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  1. Share your road trips!

    "Bois d'arc"....Bow wood, which is what the French called the OSAGE ORANGE tree...in the French they used....the hardest wood in North America. We built lots of speakers together for over 7 years...and when we were working together we laughed the whole time...used to tick-off the foreman who though we were hurting our production by having too much fun... UNTIL he counted the days production, which was always higher than when I had somebody else working with me who was not nearly as fun to work with!
  2. Share your road trips!

    Ronnie Barham...I didn't start working there until 1976.
  3. Found Klipsch speaker

    HIP=Heresy Industrial Ported
  4. Share your road trips!

    Face the rear of the speakers, look at the edge plys of the side panel to your left, up near the top. If you see the letter "A" stamped into that area, I built them. Don't get confused by the "USA" stamped into the rear edge, has nothing to do with me, just where they were made.
  5. Be very sure to give attention to the terminals on the back panel of those Heresys. Over time the plywood back panel shrinks a bit in thickness, which often causes the screws of the terminal to become a bit loosened. So, disassemble the terminals, clean up the screws good, and the holes they thread into, take a tube of dielectric grease (which can be found in auto parts stores), put a dab on a Q-tip and LIGHTLY coat the machine screws' threads before reassembling them. I use Birchwood-Casey Gun Scrubber to clean electrical connections...it is basically solvent-grade ether under pressure. It cuts all grease/oil/crud and gets metal parts squeaky-clean. Dielectric grease being coated lightly on metallic objects that may rust/corrode, is always a good plan because it keeps the oxygen in the air from getting to the metal and causing the corrosion, and it is also a great conductor of electricity in its own right. One small tube of dielectric grease will last for years of use on a variety of things, such as your battery cable ends and battery terminals on you vehicles, which SHOULD be cleaned and a light coating of that grease put on them TWICE a year, depending on when the weather tends to change from cold to hot and hot to cold in your particular area. Corrosion of battery terminals reduced the flow of electricity and over-works the alternator diodes when trying to recharge the battery, causing the diodes to fail sooner than they should, and since most alternator diodes are now sealed into the alternator, instead of being replaceable, that means you have to buy a whole new alternator when the diodes fail EARLY.
  6. Hunter got to Klipsch a year or two after I got there in 1976, but he was there the entire time the Persian Nutwood stuff was being made, so maybe he remembers stuff I don't.
  7. Maybe you can ask that question to Jim Hunter, he may have some data on it.
  8. PNGL=Persian Nutwood Gloss Laquer Klipsch started using "GL" for gloss laquer on some items while I was still there, but they had previously just used "L" for that. It seems it may have had something to do with them differentiating between gloss laquer and semi-gloss laquer, since they eventually started offering that as a special order option. I prefer semi-gloss to gloss, myself. But the folks in the paint department DID NOT, simply because they had to shoot it either first thing in the morning, or last thing in the evening....because they had to clean out the paint gun THOROUGHLY both before and after using the semi-gloss...due to its having fine silica in it. Not only that, but they had to ensure that they had thoroughly stirred the semigloss to get all of that silica in it into solution completely, AND keep shaking the spray gun between shootings, so that there was no difference in the "semi-glossiness" for the entire speaker pair. Semi-gloss is just much more of a hassle when trying to get things RIGHT, ya'know?
  9. Persian Nutwood, was offered for a very short time. It is actually some kind of African wood which is extremely blonde, but the logs are treated with a dye under pressure to bring out the grain....that dye determines the coloration of that grain-darkening. Klipsch had panels veneered in two basic colors of that grain-darkening dye, one was a deep reddish tint, and the other was blue/purple tint. IN-HOUSE we called the blue-purple tinted veneer Persian Nutwood, and the dark red tinted veneer was called "Rambling Rose". This stuff came in and the honchos thought it would sell like hotcakes, but it seems that we only got special orders for speakers in that veneer. And the number of orders had the honchos realizing that it would simply NOT be a big seller. So, it was only offered for around one year or so. Many people liked them, but they apparently decided that the grain patterns were just "too loud" to go with other wooden furniture available for the room the speakers would be in...so sales lagged most likely due to low WAF. Yours are what we called "Rambling Rose". The rear speaker panel in the pic you posted is mounted upside-down from how it left the factory. It may have been removed and re-mounted so that the terminals ended up being closer to the floor.
  10. Free 1975 klipshorns

    That's why they have been selling since first introduced...no other loudspeaker brand can claim that its very first speaker design has been in production for over 70 years....and is still in production.
  11. Free 1975 klipshorns

    Use 1.5" diameter "Grippers", instead...the ones you need are peel-and-stick black foam neoprene pads (like a wetsuit is made of) about 1/8" thick...with the floor side having a pebbly surface...they will keep the extreme bottom of the speakers from absorbing any "sweat" from concrete OR smooth-surfaced floors...place the grippers on the speaker bottom in a perimeter about an inch inwards around that bottom, a very few inches apart, with a second inner perimeter, and one larger gripper, or three of the 1.5" ones in a triangle shape in the center of the bass bin bottom. They will stabilize the bass bin bottom so that it does not want to slide around, and additionally "couple" the bottom of the bass bin to the floor. They are one of the absolutely CHEAPEST methods of improving the performance of those bass bins. Just be sure to remove the metal, hammered-in "gliders" from the bass bin bottoms FIRST, otherwise you are eliminating the possibility of a solid coupling to the floor using the Grippers. Trust me they really work, and a number of forum members will verify this....They used to be very common at Wal-Mart stores, but other "furniture foot pads" are much more popular nowadays. They are also great for LaScala speakers.
  12. WTB Heresy I HBR (pair)

    That makes me a liar then...so be it!
  13. WTB Heresy I HBR (pair)

    It all depends on where you lived. And how much the fuel taxes in that state were, plus whether the state had its own minimum wage law that was a higher minimum wage than what the federal minimum wage was. Just like today! If you lived somewhere in California or New York you REALLY got screwed at the pump. Just like today!
  14. WTB Heresy I HBR (pair)

    It was called "the gas wars"...where all the service stations dropped their asking price for gasoline in order to attempt to beat out their competitors...no promotion involved. Gas was normally running around 23-25 cents a gallon, but when peak sales periods (summer, holiday seasons, etc.) came around, the "gas wars" started back up. The lowest I ever saw the price go was in 69-71 when it actually dropped below 20 cents for regular and stayed there for almost a year. During NON-peak sales periods, the gas price would hover around 23-25 cents per gallon for regular. When it was NOT a peak sales period, they offered promotions...a set of glasses or something like that for a fill-up of 10 gallons or more, for instance, but the price per gallon did not drop. I mowed peoples yards every spring/summer...bought my gas for my mower...remember it well...from 1964-1968. By late 1966 I was running around town and to and from school, and throwing a paper route from a 1967 (bought in Dec 1966) Yamaha twin-jet 100, the hot-rod of its class at the time. From that point onwards, I was filling gas tanks with gas for my vehicles. You used to be able to get "octane-blended" gas at the pump, too...where it mixed proportions of regular and premium to achieve the octane average of where you rotated the selection lever on the octane scale. High octane (premium or ethyl) gasoline was rated 120 octane or above.
  15. Free 1975 klipshorns

    SO did the previous owner decide to replace the LaScalas with a Leslie speaker for his organ??