Click pic to enlarge. Top: WE133; bottom，pair of WE124B.
Western Electric, Mount Everest, Part II
Western Electric 124B Power Amplifiers, Part I
Previously I had written about my WE133A experience, surely one of the summits of my audio experience. By chance, just the other day I was able to buy a pair of professionally restored WE124B in good condition. I lugged it home during a typhoon downpour! How's that for dedication!
The WE124 series was in production for a long time and is WE's best known model. Hence there is more information on the web than the 133A. I shall not write much here as my friend Francis has written quite a bit on it in his website and Blog. Here are just some useful bits:
History of WE124
Some photos of WE124
He finally got his WE124B
My pair is without input transformers, a humble later pair with grey transformers. Those who would like to see the schematic can download it here.
Some think vintage audio sounds somewhat vague and overly rich. As I said before, not the case with WE. Here is a short youtube clip of Francis' WE124B. Even through the computer you can hear the sound is very clear and musical:
Next I shall try it out with WE tubes.
Here are some interesting additional links:
WE124A brochure /manual
Good pics of WE124C
Restoration of WE124 in Chinese (梁文光)