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Klipschorn 1989 refurbished $4000

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see Craigslist link 

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/wsh/ele/d/stillwater-klipschorns-horns-refurbished/7266859494.html

 

Restored/Refurbished Klipschorns

For those interested in the reading here is what I have done to these old dying speakers brought to the brink of death by a fire. 

1989-Klipschorns

The speakers were fully cleaned with wood cleaner and simple green to remove the smoke gunk. Once everything was cleaned up I attempted to save the original raw birth by sanding and using a walnut stain, but I was not happy with the looks and decided to go all out. The units were fully sanded down and all chips sealed with wood filler, I was not a fan of the no collar speakers so decided to add a collar which ended up being a lot of extra woodwork and veneer than expected. Once the speakers were fully prepped it was time to get the Rosewood Veneer laid out and book matched for each speaker, I ended up using 2 full 48x96" sheets of veneer that cost around 400$ alone. I made sure the main front veneer lined up with the top hat veneer to keep them streamlined. Once the veneer process was complete it was time to work on getting the crossovers built up. I used a local Tech to build be up some premium crossovers using original parts mixed with the updated capacitors and solid Walnut slabs and were finished with 12/14 gauge speakers wires with banana plugs. Now that they are look pretty up front it was time to make the backs look nice, I used a premium black paint and hand brushed every surface not covered with veneer, I think this really makes the speakers come together. Speaker have now been painted and veneered it was time to get the components lined up. I reused the bass woofer as they look as good as the day they were originally assembled into the bins. The midhorns lens are brand new with k-55m drivers, the tweeters are the k-77 with new crites diaphragms. With the addition of the collar section I needed to assemble these 3 times to ensure all of the old and new holes lined up for installation. The original Kane grills were ugly so I decided to move to black cloth instead. Which brings me to the most tedious part of the build, the upholstery, it literally took me 2 weeks to pull all the 1000a of old staples from the frames and install and stretch the new fabric (many blisters). The fabric used is the same fabric used on the new Klipschorn Speakers. Now we are nearing the end of the build and these are really coming together, I finished the speakers with hand rubbed Teak oil (3 coats) as to preserve the original look of the Rosewood, lots of satisfaction to get to finally see these speakers shine after 2 months of building. The final nail in the project was to add some bling, for this I purchased replica Bronze Klipsch Badges and have the original banner ones as well. Time to hook them up and listen, I used a 50 watt Sansui au-999 as the tester unit first and WOW, these are as great as everyone says and maybe better, I did not expect there to be so much clear bass as my La Scala lacked in this field. Next I hooked up a Sansui G7000 and turned them UP "ring ring" its my neighbor calling me to say all the dogs are barking and here house is shaking, it the first time in 2 years she has asked me to turn the music down haa. I'm sure there are things I missed but all in all it was fun and the outcome is def work the time. I have ~3000$ into these speakers and & 70+ hours of work.

Edited by lucastodd

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How could I resist when I'm told to go F myself? 

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The ad says it was flagged for removal. 

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since you're modifying and refurbishing the speakers, why wouldn't you bookend the logos...

 

I wonder if he sell one 😛

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2 hours ago, wuzzzer said:

The ad says it was flagged for removal. 

Works fine now.....

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speakers turned out nice,  glad they were saved. curious what you did about the melted horn end that was curved downwards?   

 

heres the original ad.  

 

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15 minutes ago, EpicKlipschFan said:

curious what you did about the melted horn end that was curved downwards? 

 

From the AD   "  The midhorns lens are brand new with k-55m drivers "

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odd little  details ------both Badges are on the right side of the grille  --- the serial number with the lesser number  should have the badge on the left side of the grille -

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Thank you OP for editing your initial post to no longer suggest that Chuck, @Tarheel, perform an unnatural act.  Sticking to your price is your right; insulting  your potential buyers is not.

 

They look spectacular.  GLWS

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16 minutes ago, DizRotus said:

Thank you OP for editing your initial post to no longer suggest that Chuck, @Tarheel, perform an unnatural act.  Sticking to your price is your right; insulting  your potential buyers is not.

 

They look spectacular.  GLWS


“Tarheel perform an unnatural act”. You mean spending money - ?

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Wow, beautiful restoration, good enough to forgive the lack of paragraph breaks but not quite enough to actually read it.  My eyes hurt.

 

Seriously though, beautiful restoration.

 

 

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9 minutes ago, tigerwoodKhorns said:

Wow, beautiful restoration, good enough to forgive the lack of paragraph breaks but not quite enough to actually read it.  My eyes hurt.

 

Seriously though, beautiful restoration.

 

 

 

I agree.  The restoration excuses the writing.

 

Something about the continuous paragraph that wears you out before you start reading.  Paragraph breaks give your brain an opportunity to rest.  I guess that is why I have difficulty with Mellville and Moby Dick.

 

 

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10 minutes ago, DizRotus said:

 

I agree.  The restoration excuses the writing.

 

Something about the continuous paragraph that wears you out before you start reading.  Paragraph breaks give your brain an opportunity to rest.  I guess that is why I have difficulty with Mellville and Moby Dick.

 

 

I get emails at work all of the time in the huge paragraphs.  You can barely read them.  I like lists and bullet points.

 

Is this someone's sale thread?  Back to topic...

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41 minutes ago, tigerwoodKhorns said:

Is this someone's sale thread?  Back to topic...

 

Yes.  Each bump brings the thread back to the top to be seen by potential buyers.

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