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    Can you tell me what I have here? JBL Signature Speakers from the 50's???

    So my mother-in-law finds these speakers and gives them to me, and I'm not quite sure what I have - can anyone help me? It would seem that they may be a model C-40? I have opened the back panel but its difficult to actually get to the drivers. Here are some photos that took when I opened 1 of the speakers. These speakers look to have legs that attach. Any help, suggestions? Cabinets are a little marked up, but no gouges, etc. I am a newbie, so please excuse me if I am in the wrong area....Attachment 62737Attachment 62738[ATTACH]
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    They look like C50 Harkness model D40001 with:
    JBL 130A woofer, 175DLH comp. drivers (small "potato mashers") and N1200 dividing network.
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    It looks like there is another driver in there as well - Silver Bullet looking type driver???

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    It's a 075 tweeter so yours are modified as 3 way with two separate networks, N1200 and N7000.

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    The bullet tweeter is often crossed lower, circa 4KHz.

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    Wasn't it the case with 2-way systems, mostly E130/D130 + 075/2402?

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    Great mother-in-law !!!!!

    You need to buy her, at the very least , a six pack (of GREY GOOSE!) There are some great components within those cabinets, you did well!
    JBL 4343, JBL L300 Summit, UREI 811, JBL 4311, JBL 4301, JBL L5, JBL L50, JBL L100 , to name a few

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    I really appreciate the feedback.....thank you all.

    So the question is, what do I do with them. They are simply too big for my place. I love audio but these speakers are out of my league. I do not want to be the guy that cuts them open and parts them out, unless thats what I should do. Are these things dime a dozen, or are they revered in any way - it seems that some of the old JBL's are.....
    And if I am going to sell them, its either local or shipped on a pallet I would think.

    Any suggestions will be appreciated....

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    You have a pretty good grasp here. I'd urge you to reconsider how you place them, and see if you can make them work in your space. Such a windfall doesn't come often, and having a rather cool system like those is a unique opportunity not only to have a cool vintage-based speaker, but also a conversation piece that you can enjoy for a very long time.

    Placing them "for sale" here would be preferred to parting them out- you'll at least get people who are looking to enjoy them and appreciate their legacy, not epay flippers/strippers, but again, you have a little piece of american historical excellence there- pretty cool stuff to have sharing your space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martin2395 View Post
    They look like C50 Harkness model D40001 with:
    JBL 130A woofer, 175DLH comp. drivers (small "potato mashers") and N1200 dividing network.
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    I have a Harkness and always thought it was a C40.

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    You're right, my bad! C50 = Olympus, C40 = Harkness

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