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Title: Man Builds Working 1/6 Replica of the Dead's Wall of Sound PA
Post by: John Schalk on April 12, 2021, 09:56:42 am
In yesterday's Wall Street Journal there was a story about Anthony Coscia's pandemic project which was to build a working model of the Grateful Dead's Wall of Sound PA from 1974.  I'll include a link to the story, but it might be behind a pay wall.  However, the story includes some terrific photos of the system from one of the band's roadies, and there are a bunch more photos on his website that can be viewed and purchased.

Richard Pechner:
https://www.rpechner.com/Music/Grateful-Dead/i-nVKqM2b

Link to WSJ Story:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/grateful-deads-wall-of-sound-lives-again-in-some-dudes-basement-11618161994?mod=hp_featst_pos5
Title: Re: Man Builds Working 1/6 Replica of the Dead's Wall of Sound PA
Post by: Jim McKeveny on April 12, 2021, 11:42:15 am
I'd be interested in 1/6 scale McIntosh 2300's..
Title: Re: Man Builds Working 1/6 Replica of the Dead's Wall of Sound PA
Post by: Patrick Tracy on April 12, 2021, 07:22:26 pm
Yep, paywall. I'd like to know if he made working 1:6 scale B&K differential mics.
Title: Re: Man Builds Working 1/6 Replica of the Dead's Wall of Sound PA
Post by: Riley Casey on April 12, 2021, 08:37:46 pm
If you're on Facebook he's been posting about his build process for a while now.

https://www.facebook.com/Petite-Mur-De-Son-Mini-Wall-of-Sound-166744631760798/


Yep, paywall. I'd like to know if he made working 1:6 scale B&K differential mics.
Title: Re: Man Builds Working 1/6 Replica of the Dead's Wall of Sound PA
Post by: John L Nobile on April 13, 2021, 10:23:04 am
Why?
Title: Re: Man Builds Working 1/6 Replica of the Dead's Wall of Sound PA
Post by: Keith Broughton on April 14, 2021, 07:23:40 am
Why?
Same reason people climb mountains...'cause they can! Doesn't mean it's a good idea...  ;D
What a PITA that (full size)system would have been for setup. No wonder it only lasted a year.
Title: Re: Man Builds Working 1/6 Replica of the Dead's Wall of Sound PA
Post by: Ivan Beaver on April 14, 2021, 08:07:40 am
Same reason people climb mountains...'cause they can! Doesn't mean it's a good idea...  ;D
What a PITA that (full size)system would have been for setup. No wonder it only lasted a year.
I think they only did 34 or 36 shows with it.

Strange how few shows, yet it is probably the most famous sound system.

At the Watkins Glen festival, they split it up into a standard PA so other bands could use it.  But they had multiple delays to get the sound to the back. 
Title: Re: Man Builds Working 1/6 Replica of the Dead's Wall of Sound PA
Post by: Scott (Abrahamson) on April 14, 2021, 06:24:42 pm
I saw them at the Iowa Jam June of 74. They had problems with the system the first set and had no vocals out front. They got it sorted out and the rest of the show sounded great.  I had never seen so much gear in one place before.