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  1. I finally took some action using a beat up pair of KG4 as the tests. I used old masters furniture restorer to prepare the surface. I sanded to get out water stains and other damage, working towards 220 grit. I prepared a weathering solution using steel wool and vinegar. I applied said solution and what I got can be seen in the pictures. As you can see it did not penetrate into the open grain of the oak. So, I have gray on top and brown in the grain. In one picture you can see a riser which is a lighter gray. This is the same as above, but I finished by applying liming wax. This filled in the grain and made it white and lightened the overall look. My wife likes the gray and brown more than the gray and liming wax. I'm undecided. What do those on the board think? My intent is to replace the grill cloth with something appropriate for a gray finish and sell cheaply just to move them out of the house. As for the Forte II that started the thread, I'm going to veneer those with figured walnut.
  2. I have not. Below, Moray James posted about the vinegar and steel wool method. That is what I tried testing a month or so ago. I bought a thin piece of oak at Home Depot, sectioned it off, and tried various methods using the solution to try from barn wood grey all the way to black. I bought some wine tannins to create a solution to brush on the wood to make the reaction produce a darker stain. I'll take a photo of my test plank. Then I took a pair of old, oiled oak KG4 risers and attempted to duplicate the results. It didn't work. What I haven't taken the time to do, and this is my next step, is to really sand down the oak veneer before applying the solution. Obviously, I'll be careful not to go through the veneer.
  3. My understanding is that the Theater bar is NOT a sound bar. It is a left/center/right set of speakers in a single housing. As such, by itself it is a 3.0 setup. With your AVR you can connect the Theater bar and your KG 1s for 5.0, add a subwoofer for 5.1.
  4. I bought a walnut 450ca to go along with a pair of walnut Quartets and I am dissappointed that the veneers are not even close. The 450ca is a very dark brown. Is this real walnut veneer or a different wood that has been stained walnut? I read elsewhere that the wood may be hickory. Is there a definite answer?
  5. I did not realize that modern walnut veneer Klipsch was not walnut. This explains why my new 450ca center in walnut looks nothing like my quartets l/r. Which I am bothered by and would not have paid the extra money for the ca version if I had known. Your post tells me that there is no use trying to rework the finish on the 450ca because it's foundation is hickory.
  6. Two days after posting this a pair of walnut Quartets went up for sale in Maine. I picked them up last Sunday. I'd say the cabinets are a 8/10, just one small chip on the speaker and a larger chip from the stand. The cabs needed some cleaning and in desperate need of oiling. I'll post pictures once the cleanup job is done. I paid $450.
  7. If I'm ever replacing my Cornwalls then I might give you a call.
  8. When I get a bigger house and have room for one pair of everything.
  9. As the title says. Does anyone have a pair they are interested in selling? I have oiled oak Forte IIs in wonderful shape that I am willing to trade.
  10. I had this powder on my '74 Heresy tweeters as well. I didn't clean it at the time. I used the speakers for about a year and then open them up to clean the tweeters and 'lo, they were clean. The speakers were previously stored in a hit bonus room in TN for about 26 years.
  11. Thank you all for the suggestions. I'll give it a go this weekend doing the following: Use turpentine to strip the oil Use a gray stain to create a weathered look I won't use the speaker bottoms for my test, instead I'll use an oiled oak KV2 I have no use for at the moment. I'll check out the fabric choices mentioned.
  12. Howdy, I am very interested in the Forte IIIs but cannot afford them at the moment. What I can afford are a pair of Forte IIs in oiled oak, which I picked up a few weeks ago. I don't mind oiled oak, but I prefer the distressed oak and white grills of the III. My question is, does anyone have thoughts on how to recreate the look of the new distressed oak speakers if the starting point is oiled oak? I have little practical experience with finishes and stains, but I'm wondering if a chemical stripper to get out any oil followed by a gray stain is all that is needed. Thoughts?
  13. You have walnut laquer (WL) speakers built in 1982 (X). They were the 113th unit built from lot 143. Each lot has 999 speakers. The lots and count of speakers is regardless of year, so yours is around the 142,085 Heresy built since they started production, not for the year.
  14. I missed cheap Forte IIs yesterday in MA? Damn, I check compulsively, many times a day.
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