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Re: [Rollei] OT: Re: What did you do in the war? (long)

At 04:51 PM 5/19/2003 -0700, you wrote:
>  Avery Fisher, the founder of the company who made these is
>the man the concert hall in N.Y. is named after.
>   I have some Fisher tube stuff dating from the original
>company. Like Marantz, Fisher sold out to interests which
>very substantially lowered the quality of the products.
>   As we know from Rollei trade marks have value established
>from association with an initially premium quality product.
>Later use often does not live up to the original. Fisher,
>Marantz, MacIntosh, even JBL, were all more or less cottage
>industries when "HI-FI" started.
>Richard Knoppow
>Los Angeles, CA, USA

As long as we are so off-topic, does anyone know who invented the paper 
cone loudspeaker?

Answer: Norman Ricker, at Western Electric, before he came to the Physics 
Staff at the University of Oklahoma.  He used stiff drafting paper, and his 
basic design is still used today.  He did it because the music which was 
being piped to the labs at Western Electric had no high tones, and he 
wanted something better.

On another related, but still off-topic subject, some recent email 
exchanges (within the past couple of years I think) seem to indicate that 
Shure and Telex are family business in the more-or-less traditional sense 
of the word.  [Telex makes those headsets you see the coaching staff wear 
at the NFL games, some with a Motorola Logo, now some with a Sprint logo.]

Don Williams
La Jolla, CA