Two Jerry Garcia monitor speaker cabinets from the line array of Grateful Dead sound reinforcement system known as the "Wall of Sound," 1972-74
Wood, plywood, aluminum, black paper, gauze, metal nuts and bolts; each speaker showing heavy wear, outer wood scratched and chipped, plywood chipped (a few minor pieces missing), paper wrinkled and ripped, aluminum creased and crushed.
The corners of these ca. 1972 custom-made-for-Jerry-Garcia speakers are specially rounded and created to a certain depth to meet Jerry's specifications. These speakers were used in the Grateful Dead's "Wall of Sound."
Rock Scully writes (in a hand-written letter of provenance accompanying this lot): "I should have seen the 75 ton 'Wall of Sound' coming as far back as Owlsey's sound lab in Berkeley in 1965. At that time Owlsley had been purchasing old 'Voice of the Theater' speakers from soon-to-be-demolished movie theaters. These speakers were huge and ungainly but found their way into the acid test parties and our rehearsal rooms. As good as they sounded, they just wouldn't fit into most of our venues. This was the same problem that faced us ten years and hundreds of thousands of dollars later with our 'Wall of Sound' system." Rock goes on to described the many important technological advances in sound and projection developed by the Dead during the late 1960s and early 1970s, before returning to the two speakers at hand: "These speakers were built differently than any other cabinet on stage. The sound engineers and carpenters at Hard Truckers built these with the care and attention that studio quality monitors would receive. They are built with 3/4 inch 13 ply Finnish birch and are roughly 22 inches long by 14 1/4 by 14 5/8. They each house a 12" JBL Professional Series speaker with 2 1/2 lbs. drivers and weigh in at a hefty 45 lbs. The speakers are held with the signature Hard Trucker lugs to facilitate rapid removal and replacement without causing injury to the cabinet or delay in the performance ... Jerry loved these speakers but as the system evolved they changed location several times for a variety of reasons. One important move happened after Pig-Pen's death in '73. Keith Godchaux, our new piano player, had trouble hearing Jerry's guitar so these speakers were moved to Keith's side of the stage. When the system was down-sized these speakers were carefully stored with a close friend of ours and I've kept track of them faithfully over the years."
14 x 14 ½ x 22 in. and 14 x 13 ¾ x 22 in.
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