PAIR ALTEC / LANSING ICONIC H-808 TAR-FILLED HORNS For Sale
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PAIR ALTEC / LANSING ICONIC H-808 TAR-FILLED HORNS:
Here's an opportunity for you to buy a pair of extremely rare and desirable horns. These were made by Lansing Sound Systems, or possibly Altec Lansing Co. Model number is H-808. They are 8-cell, 800 Hz horns, tar filled, and with solid brass throats. They're intended for use with small format drivers--originally they would have been used with either the Lansing 801 field coil driver or the Lansing 901 permanent magnet HF driver. Note that these two horns have some slight differences in the mounting arrangements, but that the horns themselves are of identical size and construction. One of the horns was most likely originally installed on a Lansing Iconic system, a two-way monitor speaker which dates from around 1936-41. In the photos, it's the horn with the smaller, three hole driver mounting flange. The other horn was probably part of a Lansing Sound Systems model 18-W-8 two-way theater stage speaker from the early 1940's, or (maybe) a very early Altec 800 system. It's the horn with the larger, two-hole driver mounting flange. Note that the later horn is also drilled for the earlier 3-hole type driver. BTW, I will also include a pair of solid brass adapter plates (one shown in photo) that allow later 2-bolt Altec drivers to attach to both horns. The adapters are precision machined out of 3/16" thick brass and do not interfere with the sound of the horns in any way.If you have them (I don't), you can bolt your Lansing 801 field coil high frequency drivers directly to both horns without modification. The three hole mounting also allows later JBL 1" drivers to like the D-175 or LE-175 bolt right on. If you have Altec 1" drivers like the 802B or 802D, with two mounting studs, you can bolt them on using the adapters.One of the terrific advantages of these horns is their small size. Very domestically acceptable. With your choice of woofer for the lows (Altec 416A or 515B, or JBL D130A), and these horns for the highs, you'll have a nice, reasonably sized, highly efficient two-way speaker system to show off your RCA 2A3 or Western Electric 300B Single-ended triode hi-fi amplifier. A note about matched pairs: These horns were made in very limited numbers and date from the late 1930's to maybe the early 1940's. That's twenty years or more before the advent of stereo. These horns were always installed in mono systems, because that's all there was. They were also all hand made, by craftsmen, in a small shop. It would be difficult if not impossible to find a matched pair for your stereo. I've personally seen 5 of these horns, and no two of them were exactly the same. The horn size and cell structure is exactly the same on this pair of horns. Everything else is details.These are genuine Lansing horns, BTW, and not cheap Stephens or Magnavox clones, which are slightly smaller and not nearly as well made (or as good sounding, BTW).I have included 12 photos so you can see what you're offerding on. If you need more photos, I have them--just ask.Note that there are TWO horns, so there will be TWO packages for shipping and hence TWO times the price on 's shipping calculator. Please wait for an invoice before paying. Shipment to anywhere will include tracking and insurance on this item. That may entail the use of EMS for some international shipments. I will not ship these without tracking, don't ask. Declared and insured value will be the amount of the winning offer. Thanks for looking.
On Sep-16-12 at 11:06:11 PDT, seller added the following information:
Edit: Above I referred to horns made by other manufacturers as 'cheap', which, as a conscientious -er notes, insinuates that the multicell horns made by Stephens or Magnavox are of poor quality. They are not. My point was only to call attention to the fact that the horns in this sale are genuine Lansing horns. (Some unscrupulous traders have been known to list the Stephens/Magnavox horns and incorrectly identify them as authentic Lansing horns.) Otherwise, I stand by my claim that the Lansing horns, as offered here, are better made and better sounding than those of other makers. If would let me, I'd just delete the word 'cheap' from the description, but that would require cancelling the sale and re-listing it with the edit. Not worth the trouble for such a trivial issue.
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