Hello World!

31 05 2010

The top source of visitors to this site has emerged as Los Angeles in the United States, which has recently nosed ahead in a tight race between the major metropolitan areas of America.

The top Canadian locations are a three way tie between Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver while Central America sees Mexico City and Guadalajara in Mexico and the Costa Rican city of San Jose all fighting for the lead.

South America is championed at the moment by Buenos Aires, Argentina while Europe, in a tight race, is co-led by the English cities of London, Manchester, and Liverpool, Finland’s capital of Helsinki, France’s Paris, Essen/Dortmund in Germany and the Dutch city of Amsterdam.

South Africa’s Cape Town and Johannesburg are neck and neck in Africa while Melbourne is the top Australian source and Tokyo, Japan  is the top hit generator in Asia.

The site recently went over the 30,000 hits mark.





Another Go At The Orpheum 700

14 04 2009




Orpheum 700 Circuitry

23 03 2009

A real spaghetti junction!

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Point to point wiring.

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Just not all that orderly.

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Orpheum 700 Speaker

14 03 2009

When I pulled off the back of the Orpheum, I expected to find a Jensen speaker, as I’ve read they originally featured.

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But, as can be seen above, it was not to be!

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Researching the numbers, it appears that the speaker was made by The Best Company sometime in 1971, which makes it definitely a replacement speaker.

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Regardless of who made the speaker, it sounds great! It isn’t as smooth or as clean as a Jensen but in this case, that’s fine since I want a ratty blues grit coming out of the amp and the Best speaker delivers.

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I made another unexpected discovery when learning that one of the speaker wires is coming off the large electrolytic capacitator rather than both coming from the output transformer. This can be seen in the photo above as the leftmost cable of the pair of white wires heading off to the speaker.





Popping The Top On The Orpheum

8 03 2009

Time now to crack open the back of the Orpheum and see what lurks behind the 50 year old thin plywood.

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Three preamp valves guard the approaches to the tube bank; one Sovtek 7025, one blank ECC83 and one totally blank 12AX7.

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The output tubes are a pair of RCA 6V6GT valves and the rectifier is a RCA 5Y3GT. All the RCA tubes are marked “Radiotron Electron Tube”.

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Orpheum 700 In Photos

24 02 2009

1959 Orpheum 700

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Made in USA by Maurice Lipsky Music Co, NY, NY

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To find out more, go here https://dustyoldamp.wordpress.com/sightings/

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Orpheum 700 Video 3

16 02 2009

Have turned up the Orpheum to 3 for this one and tbh, can’t have it up any more in the house on account of neighbors and their strange desire for peace and tranquility. Doesn’t sound loud in the video but at 30 watts in a small room, it’s pretty hair-raising to sit right in front of the Orpheum.