Using GE S-1201D Speakers

A while ago, I posted about the Merry Barn, operated by Howie Davidson, and record hops Howie would host at what was the Old Gym at Lincoln Academy, in Newcastle, Maine.  I decided to try out a stereo pair of the old GE S-1201D speakers on the sound transformer.  Here is an image of the old Califone portable speaker cabinets that clipped together for transport.  You can see Howie's clothesline that provided a handy carrying handle for easy transport.


Califone Portable Speakers Clipped Together
Califone Portable Speakers Clipped Together
If you unclip the two halves, you have two open-baffle boxes, each with a long lamp cord for connecting to an amplifier.



Califone Portable Speakers With Open Baffles
Califone Portable Speakers With Open Baffles
Here are the two GE S-1201D speakers removed from the baffles and ready for installation into the sound transformer:




Pair Of GE 1201A Speakers
Pair Of GE S-1201D Speakers
And here is the stereo sound transformer with the GE S-1201D speakers installed.  The amplifier is an old Pioneer SX-4 receiver.


Stereo Sound Transformer With GE1201A Speakers
Stereo Sound Transformer With GE1201A Speakers
Here is a vintage setup if there ever was one:  speakers from the 1950s and a pair of bass horns based on 100-year-old technology.




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