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1990 Klipschorns Model Type B

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Hi gang,

 

First time poster. Thanks for being here. I just went and looked at a pair of Klipschorns (1990, type B, oiled oak). They are in amazing cosmetic shape aside from a few minor nicks - original wicker grilles... all original K-55-M squakers, K-77-M tweeters, and AK-3 crossovers. They were sitting in the middle of a small room side-by-side hooked up to a crappy Yamaha A/V receiver and a JBL active subwoofer??! They sounded pretty awful. I turned off the subwoofer and tried to remove all of the DSP from the amp (don't think I was 100% successful) enough to verify that the tweeters/squakers/drivers were all functional. The only music source I had for the demo was unfortunately over-processed FM radio. I'm aware of the fact that when I get them home and put them in the corners they will sound better and have increased bass response.

 

The current owner said he inherited these from his neighbor 2 years ago when he moved, and exclaimed "they don't make these anymore", and "they CRANK".

 

My longterm goal would be to tri-amp them with active 3-way crossovers and possibly replace some of the diaphrams. He says (true or not) that a guy is coming on Sunday with cash, so I have only a short time to decide. He's $1500 firm for the pair. What do you all think... should I go for it?

 

- Justin

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I don't even own a pair of KHorns and from what you're describing I'd do it in a heartbeat.  $1500 is a really good price from what I've seen.  Leaves you room for some upgrades if you feel that you need to after you get the home.  Once properly placed, driven with better upstream gear, I can only imagine how happy you'll be.  My vote is to open the wallet and load them up.

 

Edit:

They do still make the Khorns, base units are $6K each, 70th Anniversary are even more.

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Here's a link that describes the difference in the models, A, B, C.

 

 

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That's a great price for the condition you described. I'd recommend you take a friend with you to pick them up because:

(A) They are heavy

(B)You'll need a getaway driver since it sounds like a steal

 

Goooooooo! :emotion-21:

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All good advice, buy them.

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I have 1989 K-horns with those same drivers and network.  Get them!  That is a very good price if in good condition.

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There are a few things in life you will regret not doing.

 

Missing this chance is way up there.

 

You will not lose any money if you decide down the road they are not for you.

 

Those are plug and play!

 

 

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Great price!  GO!

 

There is also NO NEED to replace the diaphragms in a working driver.  Though, there are some better sounding drivers available, particularly for the K-77-M.  I believe I have read there are no longer any replacement diaphragms for the K-55-M. 

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As everyone else has said, $1500 is a no-brainer, you don't even need to research or think about it.  If you get them and don't like them you can resell them and make a least $1000.

 

Check your PM.  I sent you a research tool.

 

And welcome to the Klipsch forum.

 

-Dave

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13 minutes ago, jmysza said:

Thanks all. Renting a van and picking them up tomorrow!

 

Cool!  I just missed a nice pair of Cornwalls yesterday.  Keep us posted on your progress and your opinion of how they sound.  I'm living vicariously. 

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