I’ve always lusted after Industrial La Scalas. I bought a pair that were lovingly cared for but was reminded why I didn’t keep any if the La Scalas that have come home with me. The mid horn nearly caused blood to drop from my ear. Feeling more ambitious I called. I called up Dave from Fastlane audio and Al from ALK engineering, with the goal of turning the La Scala’s into two ways with serious fidelity. Out went the original crossovers, horns, and drivers. In their stead an Fastlane Eliptrac Trac 400 was stuffed into place. It was paired with a B&C 750 and ALK AP12-500. The original binding posts were reconditioned and wired with silver-plated Teflon and configured for the Klipsch style crossover. Tonight I spent the better part of three hours mounting the crossovers and sliding the Eliptracs and B&C 750s into the place. Lastly was configuring the crossover. Setting the tap on the autoformer, lIstening, and re-listening. The end result is one of the most accomplished horn loaded systems’ I’ve heard. Faster than a cornscala, with a larger soundstage; but lacking the same bass articulation. The Real magic is Dave’s horns, Al’s crossovers and modern 2 inch compression drivers.
Recommended for anyone looking for an endgame tube amp with some midrange magic and transient mojo.
AudioExpress RMAF 2016 – ampsandsound coverage Ampsandsound from Southern California (www.ampsandsound.com) teamed up with North California Sonic Studios to show their latest, hand-built hollow-state designs, the $3,600 Agartha and the $1,850 Leeloo combination amps. The former pairs a 6SL7 up front with an overspec’d power supply and 300b triode on output. The latter is both headphone and power amp,using a 12AX7 or equivalent for input (see Photo 8). With a pair of EL-84s out to deliver 2.6 W into an 8 Ω speaker, little Leeloo will also drive a 32 Ω headphone with a dead quiet 1 W of hollow-state […]