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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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".
  4. "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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. Great enough that I entered it into the Klipsch Museum of Audio History Archives. More dealer recollections from "the old days" are solicited!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Plywood was chosen for the front and back because it was a "known quantity" with respect to general strength and screw holding power, particularly for the woofer. Today those structural choices can be made with more "knowledge under the belt". The balancing of layers in plywood and MDF panels has been correctly expressed above. Layers are virtually always odd numbers.
  13. I am not aware of a comprehensive "badge document". It is on my bucket list, but for my part, it will not go much further than the mid-90's. Proliferation beyond that point was rampant. I can say that the original pie logo came about in 1962. The pending Klipsch 75 Years, A Pictorial History book will include PWK's original drawing.
  14. The Hollywood Bowl set-up went fine. It was the prototype system sent to a concert in northern Arkansas that resulted in every element, except the MTM tweeters, getting smoked. When Klipsch personnel arrived, all they could do was pack them up. The MCM system really was born out of a trial by fire!
  15. The document mentioned in the second post is about all we have.
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