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  1. I found myself in a similar situation after bartering my way into a pair of KP-301s that now serve as my garage speakers. Mine were a mismatch, although both were series ones but had a mixture of series 1 and 2 drivers and crossovers. The woofer differences were not significant and I simply replaced the mismatched crossovers with a fresh pair of Crites crossovers and I am extremely happy with the speakers! Jon
  2. Hey folks, Had a bit of a disaster on this one...... I took my Crites crossover equipped 301s to a pre Christmas event at work to do a little sound reinforcement for some vocalists and piano player at the event outside. I used the 301's, my Yamaha M-60 amp, and an 8 channel board supplied by a friend. I set the gear up the day before for a rehearsal and everything went just fine, but the day of the event when we powered up the amp it smoked right before my eyes. We pivoted to an AV receiver we had in a workshop as a last second backup but it would not make a sound. The receiver would not go online when connected to my 301's and we had to use a large powered speaker cabinet the piano player had for something to amplify the event and performers. Thankfully it was a small show.... Anyway, I took the 301's home and put them back up on the shelf in my garage and have been too depressed to even touch them after they were involved in blowing up my favorite vintage amp. Any thoughts on what may have happened? I heard something moving around in one of the speakers as I was loading it in my SUV and it was an hour each way to get there. But I have not pulled the woofers to take a look inside. Guess I am too depressed to even look and it is a bit cold in my garage this time of year.... Thanks, Jon
  3. Hey Islander, I have listened to L&F many times, before Covid I planned to go see them when the came through Vegas - sigh. As a former guitar player (who not played with any purpose in more than 20 years) I absolutely adore their accurate reproduction and tribute to the outstanding guitar work of Terry Kath on 25 or 6 to 4. It is just about perfect to my ear. They are outstanding musicians indeed. Jon
  4. Jon B

    WTB K48-E

    Papa, Where are you located? I have a couple K-48s in a Klipsch cabinet I am going to salvage and will be happy to sell you one. Tough part would be shipping if you are not in Southern California. Jon
  5. Ok, you talked me into it - no mouse fir - it will be a Duratex finish for the 320's. Unfortunately I don't have a big paint booth and the thought of using a roller it on is not that appealing after looking at the results you can get with a sprayer. Sigh Sorry Dave, but I really love my 301's with the Crites Chorus crossovers. I got quite a bit of advice HERE, prior to making that change. And you may not be aware of one important decision point - my 301's are a series 1 pair but they had two different crossovers in them when I got them. One crossover for a 301 series 1 and the other for a 301 series 2 due to a prior owner's tinkering. When I got these speakers I knew they would need work and I did so with the intent to please one person - me. They do a great job in my workshop and will never see the redline with my amp because I really like my neighbors. Due to their power efficiency it doesn't take much for them to make the SPL uncomfortable just the way they are, so they are a match for me. I currently have 5 speaker projects robbing me of space, and the motorcycle season is over so I just moved the bike into the shop, so I need to get to work. I have the KP-320's, the bass cabinet to a KP-450, a pair of Cerwin Vega AT 15's and a pair of AT 12''s and a pair of Infinity Monitor 2b's all needing my attention to bring them back to their prime. The 301's are finished and up on the wall in my shop where they are going to stay - note the big fat grin on my face. Trading a pair of reconditioned Cerwin Vega AT-12s for them was best Hi-Fi deal I ever made - even with the mismatched crossovers. Now if I could only stop staring off into space when listening to the 301's and get some work done - I would be in great shape !
  6. Good to see you Randy, and I really love your shuttle pic. There was so much incredible tech in that machine for it's time! True story, I routinely sold shuttle maintainers from Palmdale Ca old school MFM hard drives back "in the day" for their bench test systems because they were that old and could not be re-engineered unless the equipment they serviced was also changed. So they left them alone and sourced spares from computer refurbishers like myself back in those days. It seems like a lifetime ago now. That's a great suggestion. Unfortunately I am definitely not going to keep these speakers, so mods are probably off the table. And I like my 301's in my garage workshop far too much to replace them, plus I don't really need another pair of pro speakers for the house. So the 320's will be leaving my workshop once I finish up with them. I would love to sand and coat them with Duratex, but there are some serious chips and gouges that would need to be filled for satisfactory finish. I would think that filling would be a disservice to the next owner because I have no doubt it would not stay, or at least crack and eventually ruin the finish. Have you had a different experience with Duratex? Isn't that a textured coat that dries hard (inflexible). There's nothing worse than buying a classic car with a beautiful finish only to find it is full of filler when it loosens up and ruins the beautiful finish. Been there, done that - I use a magnet to test for filler on classic prospects now LOL.
  7. I may consider covering them with the fuzzy stuff that deals with blemishes and the finish all at once. My 301's has that covering and it is pretty clean. Opinions? I then want to replace the corner and edge bumpers, binding posts, and fuse holders. That will be it for the cabinets. Then I need to refresh the crossovers with new caps, test the drivers and repair or replace where required, then seal the cases for the passive radiator and then they will be for sale. I'm not a 2 way speaker fan, but I'm sure there are some folks out there that will love them - hopefully in Southern California. Sound like a plan?
  8. So sad to lose the great ones and you are correct, he was an excellent songwriter and will be missed.
  9. The clarity of the Crites is impressive, and the speakers are now very balanced. The workmanship is also very good and I find they are quite clean when compared to the original crossovers that look a little sloppy to my eye. One of my primary complaints in the past is that speakers with horn drivers had a harshness to their sound. In my opinion a speaker should only reproduce the content and not flavor it with their own sound. For me, going back to the early 80's , the Cornwall was one of the few speakers I had ever heard that did not add it's own sound and the horns did not impact the sound at all. In the case of the 301's like the Cornwall's, the speakers are virtually invisible to me. But I also have 59 year old ears that spent their teens and early 20s close to guitar amps and PA systems that were far to loud, and then a decade in close proximity to operating jet engines. Thus I do not think my ears are any kind of reference standard. But there is no doubt a Polk, JBL, Bose, Infinity, Cerwin Vega et. al. from the 70's and 80's had their own "flavor" when comparing the same tracks played back using them. And few would accurately reproduce ANY content without "colorizing" it. In those days I recall folks saying, Vega's are for rock, JBL's are middle of the road, Infinity and Polk are better for Classical music and so on. To me, that is not the purpose for a speaker because you do not change your ear to listen to different content, you're stuck with the human ear 1.0 for whatever you want to hear and your speaker should accurately reproduce EVERYTHING or what is the purpose? These 301's can to that now for me and it doesn't matter what I play they are perfect! I have the Cornwalls I always wanted - in a smaller and I admit a less attractive package. The 3.6 was the only CX in my 301's that worked up to par when I got them. The 3.0b in the other speaker had a very weak tweeter and a hyperactive mid - it seemed very harsh to me and at first I thought the tweeter was damaged. It wasn't until after I replaced the domes that I realized the crossovers were the root cause - live and learn I guess. So the titanium domes I purchased were not required to fix the problem, but fortunate because they do sound very good with the new crossover. Bob Crites told me the titanium tweeter in the 301 II and Chorus is the best choice for their crossovers, but not the 3.0b crossover in the original 301. In that case the titanium tweeter would not be very smooth. IMHO he is spot on with that assessment in the case of my speakers. I'm a happy camper indeed!
  10. Upper left on the board. It is a 3.6A and not an M. I see that now that it is removed. Looked like an M inside the speaker.
  11. This is a picture of the 3.6 with soldered driver wires. The inputs are spade clips, but the red, yellow, and green driver wires certainly are soldered into the board with their common connections.
  12. The answers to the questions would be, Yes, I consider this my hobby so my time is my own to invest, and Yes. As for my impressions of my 301's with the Crites Chorus crossovers.....I absolutely adore them! The texture and detail they produce is astounding. When Mr Klipsch said that he built speakers to accurately reproduce sound he was telling the God's honest truth! The 301's darn near make me drool after the CX upgrade because they sound so good to me. I just sit in front of them and time almost stands still and I am serious about that. I just start clicking through tracks I have listened to for decades and I lose track of time because I get lost in the experience. To me, the tracks now sound like the artists, producers, and engineers intended them to sound. And they seem fresh and new to me because of the clarity and detail. As a former musician I can clearly hear every instrument and the notes from each. Back in the day when we were learning to cover other people's songs, these speakers would have made that task quite simple because each part is now plain as day! Just this evening I was listening to a couple Doobie Brothers songs that I got tired of years ago and said to myself, wow this song has a banjo in it - never heard that before. And on another I heard a steel guitar plain as day and did not realize it was in the track until tonight. They have changed my listening experience in my workshop!
  13. You asked for pictures.....here are the pictures. One from the front, and one with a woofer removed to get a picture of the crossover inside, with one showing the crossover number. Like I said, they are rough, but I have the time, patience, and ability to restore them if they are worth the effort. But I am sure I will not keep them, because I don't need them, and I need the money for other speaker projects. Thanks
  14. 37551163 I'll get some pictures this weekend and post them. I assure you, they are not very attractive, but I can fix that! My only question is - is it worth it to spend the time and money to make them pretty and 100% restored? Compared to my new Crites Chorus equipped 301's these 320's sound like a pair of 80's Fisher speakers LOL. Well, maybe not THAT bad, just not terribly appealing to me is all and I do plan on moving then along without any major updates like a new cross over or driver replacements. In the end I got them to sell so I can work on other audio projects.
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