Yes he used these speakers but can anyone guess what they are?
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It looks absolutely identical to a Stephens speaker shown on page 73 of a 1960 Allied Radio catalog I have, except that it appears to be somewhat bigger. The driver is listed as an 8 inch Stephens model 80FR, and the cabinet as a Stephens model 816, measuring 24-1/2 x 15-3/4 x 11-3/4 inches. It was offered in a choice of mahogany, blonde, or walnut veneer. Perhaps the one shown is a similar model but for a 12 inch driver.
It is described as being a "ducted vent enclosure." In the photo Shadorne linked to you can see the shadow of what I assume is a vent, a few inches above the bottom. Although in the picture in my Allied catalog the lighting is such that you can't tell what is behind the grillcloth.
The amp on the floor, with the four knobs, looks like it is probably a Knight (Allied Radio's house brand), or possibly a Bell (which was a brand that Allied carried). He probably bought the whole system at an Allied Radio store.
Does anyone recognize the album covers??The album behind his head in the photo that Shadorne linked to is The Greatest Garner, by Erroll Garner, originally released in 1956.
Ironically, Erroll Garner's most famous composition was Misty, composed in 1954, which played a central role in the 1971 film "Play Misty for Me," starring and directed by Clint Eastwood.
Truman -- In my moderately extensive experience with vintage equipment of that period, I've never perceived any particular similarities between Knight amplifiers and those made by H. H. Scott.
Information on, and pictures of, the Scott stereo integrated amplifiers of that time, including the 222C, can be found here:
Allied Radio, btw, in addition to selling Knight products (their house brand), also sold equipment made by most of the leading manufacturers of that period, including (among makers of electronic components) Scott, Fisher, Marantz, Pilot, Bogen, Eico, Harman Kardon, McIntosh, Bell, Sherwood, Dynaco, etc.
OK guys look what I found..
the mystery speaker appears very much to be the "EV Aristocrat"
Xie -- No, I don't think so. There are several differences:
1)The EV has a horn near the top; the mystery speaker has a rectangular opening near the bottom.
2)The grillcloth is different, of course. Although grillcloths sometimes get changed over the years, the cloth on the EV appears to be original, as you can see by comparing to this catalog page.
3)Looking at the photo Shadorne linked to, it appears likely that the mystery speaker is rectangular as viewed from the top, while the EV is shaped for corner placement.
4)As Theo pointed out, the mystery speaker has something behind the grill near the upper right corner, while the EV does not.
Those are close, Shadorne, but no cigar (I believe). They both have the wood surfaces meeting without the 45 degree bevel that CE's speaker had. Also the wood of his speaker appears to be thicker than on the Tannoy's. The Lancaster has the driver mounted closer to the top than on CE's speaker, and the bottom cutout on the Devon is different.
My guess is still that it was a Stephens, similar to the model shown in my 1960 Allied Radio catalog but bigger. Stephens was a California company which made some well regarded speakers, some of which (although I'd assume not this one) were physically designed by the famous furniture designer Charles Eames.
So as a celebrity living in California, he figures to have been aware of the Stephens brand and its reputation. Considering that, and the fact that the rest of the system looks like it could very well have been purchased at an Allied store (which sold Stephens), that theory seems to me to hang together pretty well.
Just in case anybody wants to see it Eastwood did a really nice bio pic on Johnny Mercer which they showed on Turner Classic Movies.Has his young daughter from current marriage as ell as many well known singers and his son Kyle Eastwood who is a professional jazz bassist).
He also made Johnny Hartman a "star" (though any jazz fan worth there salt who didn't know about John Coltrane/Johnny Hartman wasn't worth their salt-followed up by a the other fine Impulse LP "I Just Dropped By To Say hello with Illinois Jacquet.Every LP he did other than two early 70's LP's on Perception are worth checking out especially after 1960 where his "own voice came in).He bought rights to an OOP Hartman LP "One In A Life" and put it on the S.T of "Bridges of Madison County" and what cuts not used (as other musicians and singers are on it) is on "Remembering Madison Co." which is also worth picking up.
Other than that he has had long relationship with West Coast pro Bud Shank who has done the music for a number of films.Clint has been a long time jazzz fan since he was 17 and saw Charlie Parker.But like Brit folk cult Nick Drake artist became huge when his tune "Fruit Tree" in a VW commercial Eastwood should be thanked by anyone who thought Johnny Hartman was one of the greatest jazz singers ever and through Eastwood's film he became a star.Funny Blue Note recoded one Tina Brooks LP and kept 3 others in the can because of poor sales.Brooks appeared on a few other house sessions for Jimmy Smith and Kenny Burell (and wrote all and played on what maybe Freddie Hubbard's best Blue Note LP "Open Sesame") but until Mosaic came out with his complete 4 Lp box set.But he died broke and desolate because he didn't "make it" now he is a star.Of course the Cognoscenti were shelling out big bucks for the Brooks "True Blue" LP but now everybody knows him.Sad commentary on what exposure takes.but jazz fans should thank Clint Eastwood for being a booster and fan himself.