...acquired in Tokyo in 1963 while on a concert tour of Asia. My parents were expecting their first brat... ...me. The camera originally came with a tripod, self timer and light meter. Apparently this little brat destroyed the light meter which eventually got lost..
Family picture ca. '68 ca. '79 Dad taught me the basics of photography on this Penta J with the aid of a 'Sunny 16' guide found in film boxes. More pictures taken by my dad My parents on their 50th Anniversary, December '08
Cast of characters
Lin - classic speaker guru par excellance and Rofiel - mono aficonado
Rofiel found this Jensen M10 field coil 13" driver (OEM WE TA4151 - more info) stashed in an ancient garage 120 kms. away from Manila
I revived the tube rectified power supply with fresh Sprague ATOM capacitors. Since original replacement cones are unavailable, we took it to Lin for restoration.
The result of Lin's...
To augment the top end, we added a phenolic diaphragm'ed Jensen RP103 alnico horn tweeter through a simple DIY crossover
Rofiel designed a Klangfilm inspired open baffle using phenolic plywood with piano hinged wings to maximize bass yet convenient transport.
Mono front end: Rek O Kut B12H
Tonearms: Velvet Touch viscous damped + GE RPX LP stylus (right), Argonne 10" viscous damped + GE VRII LP stylus (center back)
Pickering 190 + GE RPX 78 stylus (left) JEL Mono preamp
with variable EQ
JEL mono amps SE2A3dx or SE410dx
Work in progress....
No hub caps, out on a test drive after steering rack and swivel joints were replaced
My objective is to remain faithful to the original design and keep it as classic as possible!
...one of my favorite lens test subjects ;)
Manufactured by Sankyo Kohki Japan which ceased operations in the early 80s. This particular lens was supposedly made only for one year, 1963. If there are other users of this lens out there please say hello. First shot as soon as I got out of this antique shop LRT II, Manila '08 Shanghai Shanghai Shanghai More W-Komura 36/1.8 pics