November 2008 - Posts
To get everyone in the mood for tomorrow, let's take a look back at Dwight's visit with forum member Iain (seti) last Thanksgiving. Here you can see two lovely birds posing for the camera. Be sure to view the carnage that followed a mere few hours later.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
It was a close one, but congrats to BigStewMan! Although never a used car salesman, Paul definitely had a knack for the sales side of business. The Klipschorns obviously have a "voice" of their own, but it was Paul who made sure they were heard.
Photo of our building at 6 pm last Friday night, view from I-465. No, I don't take photos while I'm driving -- this was taken in a traffic jam at full-stop. Took me almost an hour to go 3 miles, so I had some time to kill. Might as well make it useful. I was going to get out and set up the tripod, but I thought I'd get some funny looks.
Thanks go out again to my guest blogger, Iain.
To appreciate this speaker lets look at some
1946: Klipsch and Associates was
Early 1947: The first production run of 12 units (S/N 2 -
13) were built to Paul's specifications by the Baldwin Piano & Organ Company
of Cincinnati Ohio. The high frequency driver in these was the WE713A. At least
one of the woofers was a JBL.
Late 1947 - Early 1948: Seven more
(S/N 14-20) were built by hand in a local cabinet shop. Paul recalls that no
more than two were alike. It was during these "experiments" that the LF horn's
"sinus" cavities were added to the woofer's back air chamber to maximize
acoustic capacitance. Component Designations: High frequency Western Electric
713A, Woofer unknown.
June 1st, 1948: The first Klipschorn to be built
in the first actual Klipsch factory was S/N 121. The building was formerly the
telephone exchange building for the Southwest Proving Grounds and is currently
the Klipsch Museum of Audio History. Component Designations: The early
production logs (1949) first make reference to the use of the Jensen P-15-LL
woofer. The production log makes reference to a total of 26 Klipschorns built
It looks like this was 20th Klipschorn made in the first
Klipsch factory which is actually the Klipsch Museum of Audio History. This was
also a special order.
It amazes me how traits can get passed down from generation to generation, virtually unchanged. Years ago, my mom told me that she believes I have an "old soul." At the time I wasn't sure what she meant, but I think I understand now. It's the eyes, which Steven got from me, which were my dad's. I'm pretty sure he got them from my grandma. So when I look at him close enough, it seems as though he's looking through our collective past. I think that's maybe what my mom meant. Or maybe she just meant that I was a fuddy-duddy even way back then.
Either way, I find it very cute that sometimes I catch Steven staring at me, and when I ask him if I have something on my face, he'll say in his wise-voice which always surprises me, "We have Grammpa's eyes."
Funniest or most clever entry in the comments section wins a Klipsch-prize:
Today's guest blogger is Iain, aka seti, a four and a half year Klipsch forum member from Arkansas with over 4800 informative, helpful, and occasionally whimsical posts.
This is a Klipschorn that I get asked about very often. I have tried to find more information regarding its history and current location but haven't learned anything new. According to Jim Hunter it was a custom Klipschorn enclosure built in Sante Fe, NM. The enclosure was not made by Klipsch, and was in the early days of the company when they were largely decorator. If you wanted them to look nice you hired someone to make them fit into your homes decor. If this is what their Klipschorn looked like just image what the rest of their home was like!
If anyone has additional information please pass it along. This photo is just a small portion of a large poster in the factory museum at Hope, AR.
Don't miss this one, for the music-lover in your life: For 2 weeks only, get our top 3 Klipsch in-ear headphones for half off -- just enter the incredibly clever "half off" coupon code at checkout. My personal recommendation? I have the Image X10 model, because they are the only things I can stand to have in my ear since my canals are freakishly tiny. It speaks volumes toward the comfort of these things, since I've never been able to use this style of headphone. Ever.
Oh, and they sound pretty gosh-darn good too.
Deal ends November 30th--just in time to recover from eating too much turkey.
Although there are many excellent entries, I keep coming back to this one... It must be the way Paul is leaning over this fellow (apparently named "Bill"), and indeed looking as though he is staring directly at his eyebrows. Nicely done, fini.
Look for another opportunity to win this week!
The holidays are a crazy time for me since I manage our klipsch.com sales as well as eBay auctions. But don't despair, I will still try to do my best to get a picture posted every day. (Holiday tip: be sure to check the eBay site frequently in the weeks to come...I have some cool Klipsch items to list)
If anyone would like to volunteer to be a guest blogger, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. I think it would be fun to hear the customer-side of Klipsch once in a while!
In the meantime, here is a classic photo of our Klipschorn-based 3-channel set up. The sign in the middle:
"New Center Channel System for
three channel stereo; also
may be used in corner
As Yet it is Unnamed
In March, I shared with you our method for taking ground plane measurements, with Trey demonstrating a-la a Price is Right Girl on a not-yet-announced speaker. It's ok to reveal now it was the Icon WB-14 bookshelf speaker, which is neither here nor there, I just thought this was a neat picture. And a reminder of the cold, snowy bare-treed months to come.
Funniest or most clever entry in the comments section wins a Klipsch-prize:
Winner chosen at sole discretion of Amy.
...90 years ago today, the Armistice Treaty effectively ended WWI. Today, we call it Veteran's Day.
A few weeks ago, I poked fun at one of our engineers for wearing two different colored shoes to work. Back in February, I gave this same engineer a hard time for being featured in one of our headphone ads for Rolling Stone magazine. Over the past few months, he's been hassled for his Grizzly Adams-ish look, enduring several jokes at his expense--like the idea that he should register the site www.ILookLikeJesus.com.
Last week he came to work looking like his old self, completely shorn of his locks. Before I could get two words out of my smart-aleck mouth, he derailed me by quietly saying he shipped his hair to Locks of Love, an organization that provides hairpieces to needy children suffering from medical hair loss.
It just goes to show, some of the nicest people are walking the earth right next to us, and we don't even know it.
One of the benefits of working at Klipsch is how well they look after our health. Not only does it benefit the company through healthcare costs, but also through less absenteeism. For example, Klipsch has provided a very nice gym facility downstairs complete with a wonderful consultant and trainer, available to employees at minimal cost. We are provided with incentives to get into shape, quit smoking, lose weight, and participate in corporate events promoting physical activity.
Every 6 months or so, we are given an optional free health screening, which analyzes our physical condition, tells us what we need to work on and monitors our progress as time goes by. After the last screening, we were given the handy-dandy booklet seen here, which is a summary of most any fast food restaurant's menu you can think of (available free from their website). The green highlighted foods are ok to eat, yellow = eat sparingly, and red = "whatever you do, don't let your lips touch this food."
The page on the left is the tail end of the KFC menu. The one on the right--Krispy Kreme. Drat!
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