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Forte Too

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  1. After some Bondo and more sanding……
  2. Taking care of the jig saw cutout for the old handles….Can’t believe someone would do that! Mack made a jig and router cut some straight lines then reversed the jig for the filler piece.
  3. Let the sanding begin. Also trying to clean up the prior owner rounding the corners….ugh!
  4. After the new bottom is in place!
  5. Here is the inside of one bass bin. Don’t worry the excess glue was wiped off. Also, notice the burn mark? Driver must have caught fire. Never seen that before, but it also makes me sad someone busted the speaker up to get at a bad driver.
  6. Here is the pic with the new bottoms. Bottoms are 11 ply birch. Here is a side shot. Notice the non-klipsch handles….those will be an issue!
  7. Another Forum Member suggested I posted these pics from a set of restored LaScala's. The drivers and crossovers came from a pair of designer series K-horns with industrial driver K-43. They sound impressive. Special thanks goes out to Mack Garrett, who did the restoration for the K-horn bass bins. Mack is building uppers for the bass bins and I can't wait to see them finished with new veneer. Mack is a great wood worker. I can't say it enough, but thanks again Mack!! Here are the starter LaScala cabinets I purchased from St. Louis - You will notice that the bottom has been knocked off. The prior owner didn't realize the tops came off and you could access the drivers from there. There was a LOT of excess paint on these speakers. They have lived a very hard life.
  8. Hi Everyone - I have several pieces of Mac gear. All works great!. This weekend I picked up a MX-113 and a MC 2505. They were purchased at an estate sale. (The guy had 3 mc2505's and in hind site, I should have bought them all, but didn't. I bought the cheap one without a cabinet. The two I left were in slant leg cabinets 😞). I took the units home, hooked them up to my LaScala. I only had a short 18" piece of cable laying around, so I hooked up only one speaker. The sound was disappointing, to say the least. At full volume, full gain, the sound was low. Not whisper low, but not wall shaking either. I hooked the source directly to the amp and used the gain for the volume control and it was no better. I started looking and calling getting service and rebuild prices the next day. I bought some speaker wire. That evening, I turn the amp back on and lost the left channel after 15 seconds. I unhooked the preamp, and hooked the source directly to the amp. Left channel is still out. I get frustrated and go eat dinner. I went back to the garage and turned the amp and preamp back on and go for an hour walk. I get back, the left channel is sill out. I fiddle with the balance knob and bam, it's back. And so is the sound. Wall shaking sound at 1/4 volume. I am afraid I may have woken up the neighbors sound. It's a little muddy though but so much better! This amp was not hooked to the preamp at the estate sale. I am guessing this was an extra amp (he had 2 others) and it could have sat for 20 to 30 years without any power. I am guessing the oil in the capacitors could be an issue since they sat so long? I don't want my ignorance to destroy this unit. What do I need to do here to bring this unit up? I am guessing deoxit is safe on the switches. I used it on my Marantz equipment without any issue. Any thoughts?
  9. Dang they look good! I have a set of mid 70's that I want to veneer in Ebony or Rosewood. I have never veneered anything, so I am a little nervous. Thanks for the posting and the inspiration! If I move forward, I'll post some picks.
  10. This is the EXACT project I want to do, except with Ebony wood veneer!
  11. I'm looking to buy a set of Cornwall. I keep seeing Cornwall I's up for sale, but not many Cornwall II's. I know the speaker layout is different and so are the crossovers. How do the two different versions compare to each other? Any huge issues either way? Any help is TRULY appreciated. Thanks group!!
  12. Ugh....OK the loudness button was on. That fixed to bass issue. Thanks for all the help. BUT I lost the right side on both speaker 1 & 2. WTH?? I kept playing with the loudness button. Pressing it in and out again and again. The right side came back but then lost it again. The volume pot needs to be cleaned, there is a lot of cracking when you adjust the volume. I left the unit off for an hour. When I turned it back on, the right side was back. Any ideas?
  13. I have a new (to me) set of Hersey I speakers. I played them with my Mac 6500 at my office and they sounded fine. I brought them home and hooked them up to the Marantz 2330 B, and the problem began. The bass is out of control. I had to turn the bass dial almost all the way to the left. The Marantz amp is factory from the 70's, all original caps. My question is what would cause this? I had the Marantz hooked up to a set of klipsch horns and they sounded ok. No real excess bass. Not the case now. Any ideas????
  14. It appears so. I cannot get the backs off. I think the bass response is the amp. I played them with my MA6500 and they sounded fine. I brought them home and hooked them up to a Marantz 2330 B and the bass response is really there. Completely overpowering the speaker. I had to cut the base almost completely out. Not sure why....
  15. Here are some pictures. The bass response is really good on these. I am wondering if the bass driver has been replaced? Production date is 1978.
  16. I picked up a set of sight unseen Hersey's yesterday. They were price right so I said ok. I was out of the office when they were delivered. They are consecutive S/N speakers, early 70's. Here is my question, on the back of one of the speakers, it appears that someone tried to remove the back panel and could not, so they used a skill saw to cut out the joint. I guess they assumed the joint was glued and they wanted to cut out the glue area where the back meets the sides. Looks like they glued it back with either an expanding glue, like gorilla glue or foam. The back is flush and you can't tell from the front. It just bothers me. Has anyone else seen this. Now I want to take the back off to see if the drivers have been replace. Also I noticed last night when I carried the speaker into the house, I had the speaker horns pointed towards the ceiling when I was carrying them, and there was something loose inside the other speaker. It's not loose when the speaker is sitting correctly on the ground, only when it is pointed towards the ceiling. How are the crossovers mounted inside the Hersey? What else could it be? The cones & horns seem tight.
  17. Gilbert - just my VERY Humble opinion here but if the glass is good, and the unit works and is in the condition you described: Low $1,500 Medium $2,100 High $2,500 Now, if it had been reconditioned and it was working at 100% with solid tubes, High would probably be $3,250.
  18. I sent him a message earlier about a LaScala Re-Build and really don't want to bother him, but I'm sure he would know. He is a WEALTH of information on this site.
  19. Thanks. So this was the 16432 K-Horn built and they were constructed in 1980. Now, what about the "RC"? And was it normal to order just the base bin?
  20. OK. Here is a serial number on a K-Horn: 17U432 I am guessing these were manufactured in 1980. What does the 17 stand for and what does the 432 stand for? The odd thing is the top section is NOT a Klipsch product, but has Klipsch Horns and Crossover. The paper sticker is gone, except for what is under a piece of wood screwed to the back. Under the serial number is "USA" and under USA is "RC". This is stamped next to the access door. Was it normal to sell just bottom cabinets for K-horns? I posted a picture.
  21. Matt - Do you do your own cane covers or to you get them somewhere? I am just about to start a pair of LaScala's. They bottoms were busted out to rob the driver. (I have a set of K-horns that were damaged in a flood that I am robbing the components) I have to install a new bottom board then sand the old black paint off. Then wood filler and more sanding. I planed on priming them then spraying them with two coats of black lacquer, then buffing with a paste wax. I want to use grill covers, but don't have a source.
  22. Those turned out beautiful! Hope mine look half as good when I'm done.
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