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Jensen Khorns. JHorns? Central Florida, no price listed in the ad.

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These are simply amazing speakers. Built by an audio enthusiast, these are a once in a lifetime purchase. Reason for selling: my father has passed and it is too expensive to ship these across the...
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I just sent him an email asking about them
It’s a long drive, but looks worth it


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These speakers are a time capsule , amazing condition , old jazz speakers

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Given their age, it is interesting that the ad does not mention whether all the pieces actually work.

I am sure that in their day, the owner was quite proud of them and they were an endless source of enjoyment. 

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Here's a little more info on 50's/60's Jensen home-built cabinet plans for those interested in historical stuff:

 

http://www.dcaudiodiy.com/jensen_imperial/jensen_imperial.html

 

The seller has updated the original ad to include the price of $1250 / OBO

 

They have also been more clear about what is being offered: one large speaker cabinet and two lowboys. 

 

I will now speculate on what they haven't explained. The tall cabinet is a Jensen Imperial. There is only one of these instead of a pair, because it was probably built in 1957 (woofer date code) when two-channel hi-fi was still a work in progress. By 1962 (other woofer date code), stereo was becoming fashionable, so the builder opted to make two Jensen (Triplex?) lowboy cabinets instead of constructing a mate for the Imperial. He also built a matching lowboy cabinet to store all his gear, which is open to negotiation (per the revised ad).

 

Looking at the photos, I suspect the Imperial cabinet may be "veneered" with wood-grain formica. This was considered both practical and futuristic back in the day--rather than tacky. I remember the first time I saw "boomerang pattern" formica on a kitchen counter in my childhood and I thought it was unbelievably cool. I guess I still do, but I don't think the wood-grain stuff evokes quite the same reaction.

 

One more thing: an Imperial is not a Klipschorn design although outwardly it may look somewhat similar and Jensen describes it as a folded horn.

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The drivers and x overs alone are worth more than the asking price as long as they are in good working order..they appear pristine from an appearance standpoint.

 

The RP-302 tweeter brings >$300. alone.

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14 minutes ago, hanksjim1 said:

The drivers and x overs alone are worth more than the asking price as long as they are in good working order..they appear pristine from an appearance standpoint.

 

The RP-302 tweeter brings >$300. alone.

 

I do think there is educational value in preserving intact, functional historical pieces rather than gutting them to sell the parts on ebay. There are plenty of trashed pieces out there for organ donors.

 

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