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Ultra-large speakers and “Umibe no Chigusa”

超特大スピーカーと“海辺のちぐさ”

I'm immersed in jazz tonight
File.4 Speakers manufactured by Electric Research Products
Mayuko Niimura (Jazz Cafe Chigusa)

Chigusa houses a special speaker designed in the 1970s. Since the tweeter and amplifier are also made, there are many audiophile customers who come all the way from far away to listen to " Chigusa 's sound". The 4-way multi-amplifier system, which can be said to be the ideal audio system, is characterized by the rich and deep record sound that is comparable to that of a vacuum tube amplifier.
However, this method cannot be mastered without patience and considerable system knowledge. After resuming Chigusa , the problem of "sound is muffled" continued several times, and I was worried. He calmed down and managed to keep himself in a good mood, but in 2016 he decided to undergo major surgery. Since then, it has become possible to stably provide " Chigusa 's sound".

Many of Chigusa 's regular customers have worked for many years as audio engineers for major media companies and audio equipment manufacturers. When I listen to their stories, I often think that the whole house is like a sound system, and I imagine that they have a considerable number of records.

A hot topic in recent years is the destination of "treasures" such as records and audio equipment. There are many elderly people, and over the past few years, there has been an increase in the number of consultations saying, "I'd like to sort out the things I've collected soon, so can you pick them up at Chigusa ?"
What caught my eye was the extra-large 160 cm square speaker, which was bigger than Chigusa 's speaker. Since there is a limit to the size of the 10 tsubo store in Noge, I was wondering what I could do about it.

The place is a 30-year-old log cabin near Kannonzaki, about 20 minutes by bus from Keikyu Miurakaigan Station. It's a property owned by someone related to Chigusa , and it hasn't been used for a long time. In addition, the "Seaside Chigusa" plan is raised because it is a waste to just make it a warehouse. The idea was to turn the whole log cabin into a jazz café.

The extra-large speaker that was pushed into the log cabin was made in America. It belongs to Electric Research Products, a company founded in 1928 as a company dealing in talkie equipment for studios and theaters. It is the predecessor of Altec. True to its name as a broadband loudspeaker, it maintained clear sound even at movie theater-level loudspeakers, and was also used for military broadcasting.
Even though the one I received was for home use, it was still quite large. There is also a horn. A horn concentrates the energy of sound and delivers sound to a distant listener more efficiently. There are no private houses around, and you can walk to the sea for about 30 seconds. It is an environment where no one complains no matter how loud the volume is.

I want to ring it soon. I wonder what the taste of the daikon radish that grew up listening to the jazz that came from the horn would be like...?

Noge Chigusa speaker and Umibe no Chigusa speaker. A new jazz story is about to begin in Miura, taking over these two audio devices that were produced by consolidating the thoughts of many people towards Chigusa and the wisdom of sound.
When "Umibe no Chigusa" opens, it's interesting to bring Chigusa 's regulars to listen and compare. It seems that you can see the enthusiasm in the acoustic discussion.
I hope that many people will come to listen to it, and that it will become one of the highlights of cultural tourism in Miura.

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