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A listening room built in 1939
« on: January 22, 2018, 04:30:48 PM »
A month or so ago, I mentioned that a friend in Bishopscourt lived in a house built in 1939 by a Dutch builder who was keen on music, both small orchestras and recorded music.  The main room is about 12m x 6m and is partially open on 3 sides (and you can open glass doors to the garden if required), as can be seen from the last picture which looks back into the entrance hall

The tiles on the ceiling were made in Holland in 1938 and consist of rolled compressed wool with some kind of fixative.  Each tile may be unclipped from the batten by moving it up so you can gain access to a swivel clip that slots into a grooved rail which is turn is affixed to a roof batten.  The tiles are about 120mm thick.  There is a box of 4 spares in the garage, still wrapped in green grease-proof paper, tied with string "Wollen isolatietegels" is stamped on the crate

You can see a pair of Magneplanar's lurking at each side.  There is 1 inch steel conduit leading from each speaker to the equipment cabinet which is behind the left hand panel in the top picture (the one with 2 dark brown prints on it).  Whoever thought of this in 1939 was looking ahead




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Re: A listening room built in 1939
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2018, 04:37:34 PM »
Those tiles have lasted well, they look like they were put in yesterday.  Very impressive.
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Re: A listening room built in 1939
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2018, 06:10:18 PM »
Verry nice!
Build quality was something else those day's .
Especially if you compare electrical installations to today's.
Are those  magneplanar mg2bs?
Also did you manage to peak at the other equipment?
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Re: A listening room built in 1939
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2018, 06:13:26 PM »
Those tiles have lasted well, they look like they were put in yesterday.  Very impressive.

I agree - looks excellent

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Re: A listening room built in 1939
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2018, 07:20:00 PM »
Shamil is currently repairing the B&O amplifier

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Re: A listening room built in 1939
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2018, 08:49:06 PM »
That is a nice size room. The tiles look great.

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Re: A listening room built in 1939
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2018, 11:17:03 AM »
Yes it still looks great, almost 80 years later !!

The large % glass surfaces must present a challenge.