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  1. I Stand corrected as to my perceptions Sorry if I have created stress for some that feel only "original" is the only way. I totally understand and appreciate if you like it why " change it " perspective, it is just not mine. Would I make changes to the current La Scala's - Hell No but I have 42 year old speakers that are visually in need of attention and based on that condition it is my perception that they were probably abused more than once in that time frame. My perception was one of making these great speakers look better was a good idea, I also perceived that updating the electronics was also in order. I see that that perception is not shared, Ok I will go away and enjoy what choose to do.
  2. Trust me a lot of consideration was put into leaving them alone, especially on a logical standpoint. What made me move forward on the "changes" was that I was not changing the design of the speaker but merely updating the electronics which have had the last 42 years to be improved. When I looked at the current new La Scala's what I saw was the separation of the base bin and the tweeter box and updated electronics. BTW my wife said just by the new ones. I choose not to do surgery but did see that their were new electronic options and choose to go that way. For me I am not expecting a dramatic change from what I have now. But it is my understanding the tweeter in the 1978 build was sub optimal and impacted the crossover of the mid range horn. By updating the tweeter, with one which could operate at a lower starting frequency, the resulting blending of the two was enhanced overall.. There was also a mid range driver upgrade available which was along the same theme. This required a new crossover/network to reap these benefits.. The new sub drivers was strictly an "Oh what the hell" choice. We all have different perspectives but as long as we enjoy the music who really cares how we get there.
  3. Schu can you expand your response, remember I am new to this Thanks
  4. Thank You jimjimbo Yes I have already ordered all new tweeters, mid range drivers and new subs, and the A4500 crossovers. Why Given the condition of these speakers I would expect they were driven hard for many years. Yes they still sound great right now, but the upgrades will give me a new baseline. I have also found a furniture refinisher to put a fresh new veneer on so they will look as good as they sound. I run mine with a 20 year Velodyne 15 inch sub and the combo is magical. I am not a BIG base person but it still needs to be part of the experience. The opening few moments of Dire Straits "You and Your Friend" are absolutely stunning and really demonstrate the capabilities of these speakers. It is what I play when some asks about why I have these big speakers. 30 seconds and the smile comes across their face as they hear, feel and have that musical experience
  5. I just got just a pair of 1978 La Scala's, which were probably a dance hall or bar sound system, well scratched and used to say the least. I have never had speakers which are so easily placed in a room and still have a sound stage. Against the wall and close together and its still there. Spread them apart and bring them out from the back wall and the sound stage grows and gets deeper. question for experienced La Scala owners what is it about these speakers that make them so easily placed in a room. If there was no other reason to own these speakers this ability is worth the expense Yes their style is at best Retro, they are big and made out of marine plywood, but close your eyes and just sit back and enjoy.and it just does not matter anymore.
  6. I just got just a pair of 1978 La Scala's, which were probably a dance hall or bar sound system, well scratched and used to say the least. I have never had speakers which are so easily placed in a room and still have a sound stage. Against the wall and close together and its still there. Spread them apart and bring them out from the back wall and the sound stage grows and gets deeper. question for experienced La Scala owners what is it about these speakers that make them so easily placed in a room. If there was no other reason to own these speakers this ability is worth the expense Yes their style is at best Retro, they are big and made out of marine plywood, but close your eyes and just sit back and enjoy.and it just does not matter anymore.
  7. sent you a message have 2 1978 La Scalas's that I am upgrading
  8. Thank You JohnA Right now the two speakers sound very good so assume that they are still tight from a structural standpoint. One speaker does have a big gouge on the dog house nose which could be comprised so I will fill and sand before it gets veneered. I will be updating all the components with Bob Crites products given their age and probably abuse. So when I pull all the parts will definitely add some wood glue to all the interior seams . Thank You for the info on the top, bottom and back side panels. I will probably use ¼ inch on those areas just to get a smooth surface for the veneer Thank You again for sharing your knowledge
  9. Simple question How was the Dog House attached to the plywood box in the 1967 La Scala's My guess is that they were only glued and not screwed. My recently acquired 43 year old La Scala's were severally abused as in a stage speaker or even a bar room speaker. My plan is to put ½ inch MDF on all exterior box areas, except the Dog House. This will provide a additional sound damping and a clean even space to apply a furniture quality veneer. Is there any advantage to screw in the dog house from the bottom if it was only glued Thanks
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