Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Backstage with Barenaked Ladies and Wavelength Audio

We were excited to learn that one of our Original Equipment Manufacturers, Wavelength Audio, supplies the amps for the band Barenaked Ladies.

Well, I should say Rosie was super excited. She had to explain to dear old pop what the band is known for. (In case you don't recognize the band name but have kids who listened to pop music in the 1990s, check out this video. You just might know the song.)

Although J. Gordon Rankin of Wavelength Audio is "not at all a fan of Push Pull Amplifiers," he was asked by the Barenaked Ladies to create a version of the Fender Deluxe 5E3. "Yea I know this is nothing like it and for sure I will never copy anything someone does," Gordon wrote on the Audio Asylum forum. "Why? they probably got it wrong in the first place."

Here are the specs for the Wavelength Small Block amp pictured above: "This is a hyper-pinstripped output transformer, PP-6V6, EXO-173 phase splitter, 6072A input, 6FQ7 into the EXO-173, full tone stack and master volume. Kicks out clean to about 15-18W, really killer sound."

Thanks to Gordon for sharing this on the forum and for posting the picture above.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

In the Shop: Building MQ451s

Today, Rosie stacked a pair of MQ 451s. (This particular pair is 120 watts, 2200 ohms primary impedance and 4, 8, 16 ohm secondaries.) The blueing on the lams is a cool result of the annealing process. 

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Glamour Shot: Dowdy 60 mils

Isn't this Dowdy 60 mils with brass bell ends just beautiful? We love the combination of black and gold.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Ready to Ship: RS500s Heading to Japan

Today, in the shop, we're getting ready to ship RS500s to Japan. Each pair is tightly matched for winding resistances. Hence we mark each box with a unique symbol so that the two remain together.

Currently, this transformer is export-only. How many of you would kill to get your hands on a pair of RS500s?

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

In the Shop: Cathode Chokes and Outputs Drying Post-Varnish

Cathode chokes and outputs drying off after being varnished. You'll see pictured three pairs of EXO-36s.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

In the Shop: Rosie Builds her First EXO-99s!

Today, Rosie built her first pair of EXO-99s, and signed both pieces. This inaugural pair of plate chokes will be going to George Lenz at

Rosie, looking pensive.

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