The Western Electric 16a!


What a colorful scenery at our friend Timothy Gurney with his Western Electric 16a speaker. Timothy writes: “My 16a is from 1929 when it was installed in Pennsylvania. It was then taken down circa 1970 to storage. From that storage it found a European home back in early 2000.”

“The 16a was only designed that way to comply to the physical constraints of multi purpose theatres. What happened is that those constraints led to a beautiful industrial object. Replicas are made of these today yet they just cannot replicate the sheer beauty of an original that beyond the marks of time offers a very singular thing.

The 16a rings and sings full of colorations and really can only kind of work okay on certain types of music.”