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    Jim Lansing Hartsfield

    Thought you guys might like to see this gem
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    Anyone else ever see this early of a Hartsfield?
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    That's really cool, but it looks nothing like a Hartsfield, more like C32.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don C View Post
    That's really cool, but it looks nothing like a Hartsfield, more like C32.
    I was just talking with a buddy and now I am wondering, it did seem a little smaller.
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    The last one I saw on Ebay went for about $1,200, maybe 3yrs ago, if I remember correctly. At that time, there was also the guy on audiogon listing a mismatched pair of them, which he stated were in the process of being restored and matched.
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    Soup-P.M. sent

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldmics View Post
    Soup-P.M. sent

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    Thanks!

    So it seems, I got all excited for a moment. I still cant wait to hear it with my Marantz 9's though
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    This is an interesting piece to study. Jim Lansing had died in September 1949, the remaining JBL employees were keepin' on, keepin' on, and through dogged determination were beginning to make a mark in the industry by the time this speaker was produced. The serial number on the crossover indicates a production date of April 1952. This is roughly a year before the introduction of the cast pot woofer motors, so these woofers were still built using pipe-and-plate welded construction. This earliest version "Koustical" potato masher horn and D-175 driver had the early round mounting flange. This speaker predates the JBL Hartsfield by two years or so, though it held the position in the line of "best speaker" until replaced by William Hartsfield's creation, which was introduced in 1954 to do battle with Paul Klipsch's Klipschorn.

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