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  1. Hello, and welcome to the forum. Which model.....KLH-1....or KLH One? Do you have any pics of the stands you are seeking information about? Each of these speaker models is pretty rare, even though they were produced almost 25 years apart.
  2. Hey, that new Smaller Advent cabinet looks so good that you might even begin receiving orders for new pairs! That's some really fine work, and it's clear that you have the tools and woodworking skills to take on such an ambitious project. Not sure if this idea appeals to you, but at this point I would take advantage of the opportunity to ditch those silly little six wood/velcro stand-offs and find a more integrated method to attach the grille frame - - this is what I am doing with my recent resto-mod project. Thx for the heads-up on the Varathane product, too - - - I know MInwax makes a "gun stock" stain which is a very similar shade of reddish brown. Your KLH Twenty-Two's look very good, too - - - is that a different grille cloth from the one used on your Advents? And, in your very first pic where you show the old cabinet with new veneer, is that an AR-7 or a small Dynaco speaker lurking along the left edge of the photo?
  3. Hey Henry, There is not much specific chit-chat on this site about Wharfedale speakers, but the members here have a great deal of knowledge about speaker design and construction in general. If you post pics (100kb size in jpeg format) of your problem areas, you're likely to receive some helpful advice.
  4. That's a great description, thanks - - including the comments on caps and stuffing, too. Too bad about that one cross grain blow-out - - it's virtually impossible to create any appearance close to "seamless" in that instance with walnut veneer, but it looks pretty good. Looks like your woofer screw holes could use a little reinforcement, too. In any case, these things look so much better with real wood veneer - - maybe only the second time I've seen these speakers improved in this way. Nice work! This thread may prompt me to post my modified Smaller Advents from last year, which is sort of a poor-man's version (lazy man?) of your project. Edit: I've never used that "gunstock" stain but have read about it before, and it really suits my tastes to bring a bit of red hue to the walnut - - - it looks really good on your project.
  5. Impressive cabinet work - - - looks so much better than new! Did you strip down to bare cabinets first, and could you describe veneer application? Also, just for posterity, maybe you can cite the cap values found in this pair.
  6. ra.ra

    KLH Nine Prototypes?

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  7. Format the images as jpeg files in the range of 100KB (not MB!) and upload is easy.
  8. Making your own is a great idea, but these woofer rings (under surround or spider) do not typically use 1/4" thick panel stock - - - generically, the proper material is 1/8" tempered hardboard, as noted on this drawing for the 12-inch woofer. When installing, the rough side goes against the metal basket. Now we need to see pics of these speakers!
  9. That's a pretty rare speaker model - - here's a little info that might be useful. https://www.audiokarma.org/forums/index.php?threads/wharfedale-w80e.579518/
  10. No headphone jack in this one, but last night I was reading an outdated New Yorker magazine and spotted this AR amplifier in a laudatory review of the work of avant-garde performance artist, Charlotte Moorman.
  11. Hey Toomuch, Welcome to the forum, and thanks for resurrecting a thread that's been dead for nearly thirteen years. The 4x is a terrific small speaker, and when properly working tweeters are measured out-of-circuit, they should be closer to 4.5 ohms. RoyC's advice is excellent - - - most likely you have corroded pot controls - - - it's very possible that your tweeters are still functional, but you'll need to confirm that. (edit: I checked a few more of these tweeters, and they measured closer to 5.0 ohms.) Your "handle" immediately reminded me of this favorite tune which kicks in at the 1:30 mark after "Tequila". This audio is authentic musically, but sorry I was unable to locate vintage video to accompany the music - - nonetheless, it's still great fun to watch. This song is one of the several anthems shared amongst my youthful primal tribe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKw0r0YBe_A
  12. Like Jeff has already said, that really is a great story. Speaker appears to be in fine condition, too. While it certainly wouldn't hurt to list it for sale here, I suspect you'll find fatter wallets on other online venues. A good listing would include clear pics of all six faces of the cabinet, and sufficient info to be able to discern which type of rear terminals this has, as well as serial number and AR facility address (Mt. Auburn St. or one of the Thorndike St. addresses). Looks like you might have lacquered mahogany cabinet (?), so you might want to confirm that as well. Thx for sharing, best of luck with the sale.
  13. Welcome to the forum, Giovanni. The AR-6 is a terrific small bookshelf speaker, so hopefully there might be something here which is useful to you. And thanks, David, for the translation. The original post info is much better now, but still a bit difficult without any photos. Schematics for AR-6 versions A and B are attached. This is purely speculation, but from your description, my guess is that you have a woofer circuit from version A and a tweeter circuit from version B. The added components (10-ohm R and 24uF cap) on the woofer B are found only with that unique woofer, so I suspect you basically have version B speakers that probably use the more common 001 "universal" 8-inch woofer, which does not require the added resistor and cap. I would think the performance of your speakers should be comparable to the other versions - - is there a particular problem you are concerned with? Perhaps posting some pics would be useful to describe your situation.
  14. This comment is from a 2014 thread about AR speakers, but it basically applies here as well. As for color, the original cloth surrounds were made from an orange-tinted cloth material, and with the butyl-latex (originals were not water-based) clear material applied, the surround looks orange or yellowish orange in appearance, which is 100% normal. Later, AR (and others) added lamp-black dye to the material to make the surrounds black and thus not be noticeable through the grill cloth. No real difference in performance, except that the early orange-colored surrounds seem to remain somewhat better sealed over time. Perhaps the lamp black causes the material to harden sooner. —Tom Tyson
  15. I suspected that probably your comment was mostly about size, and IMO, your observations are correct about what most people find suitable in today's balance of home accessories vs. interior decor. (Alexa, anyone?) KLH Twelves are indeed large loudspeakers and therefore have a limit to their appeal or usefulness. The inclusion of the brochure pic above with the sculpture on top and the low cabinet profile is meant to suggest how this speaker can begin to calmly integrate with a certain sophisticated interior aesthetic. Compared to say, an AR-9 - - which, to me, has very serious WAF issues - - and the KLH Twelve almost seems like a cuddly favorite house pet. OK, a St. Bernard perhaps, but......... Several years ago I stashed away that pic of your Twelves, and with the new grille cloth, oiled wood, and fresh badge, your restoration really does show off the beauty of this model. Typical fine work from you, and as you've stated, a truly great speaker. See the KLH blurb attached - - I always enjoy some of the informal language that KLH used in their literature. The Twelves are definitely worth taking a close look at - - - they are a rather unique speaker model. Price will be, of course, a primary factor, especially with speakers that have already had significant "work" done on them. And then there's the issue of practicality - - - you already have a very fine collection of excellent classic loudspeakers, and the Twelves do require a bit of dedicated real estate. But if you do have the necessary space, budget, and level of curiosity, most likely you will find these a very enjoyable addition to your collection.
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