We went to Buenos Aires (BA) a few years back to visit a friend who was working on a project there. It is a very beautiful yet decayed city. If you like faded glamor, I got a place for you.
The history of Argentina is long and sometimes dark, filled with tales of cannibalism, secret police forces, athletic games involving live ducks, and on up to recent obsessions with cosmetic surgery and psychology. It also has some of the finest architecture, food, and wine on the planet. 100 years ago, Argentina was one of the most prosperous and wealthy nations on Earth. Its fates have shifted. Visiting BA in the midst of the most recent Economic Calamity, I could not help but imagine Argentina as a vision of the United States in 50 years. Proud and beautiful and vast, but with many starving, huge dependency on foreign industry, and very low standards of conduct for elected officials.
We stayed in an old part of the city by the docks. There are many flea markets in this part of town, and I managed to find a few things of interest.
Purchased this very cleverly named chorus pedal from modern Argentine maker CLUSTER. This pedal is a clone of the EHX Small Clone, an effect which looms largest in our collective subconscious due to Kurt Cobain’s use of the device for the clean (IE, the verses) guitar parts in ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit.’ 1992 was the year that this track broke worldwide. Hence “Spirit (of) (19)92.”
It’s a great sounding pedal with a very charming hand-finished quality to the enclosure. I don’t think these are available outside of Argentina.
Most exciting were the ancient audio-tech magazines that turned up in some of the numerous stores and stalls dedicated to old books. Here are some images and projects from: ‘Radio e Televisao,’ Sau Paulo, 1950; ‘Radio Chassis Television,’ BA., 1960; and ‘Radio Tecnica,’ BA., 1976.
Many more great images and schematics from a bygone world after the link….
Here are some interesting projects from Buenos Aires c.1960 – a one-tube theremin circuit and a hi-fi amp.