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I am moving on from my Klipsch Corwalls which I bought new in the 80's. I have questions and need some help.
1) The speakers are in fine working order but as you can see from the image my cats have scratched up the material. The cabinet is good and the speakers are great. Should I replace the material before I try to sell, or is it better to leave as is?

2) How much are these worth? I see wild price variations on ebay. 

Thanks for any help. 

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Someone who know what they are doing can get those looking like new, not too difficult, but time consuming to do it right.  Everything is there except for the grill cloth.  But they need to be completely taken apart, sanded and every surface refinished.  Plus new grills made.  This takes a while. 

 

Not worth your time unless you enjoy the process or want to try to make $5 and hour for your labor.  Sell them discounted (meaning not top dollar) and let someone else do the work. 

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Bob crites for grill cloth

 

https://critesspeakers.com/prices-other_stuff.html

Klipsch Speaker Grille Fabric Heritage Black #7.  Shipping for 1 yard (36 X 72) is FREE by Priority Mail in the US. 

One Yard (36 X 72 inch) of Fabric:  $105.00

Black #17 Buy Now

Cane Buy Now

Two Yards (two 36 X72 inch pieces) $210.00 (Contact Me)

Fabric for a pair of Klipschorns

Two yards (single 36 x 144 inch piece) $190.00  (This price is larger per yard because of the extra labor involved in cutting the material this way. 

Black #17 Buy Now

Cane Buy Now

 

 

They are worth what someone is willing to buy... your cornwalls don't owe you a dime...since you bought them new... the market or the area in which you live in also determines the price... And your elbow grease is free...

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I've decided to clean them up as best I can, as well as replace the fabrics on the front. Then I will try to sell them. But I'm still not sure what they are worth once I'm done. They will not be perfect looking but they will look good for their age. There is not mold, cat spray, or odor. The images with reflections are because I wiped them down and the light from my sliding doors caused a reflection. I'll take better pictures when I'm done. 

Thanks, and I'd appreciate any additional advice or directions.

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2 hours ago, NYKBOB said:

I've decided to clean them up as best I can, as well as replace the fabrics on the front. Then I will try to sell them. But I'm still not sure what they are worth once I'm done. They will not be perfect looking but they will look good for their age. There is not mold, cat spray, or odor. The images with reflections are because I wiped them down and the light from my sliding doors caused a reflection. I'll take better pictures when I'm done. 

Thanks, and I'd appreciate any additional advice or directions.

 

Take them completely apart.  Lightly sand the wood with 220 grit.  Also sand the black areas.  Tape up the sides and spray the black (front and back).  Then maybe stain the speakers (I don't like oak).  Apply three coats of an oil based urethane, sanding with 600 in between coats and clean with a tack cloth.

 

Wire wheel and paint each screw in semi gloss black. 

 

You will also need to make new grills.  Might as well replace the capacitors too. 

 

Heck, might as well just keep them at this point.

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On 11/21/2022 at 9:46 PM, dirtmudd said:

Bob crites for grill cloth

 

https://critesspeakers.com/prices-other_stuff.html

Klipsch Speaker Grille Fabric Heritage Black #7.  Shipping for 1 yard (36 X 72) is FREE by Priority Mail in the US. 

One Yard (36 X 72 inch) of Fabric:  $105.00

Black #17 Buy Now

Cane Buy Now

Two Yards (two 36 X72 inch pieces) $210.00 (Contact Me)

Fabric for a pair of Klipschorns

Two yards (single 36 x 144 inch piece) $190.00  (This price is larger per yard because of the extra labor involved in cutting the material this way. 

Black #17 Buy Now

Cane Buy Now

 

 

They are worth what someone is willing to buy... your cornwalls don't owe you a dime...since you bought them new... the market or the area in which you live in also determines the price... And your elbow grease is free...

Oh man, I have a bunch of really nice grill cloth that is much less than that, like $60 a yard.  I need to post a pic. 

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9 hours ago, NYKBOB said:

I've decided to clean them up as best I can, as well as replace the fabrics on the front. Then I will try to sell them. But I'm still not sure what they are worth once I'm done. They will not be perfect looking but they will look good for their age. There is not mold, cat spray, or odor. The images with reflections are because I wiped them down and the light from my sliding doors caused a reflection. I'll take better pictures when I'm done. 

Thanks, and I'd appreciate any additional advice or directions.

 

6 hours ago, tigerwoodKhorns said:

 

Take them completely apart.  Lightly sand the wood with 220 grit.  Also sand the black areas.  Tape up the sides and spray the black (front and back).  Then maybe stain the speakers (I don't like oak).  Apply three coats of an oil based urethane, sanding with 600 in between coats and clean with a tack cloth.

 

Wire wheel and paint each screw in semi gloss black. 

 

You will also need to make new grills.  Might as well replace the capacitors too. 

 

Heck, might as well just keep them at this point.

 

 

Here you go a forum member willing to sell some grill cloth..

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But if I showed up to buy them and they were a crappy restoration I would still beat you down on price because now it would be triple the work to restore properly. We just did this to someone on a pair of chorus II. Reveneer job With big puddles of glue under the veneer and wanted top price. Spray can of black with dry spray lines. He would be better to leave them alone and start at 17-18. I would pay 12-15 for them if they were in my zip code. But if they were a half azzed restoration I would offer the same.

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28 minutes ago, newworld said:

But if I showed up to buy them and they were a crappy restoration I would still beat you down on price because now it would be triple the work to restore properly. We just did this to someone on a pair of chorus II. Reveneer job With big puddles of glue under the veneer and wanted top price. Spray can of black with dry spray lines. He would be better to leave them alone and start at 17-18. I would pay 12-15 for them if they were in my zip code. But if they were a half azzed restoration I would offer the same.

 

Do it right or don't do it at all.  I bought some beautiful Chorus IIs that were re-finished.  I replaced the stands and found that they did not finish the bottoms.  I put on three coats of urethane and the bottoms then looked better than the speaker, so I refinished the entire speakers.  I also did crossovers and made new grills, all on a set of 'restored' speakers. 

 

The big thing is the amount of time to do it correctly, it is a labor of love because you will have so many hours into this you can never try to make money doing this. 

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