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    Westlake wooden horns!

    Back in October, we had an Audiokarma gathering here in Atlanta. GWaters shows up with this pair of Westlake solid (walnut?) wood horns. I have seen these before but, never in person. I found a thread in Lansing Heritage I purchased them for $400 and am looking for advice on restoration and value. I did find a link from Ifh in Sweden and mine look identical.
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    Indentical to mine

    These are the same horns I have on my HR1's. In good condition these could fetch over 2k.

    They made them using either Walnut or Maple as far as I know? Mine are Walnut.

    These have seen better days but are not beyond complete restoration. I would suggest finding a pro furniture repair guy who can router and laminate new leading edges on the horn lip's.

    Mine fell over during the Northridge Earthquake and were pretty banged up. I found a guy that did a great job blending the new walnut to the old.

    Ken

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    Thanks Ken. What is a good estimate on the repair? I can handle sanding and finishing but, to be done right; I think they may need to come apart.

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    Hi

    To be done right, I would budget 400 to 500 bucks plus the cost of the walnut. I bought a 1" thick by 60" long and 12" wide board. This way he could router it out at the proper circumference. I paid around 60-80 bucks for the board.

    Hope that helps.

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    Great find.

    Have you got any pictures of the rear of those??? How bout some measurements???

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    I don't have the measurements but, here are some more pics:
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    Hmm I have never seen westlakes with a wooden driver mounting flange before??? Hey Ken, What say you. Are yours set up like that.

    Audiopeasent do you have any pictures with a side angle of the rear of that horn???

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    Quote Originally Posted by John View Post
    Hmm I have never seen westlakes with a wooden driver mounting flange before??? Hey Ken, What say you. Are yours set up like that.

    Audiopeasent do you have any pictures with a side angle of the rear of that horn???

    John

    No, mine have an in-laid metal coupling. They sure look like the real thing on the front.

    Ken

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    I have to agree with the front end of those horns, they look like westlake all the way. I have seen about 6 pairs of westlake,s large horns out of the cabinet over the years including my pair. I have a feeling these might be the earliest versions from westlake. I will find some pictures I have around here and post them showing the different driver mounting configurations.

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    These look to be a early pair.
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    Here's a pair that sold for $200. they were in L.A. now Hong Kong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John View Post
    Here's a pair that sold for $200. they were in L.A. now Hong Kong.
    HKman will sell them to china mainland the price would be at least doubled,game done
    A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enought to take away everything from you

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    Last I spoke to Hong Kong owner they were being installed in westlake clones!!!

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    I assume that you guys know that R. Crumb came up with those horns and even features them on the cover of Zap Comix!


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    Ut, oh. Todd was BAD....

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