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I've just acquired a pair of 1986 La Scala speakers. Unfortunately, the cabinets have some damage (see photo) and will need to be repaired and refinished. I'm trying to decide if the cabinets can be repaired and refinished well enough to satisfy my wife's discerning eye, or if I should re-veneer them (likely with 1/4" panels). 

 

I'd like to maintain the "as new" look of the speakers. The label tells me that the cabinets were finished in Birch, Raw. There is currently some sort of clear finish (albeit yellowed by age) on the speakers, but I suspect it may have been applied by the previous owner (you can see some of the finish on the network, just to the left and underneath "klipsch").

 

Was any finish applied to the "Birch, Raw" cabinets by the factory? What was it? A clear lacquer?

 

I've searched the forums to see if this question has already been answered, but didn't find a specific answer. I did, however, spend several enjoyable hours going through old posts. 😄

 

Thank-you,

 

Dave MacKay

near Toronto, Canada

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The attached cut-sheet provides some info.  It appears to me that the LS (at least that year) was available in unfinished, clear lacquer, or black lacquer.  I can only think that  Raw is unfinished rather than clear lacquer.

 

It is my understanding, and small experience that lacquer is used on furature because it can be sprayed and cures very quickly.  I think hair spray is lacquer.  Otherwise it is poor finish because it can be damaged by water.  White Rain can be washed out.

 

Clear lacquer causes very little change in the grain of birch.

 

I would try veneer first.   WMcD 

LaScala and Belle Cut Sheet (blue grid) (1).pdf

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Thank-you.

 

It seems to me that I won't be able to both repair the damage and retain the original finish. That being the case, I'll likely repair the damage and then either apply a veneer or paint the cabinets.

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WMcD is correct, although I'm not sure about the hairspray!  The intention of "raw" (BR) was to give the buyer the personal choice of finish, or none.  It was also less expensive.  Short of a Smithsonian-caliber restorationist, this hit will need wood filler and new veneer to look factory fresh.  

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23 hours ago, Dave MacKay said:

Thank-you.

 

It seems to me that I won't be able to both repair the damage and retain the original finish. That being the case, I'll likely repair the damage and then either apply a veneer or paint the cabinets.

1/4 inch or even  1/2 inch veneered panels would really make these speakers stand out , but they would also help in reducing the vibrations of the side walls  , finally  a  grille looks very good on the Lascala  for the top portion of the cab-

 

https://community.klipsch.com/uploads/monthly_2019_04/1378309338_oakLaScalawithgrill.jpg.4c5d781dab4de9743f04874871b1f388.jpg

 

 

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Mine didn't have that much damage, but there were some chunks missing out of the point of the dog house.  I paid a good antique restorer to repair them and stain them red mahogany with a satin polyurethane finish.  Whatever he did to the wood putty and wood (conditioner?) I can no longer find the repairs now that I have forgotten where they are.  My avatar pic, on my member page gives a pretty good view.  The edge plys are covered with a 3/4 x 3/4 cherry strip. 

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Makes me wanna run out and buy some for MY hair!

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