OK...here ARE the facts as I remember them:
Portis Gilley was one of the EARLIEST of the full-time employees hired by PWK in the 1950's! He passed away while I was working at Klipsch (1976-1983), and had not COMPLETELY retired from Klipsch, yet. He was also one of the two remaining regular old-time employees from the very early days who had shares of Klipsch stock that were aquired during times that PWK did not have enough money available to make the payroll! During those early hard times for the company, some of the employees agreed to take stock in lieu of some of their pay to cover work performed...Portis was one of those workers. He was a very nice guy , tall, un-assuming country-boy, with a gentle and normally happy disposition, and he was loved by all! That signature was his on those labels, I have seen it too many times! The plant pretty-much shut down so we could all attend his funeral! You won't see that happening now-a-days!
Now, let's talk about Cornwalls...and the first point about them...and for that matter many of the currently-called Heritage line...is that you CANNOT use serial numbers, dates of series, or anything else to make assumptions as to when a particular model version was actually manufactured, or the years it was in manufacture...Not until about the time I left in 1983, anyway!
For example, we kept the routing templates for motorboards/speaker fronts that were "no longer in manufacture", and used them to make parts to build NEW cabinets or additional speakers the whole time I worked there, and it had been going on for years!! That is one of the great things about the company, to begin with...its CUSTOMER SERVICE ORIENTATION!
Let me explain...somebody calls up the plant and says "I want to buy one new Cornwall (or Heresy, or K-horn, etc.) because I just inherited my father's old Cornwall, but he only had one of them...and I want a Stereo set-up...."...are you beginning to see what I mean? So the caller gets asked a number of questions in an effort to determine which version and drivers, etc. his speaker has...what kind of veneer...grill cloth...all the necessary info to make a twin...and if the customer has good pics, we get those too, so we can match the grain of the new one...yadda, yadda, yadda...sometimes the old one is also sent in for upgrades with a new mate built to complete the pair....
So, to make a long story short...this info is taken to the cabinet shop and the needed parts are made up and it is assembled and the needed guts are put into it, including even making a period crossover to go into it, if necessary...but the label that goes on it is one of what we are currently using, instead of an old-timey one...but the model designation should be correct even tho the serial number may be in the current sequence...
And to top it all off, there were times when a dealer may even ask for 20 pairs of vertical horn Cornwalls...and things like that...side risers mounted...you name it, I saw it happen!
So...don't expect perfection in trying to figure EVERYTHING out, because you NEVER WILL! NOBODY WILL! Just roll with the punches, like PWK did!
And...don't get yer panties in a wad when the situation frustrates you, just laugh and say..."Great customer-service company, dammit!"
Ponder how many ways this can be applied: My daddy used to say, "The dog that barks the loudest normally never leaves the porch!"
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