Old Style Orca 3" Full Range
Old Style Orca 3" Full Range
Old style (rear mount driver) Orcas were produced from 2006-2011 and were then subsequently reissued in 2016.
Old style Orcas only use the Normal Orca driver.
Now shipping in front ported enclosures (12/2017)
Ships worldwide from Seattle, WA.
60 day in home trial period. 1 year warranty.
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Back by popular demand, the Old Style Orca (Rear-mounted drivers) is a nod to the original Orca design cue from 2006 which incorporates a single rear-mounted 3" full range driver mounted behind the front baffle panel. The entire rear panel is screwed down to the rest of the cabinet, just like vintage speakers. The rear-mounting of the 3" full range serves as a short waveguide for the high frequencies, contributing to a tastefully "vintage" sound quality, just like the classics. This also makes them slightly more suitable for lowest volume playback levels, just like classic loudspeakers from the 1930's! (only slightly). The strong mid-bass inherent to the Orca design makes all music pleasurable and remains intact with the rear mount cabinet design
Orcas built in this style were shipped all around the globe between 2006 and 2012, and are the speaker model that first got Blumenstein speakers on all 7 continents. In 2012, I shipped a pair to Antarctica as a form of accelerated durability testing in the driest, toughest climate on earth for the survival of any woodwork, and also as a form of commemoration of the discovery of the south pole precisely 100 winters before, and also to bring awareness to the phenomenon of global warming. Where will the south pole be in another 100 years? Needless to say, these indestructible speakers should still be around in 100 years or so as I have yet to hear of any problems with the cabinet's durability in this or any other climate, including extreme humidity and heat.
Blumenstein Audio grew as a business out of the hobby of an avid vintage audio collector and enthusiast, but the rear-mount old style Orca re-release isn't solely for the sake of nostalgia - I have incorporated all of the new acoustic technologies common to the technologically advanced lineup of Blumenstein speakers including Solid Douglas Fir braces and the specialized acoustic damping materials. I have also given them an updated air-seal flange for the screw on rear panel for accessing the internal parts as well as upgraded internal and external screws, rubber washers, hardware and internal wire versus the cabinets made up until 2012 - making these some of the best bang-for-the-buck Blumenstein speakers you can buy - and potentially even more durable than the original old style rear-mounted Orcas which were sent to Antarctica.
Comparison to the 3/4" Orca Fullrange -
As a point of comparison, the old style Orcas will provide a similar, yet slightly brighter/more musically forgiving sound quality compared to the new (surface mount) Orcas that I build in 3/4" inch plywood.
Yet the thick wood type 18mm or 19mm (3/4") plywood Orcas remain the most accurate, dynamic, "HiFi" version of the Orca, being the "concrete guitar." And while the Marlins are popular near-field studio monitors, and the Tritons are commonly used for small bedroom stereo speakers all the way up to PA systems, every speaker model I make is engineered for pure enjoyment. However, for many of my clients, the rear-mount Orca will be the ideal balance to unlock the very lowest listening levels because of the frequency response that is particular to the rear mounted driver old speaker construction style (which acts as a short waveguide).