This project is just so much fun, that I have to share it. Add to that the fact that this website has been so much of a help . . . here goes.
I have a client who owns a complete, intact hi-fi system from the late 1950s . . . it's a rare combination in a system of top components, decent system design, and wonderful workmanship. The original owner of this house bought most of the components in the mid-to-late 1950s (first mono, then a duplicate for stereo), and when he built this house in 1962, designed it specifically for the stereo system. He was a dentist who was afflicted with MS in his later years, and spent the last two decades of his life in a wheelchair, collecting classical music, and listening to this stereo system.
The current owner is just as much of a jazz freak as the dentist was a classical enthusiast . . . and we are very fortunate that he instantly recognized the value of the system when he bought the house. In his words: "we looked at three houses, and I didn't really like any of them . . . but this one had the stereo. So we bought it." But alas, the house is now simply too small, and the entire system is in the process of being moved.
Here's the original JBL speaker system:
8 D130s (4 per side), loaded infinate baffle to the garage behind
2 375s, affixed to 537-512 horns/lenses
2 075s, with L300-midrange-style slant-plate lenses (HL91?) stuck in front of them
The whole system is absolutely invisible from the inside of the house, covered with a grillecloth that matches the paneling PERFECTLY. The wall they're installed is filled completely with sand . . . probably a couple thousand pounds!