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I have this poster in my studio and I got to wondering...

 

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v429/mwestenberg/blownawaybig.jpg

 

...what music is this guy listening to and what kind of speakers are those? My guess is Miles Davis and Marantz.

 

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Originally posted by Odyssian:

Going by the speakers grills, I'd say they're Fishers or Zeniths. Judging by the tie, I'd say it's Led Zep. :D

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Yeah, I remembered it as a Maxell ad too but JBL is interesting. I wonder if anyone has the definitive answer... It sort of has a New York vibe to it , thinkin' lofts, martinis, Andy Warhol, that chair, maybe something a little less rock 'n' roll and more jazz. :D I dunno.

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Originally posted by mwestenberg:

...what music is this guy listening to and what kind of speakers are those? My guess is Miles Davis and Marantz.

 

The speakers are definitely JBL C100's from about 1975. My guess for the music would be Led Zep also. :D
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In the Maxell advert, it was Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyrie."

 

Before the famous photo he is stiing there in that chair like that... his butler comes by with a tray of music... he selects something with a barely audible grunt the might be "this" or "this one..." the butler walks off-scene, the music starts, and then the wind begins... the drink starts to slid, and he puts his hand out at just the right moment to catch it...

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Originally posted by zeronyne:

I think it's best known as a Maxell ad.

 

They even replicated it in a TV spot, but he very subtly stops the drink from toppling.

Bingo! I believe that would be correct. :thu:

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And the music was indeed Ride of the Valkyrie.

Originally posted by Jotown:

Originally posted by zeronyne:

I think it's best known as a Maxell ad.

 

They even replicated it in a TV spot, but he very subtly stops the drink from toppling.

Bingo! I believe that would be correct. :thu:

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The pictured speakers are JBL's, I would agree.

http://international.jbl.com/home/history/images/century100.jpg

JBL history

 

There was a JBL. James B. Lansing He did not live to see the successful JBL of the '70s Real Lansing history. gifts, innovation. despair. [edit]client: Maxell

agency: Scali McCabe Sloves

Art director: Lars Anderson [/edit]

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Well... we can vector the target audience from the style... long hair but tie and oxfords, leather jacket, looks like. Definitely not hippy. The martini glass clinches the proto-yuppie orientation, as does the cube end table and moderne lamp.

 

It's funny, as iconic as that ad graphic is, I can't remember who it's an advert for, despite the fact that it was on the back of several magazines in my permanent collection (the articles, the articles, it's all about the articles).

 

Ah...

 

I just went through and read the other posts in the thread.

 

It is Maxell. I remember now. I remember thinking that it would have been a better graphic for speakers or maybe amplifiers, since you don't necessarily equate raw sonic power with 'hiqh quality' tape (Maxell was positioned to be the 'Cadillac' of consumer tape).

 

Anyhow, I'm thinking, assuming a mid-70's milieu, that they're JBL speakers -- but they could just as easily be the boomy, harsh 'high end' speakers the old stereo chains used to stick overinflated 'list prices' on and sell in package deals with receivers from Fischer, Marantz, Scott, etc.

 

I'm figuring, from the look of the guy, he's listening to Stones or Steely Dan -- but, if you go by the blown away look, I think you'd have to say Motorhead.

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Originally posted by Cereal:

no no no no no....

 

wasn't that the memorex ad? "is it real or is it memorex"

Definitely Maxell ...

 

Originally posted by AlChuck:

he selects something with a barely audible grunt the might be "this" or "this one..."

IIRC, in the commercial, it started with no music playing. The butler said "Again, sir?" and the guy softly replied "Please..."

 

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The Memorex ad featured Ella Fitzgerald (who else??) using her voice to shatter a glass.

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Originally posted by GeorgeVW:

Although it's almost certainly a JBL, didn't the old BIC Venturi speakers also have a similar foam grill?

Yes. The BICs and many other speakers of that era had foam grilles, and most consumer speakers had foam surrounds (the flexible part that connects the woofer to the frame). None of those grilles or surrounds are around today because they all deteriorated. They all deteriorated because the manufacturers didn't plan for UV, which destroyed the foam over a 15 year lifespan; a tiny bit of nickel in the foam fixed that - too little too late.
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