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  1. Shipped to "Germany" 9/19/1978.
  2. WMcD is correct, although I'm not sure about the hairspray! The intention of "raw" (BR) was to give the buyer the personal choice of finish, or none. It was also less expensive. Short of a Smithsonian-caliber restorationist, this hit will need wood filler and new veneer to look factory fresh.
  3. 156 and 157 shipped April 10, 1961, and are a couple of the first to have the new style grill (no Shorthorn-esque picture frame), and still have the vertical slot rear port. To clarify, the "first" Cornwall II designation occurred when the K-1000 horn was replaced with the K-600. If these still have a horn with the small mouth dimension in the 1 1/2" range, that is the K-1000. My guess on the newer ones is 1970's based on the signatories. They clearly have the K-600, but by that time the Cornwall II designation had been dropped.
  4. I am not at liberty to give out exact dimensions due to the relationship between KHMA and Klipsch Group, Inc. However, someone else not employed by either entity can jump right in here. I will say that a good corner should be relatively unobstructed for at least 3 feet on each side. If the K-horn is a later model with the "corner built on", you'll have more flexibility.
  5. I don't believe "the story" of any of the logbooks has been told. The first Klipschorn logbook (including Rebels and turntables!) has PWK's hand all over it. Other early logbooks have his hand occasionally. Most early entries were done by his first few employees, such as Lloyd McClellan, Portus Gilley, and John Jones. A few others may be sprinkled in there. This Cornwall logbook is NOT in PWK's hand. Up until the early 80's handwritten logbooks documented serial numbers with components used and where they were shipped. Entry was by many shipping personnel over the years. The advent of computers made physical logbooks extinct, with subsequent records lost. KHMA has most of the logbooks, but not all. Several of the Klipschorn books (1964 - 1975) disappeared decades ago.
  6. The logbook defines "Vertical" as the standard orientation. The riser would be on a short side. "Horizontal" is defined as having the riser on a log side. Serial numbers began with #101. Assuming these are 114, 115, and/or 116, the log entries are attached.
  7. I have not seen one of these either. It has to be very rare, and could be a prototype. Prior to the use of the script logo, most K-horn's had "KLIPSCH" cut into the veneer with "paint filling".
  8. "31" indicates the 31st pair of the day. This was a check to insure pairs stayed together. The "E" stands for Eminince, the woofer manufacturer (K-33-E). Alternatively it could have been "B" for CTS of Brownsville, TX (K-33-B). Both suppliers were used interchangeably for several years.
  9. VERY interesting. Organ recording with John Eargle is touched upon in the new 75th Pictorial History book. No correspondence with your grandfather has so far been discovered in our archives, but I will be looking for such. Thanks!
  10. The logbook shows this one shipped to R. P. Watson of Texarkana on Nov. 3, 1953. It also says "sold by PWK". The Junior was a compromise (cheaper) so that the buyer could delay the additional cost of upgrading to the "real thing". Paul was never proud of these. They are pretty rare!
  11. There are several pictures of the Enactron truck at K&A in the 75th Anniversary book which is imminent. In one, Curtis Putnam (Klipsch Engineer) is strumming Emmylou's guitar. And here is the American Studios pic I promised over a year ago!
  12. Great enough that I entered it into the Klipsch Museum of Audio History Archives. More dealer recollections from "the old days" are solicited!
  13. All the dealer lists I have show Rosner Custom Sound on Long Island from at least 1966 thru 1980. Alex Rosner, the owner, was a friend of PWK's. Alex even built Paul a switching system to switch between 3-way arrays. We have it.
  14. Might want to look at: https://www.klipschmuseum.org/blog/2018/11/28/southwestern-proving-ground-spg PWK attributed his hearing loss to 45 automatics without ear protection. His position as chief engineer put him second in command.
  15. I saw a pair of walnut Belles sell locally for $3500. That's a single data point, but $3000 for two mahogany's doesn't seem outrageous if condition is very good.
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