For Sale: A bit of Sherwood History S-4400 and S-360 combo

July 9th, 2014

In the mid 1950’s – the early days of HIFI – Sherwood Electronics Laboratories Sherwood, was founded Chicago, IL, USA to manufacture an audio amplifier which was designed by the legendary audio engineer Ed Miller. He and his Partner John Snow created a company which became famous for excellent audio equipment. Miller had already made his mark nine years earlier, at the age of twenty-five, at Radio Craftsmen – a manufacturer of truly classic components, though the name is virtually unknown to current audiophiles of less than middle age. It was there that he solved the “drift problem” then plaguing FM tuners by introducing an automatic frequency control into the circuit. The basic idea behind AFC was already in the engineering textbooks, but he was the first to incorporate it into an FM tuner.

When record companies started to produce stereophonic recordings, many HFI fans were faced with a dilemma about how to upgrade. In 1960 Sherwood produced the S-4400. A unique product that incorporated a stereo preamplifier and a single power amplifier. The also produced a stand-alone companion amplifier that was identical to the on-board amp of the S-4400. This allowed one to use their existing power amplifier to achieve stereo reproduction or buy an entire package.

Here is a catalog entry from the 1962 Airex catalog:

You have a chance to own a piece of audiophile history!

On offer is an S-4400 and S-360 combination, all original with it’s original tubes, a pair of Mullard 5AR4s, an octet of Made in Holland 7189s and European 12AX7.

All in proper working order.

 

$1000 USD FOB Detroit, MI

For further information please email

Foodies ?

April 10th, 2014

I love stuff that doesn’t plug in.
This thing looks fun.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GRIR87M?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B00GRIR87M&linkCode=xm2&tag=frankboffey

Essential Vinyl

December 27th, 2013

If you don’t have Take 5 in your collection, you’re missing out. Dave Brubeck was one of the most active and popular musicians in both the jazz and classical worlds. With a career that spanned over six decades, his experiments in odd time signatures, improvised counterpoint, polyrhythm and polytonality remain hallmarks of innovation.

West Coast Seattle Boy:The Jimi Hendrix Anthology (8LP Box)

December 17th, 2013

This 8LP collection tracks Jimi s incredible journey from R&B sideman to international acclaim.

This collection presents for the first time the most sought after of Jimi s pre-Experience recordings as a sideman for such Rhythm & Blues stars as The Isley Brothers, Don Covay, Little Richard and others. All of the misinformation and fake purported to feature Hendrix are swept aside for fans.

The LPs feature previously unreleased and commercially unavailable studio recordings from every chapter of his career, live recordings with the Experience and Band Of Gypsys spanning 1967 through 1970.

The studio recordings include never before released [or even bootlegged!] alternate versions of such classic fare as Are You Experienced, Fire, May This Be Love, Love Or Confusion and many more. In addition, new songs such as Hear My Freedom, Hound Dog Blues and Lonely Avenue make their debut as part of this special collection.

To provide further insight and understanding into Hendrix s creative development, WCSB presents acoustic and electric home recordings of Electric Ladyland signature songs such as Long Hot Summer Night, 1983 (A Merman I Shall Turn To Be), as well as My Friend and Angel later featured as part of First Rays Of The New Rising Sun. WCSB also features another major revelation an electric demo version of Bob Dylan s Tears Of Rage .

WCSB also features a previously unreleased version of Everlasting First, Jimi s 1970 celebrated collaboration with Arthur Lee & Love, an unheard 1967 studio session with Traffic s Dave Mason as well as an expanded presentation of Jimi s legendary session with jazz organist Larry Young.

Four hours of rare and previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix.

Lost Johhny Cash Album to be released

December 15th, 2013

Out Among the Stars – Johnny Cash

The world will get a new Johnny Cash album on March 25 with Out Among the Stars which includes twelve recently discovered studio recordings.

The tapes used for the release are from a 1981 session recorded at Columbia Studios in Nashville and a 1984 session at 1111 Sound Studios, both of which were produced by Billy Sherrill.

Backing Cash was a young Marty Stuart on guitar and mandolin and Nashville A-Team members Jerry Kennedy (guitar), Pete Drake (steel guitar), Hargus “Pig” Robbins (piano) and Henry Strzelecki (bass). The album also includes duets with Cash’s wife, June Carter Cash, and close friend Waylon Jennings.

The recordings, which are not demos, outtakes or alternate versions, first surfaced in 2012, when John Carter Cash, along with the Cash experts at Legacy, were cataloging his father’s and mother’s exhaustive archives in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and at the Sony Music Archives. “When my parents passed away, it became necessary to go through this material,” he says. “We found these recordings that were produced by Billy Sherrill in the early 1980s … they were beautiful.”

John Carter Cash, along with co-producer and archivist Steve Berkowitz, enlisted Marty Stuart, Buddy Miller and Carlene Carter, as well as other master musicians, to collaborate in restoring the album at the Cash Cabin Studios in Hendersonville, TN.

Track List:

Out Among The Stars
Baby Ride Easy (duet with June Carter Cash)
She Used To Love Me A Lot
After All
I’m Movin’ On (duet with Waylon Jennings)
If I Told You Who It Was
Call Your Mother
I Drove Her Out Of My Mind
Tennessee
Rock and Roll Shoes
Don’t You Think It’s Come Our Time (duet with June Carter Cash)
I Came To Believe

Dire Straits vinyl box set

November 12th, 2013

News
Dire Straits / The Complete Studio Albums 1978-1991 vinyl box

Universal Music will issue a Dire Straits vinyl box set in November.

The Complete Studio Albums 1978-1991 will deliver all six of the band’s studio long players on 180g vinyl, starting with their superb eponymous debut, working through to the commercial high of 1985′s Brothers In Arms before signing off with On Every Street from 1991. All have been newly remastered by engineer Bob Ludwig.

Significantly, for the first time, all the albums will adopt the running order and timings of the original CD releases. So for example, all the full length versions of tracks from Brothers In Arms will be on a double LP version within this set (On Every Street is also a double).

This limited edition box features restored artwork for all the albums, and comes packaged in an attractive box set slipcase. It also comes with MP3 download codes for all music.

Rumpelmeßkoppler ? Now here’s something you don’t see too often

August 17th, 2011

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Eico AF-4 Amplifier SOLD

September 27th, 2009

This AF-4 has a new home in Shanghai, China! . This is a single ended (pentode) EL-84. A nice example with reasonable wear for it’s age. The power knob is a replacement, all others original. The original speaker plugs are included with pigtails on the 8 ohm taps, there are provisions for 4,8,16 and 32 ohm taps.

The amplifier has just been serviced, and out of spec components replaced.  The switches and controls have been cleaned and lubed. All the inputs and outputs function properly. The amplifier has been found to be in good working condition. Due to normal wear and age, there are some components that may need replacment at some point later in time. Note this is NOT the AF-4 seen in a previous post (LAZARUS). The high voltage on the external preamp power plug has been internally disconnected to preclude acidentally damaging a speaker should one be accidentally plugged in.

Included is a full compement of new tubes:

2 NOS Reflector 6П14П-ЕВ output tubes (Known for their low noise and durability)
2 New 12DW7 / ECC832 JJ Tesla Cryo Treated
1 New EZ81/6CA4 rectifier JJ Tesla Cryo Treated

 

 

Eico AF-4

Vaccum Tube thumb drive

August 1st, 2009

Make your laptop look a little retro.

http://cf14industries.googlepages.com/vacumetubejumpdrive

Vintage ideas getting a lot of word play

July 29th, 2009

Susan Leak has an article on record collecting in the Birminham Examiner “Music 101 – A look at vinyl record collectors”
http://www.examiner.com/x-10086-Birmingham-Music-Examiner~y2009m7d24-Music-101–A-look-at-vinyl-record-collectors

Adam Frucci writes about marrying old and new technology:
http://dvice.com/archives/2009/07/vacuum-tubes-fo.php

I’ve found the combination of lossless files married to tube gear by a Squeezebox to be a musically pleasing and very conveinient way of listening in the 21st century, and there are plenty of tweaks for those whose hobby trancends plug and play.

I do still love vinyl, the dynamics and the experience of the ritual are equally important but it’s tough to change a record when you’re elbow deep in a project.