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07-13-2015, 07:27 AM
Guys, I just had one of those mornings.

Woke up, had some breakfast, checked the news on the computer, figured I'd search craigslist for "JBL".

I see this ad, 4345s, with some McIntosh gear, "Make offer".n So I contact the gentleman, tell him I'm a JBL enthusiast (not an eBay flipper) and would love to have those speakers.

$3000 bucks later, here I am. A pair of 4345s and a McIntosh C32, MC 2205 and MC 2105. The 4345s need refoaming, but the cabinets are mint, except for a few stains which could be easily sanded/oiled out (I have the grilles and lenses in my truck, just not in the picture). The C32 Preamp is mint, the MC 2205 has cracked glass unfortunately, and the MC 2105 is mint (including the cabinet).


07-13-2015, 07:50 AM
Score of the century!

07-13-2015, 08:02 AM

07-13-2015, 08:18 AM
Hey Greg,

Congratulations, you are gonna love those big 4ways.

Time to shop for a house!


I have a pair of RCobb surrounds I can ship this week if you'd like.

07-13-2015, 08:29 AM
The timing is crazy. We just bought a house yesterday, we close at the end of August.

I'll probably just let these sit for awhile. I want to take it slow and make sure everything is A-OK (especially with the amps). Long story short the seller's father in law was a music professor from Japan and this was all his gear. I actually didn't get to try them out, I took his word that they worked. I figured even if a few of the drivers were duds it would still be worth it, especially since I'm not trying to sell them anyways.

I think in the future I'm going to take all of my McIntosh gear to a local authorized service center and have them go through each piece to just give them clean bills of health.


Also, what blows my mind is these were on CL for 19 hours. How is that possible? I guess banks are closed on Sundays, but still. That's crazy. Maybe people were really low balling him since it just said "make offer"?

I'll post more pictures tonight after work. Then I can evaluate everything a little more closely.

07-13-2015, 08:43 AM
I'll probably just let these sit for awhile.?

You certainly have more patience than than I do. :)

07-13-2015, 08:45 AM
Nice score, welcome to the 4345 club. It will take a few dollars to get them up to snuff, but I can't think of a better investment. :D

07-13-2015, 08:53 AM
Sounds like a spectacular stroke of luck and timing!!
Kudos to you!

Lee in Montreal
07-13-2015, 09:44 AM
Wow. That's definitely a great deal. ;-)

07-13-2015, 10:14 AM
Great Score!

I'm not a McIntosh expert, but I've heard Mac will check them out and make them perfect again if you send them in. Not sure about the cost. I hear they'll even replace the front glass panels with perfectly matching new ones.

Enjoy your find!

Doc Mark
07-13-2015, 11:08 AM
Good Morning, Greg,

WOW!! What a fantastic find!! I'm not one who believes in "luck", but rather than that you were meant to find this awesome treasure trove of JBL/Mac goodies!! Well done, and hearty congratulations, Sir!!! I look forward to seeing it all up and running, when you have time to make it so!! Have fun, and God Bless!

Every Good Wish,

Earl K
07-13-2015, 11:16 AM
What a great house warming gift !


Mr. Widget
07-13-2015, 04:57 PM

That is really a wonderful haul. And people say all the JBLs are in California. :)


07-13-2015, 05:09 PM
Oh man, are you in for some fun now!!!

Congratulations on the CL purchase . . . and the house. Wow!

07-13-2015, 05:55 PM
"Cool beans" :)

07-13-2015, 06:15 PM
Yaaaaa Baby!

07-13-2015, 08:25 PM
Outstanding! Appreciate your sharing your unassuming joy.

Not familiar with the preamp, but the 2205 is a quite serviceable amp I would use for the upper three elements and get a non autoformer solid state amp for the woofers.