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Forte I cabinet water damage - options?
Hollis J posted a topic in Technical/RestorationsHello Klipsch-ers! To make a long story short, I have one Klipsch Forte I with bad water damage on one side of the cabinet. They've been boxed, new, in a basement for as long as I can remember, and recently were moved and one box happened to be on its front side during a flood of the basement. Likely no more than half and inch of water, but it soaked the front side of the cardboard box, and the veneer MDF bordering the face of speaker on that side is wet and expanded. The cloth is now dry, and the diaphragm, dust cap, etc seem untouched. There seems to be some light mold or something on the face (see pic), but as far as I know it can be wiped off no problem. I'm basically wondering what my options are here — I haven't tested the speaker yet, but everything else *seems* to be okay on it (again, they've been in box since I imagine purchase in the 80s). Can the cabinet be repaired/replaced, and what what would that look like in terms of money or labor? If at all possible, I'd like to keep it — they were my father's so they have some sentimental value, plus I know they're just damn good speakers and the other one is perfectly good, practically mint. I'm only a budding "audiophile", if that, so I don't know a whole lot but would really love to know what I can do here, or if I need to do anything — it's possible they still work fine and one might just be a little ugly. Would appreciate any advice!