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    Harkness C-40

    The deal 5 blocks away

    BIG JBL Horn Cabinet Pair - Harkness 1950's
    $900

    Estate find, a rare mirror image pair of JBL Harkness C40 speaker systems 16 ohm.
    23lb D130A 15" LF drivers,
    13lb 175DLH HF drivers ,

    N1200 crossovers,

    Thoughts ???








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    I'd be over there, checking them out... they're big and old, but if in good shape that's still quite a find.


    Quote Originally Posted by Pigboat View Post
    The deal 5 blocks away

    BIG JBL Horn Cabinet Pair - Harkness 1950's
    $900

    Estate find, a rare mirror image pair of JBL Harkness C40 speaker systems 16 ohm.
    23lb D130A 15" LF drivers,
    13lb 175DLH HF drivers ,

    N1200 crossovers,

    Thoughts ???








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    I would check them out as well. If the drivers are in good shape I bet they would be quite nice!

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    I love those! Hope you get them.

    So you're in Bradenton, Florida???
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    I've been wishing I was closer to Florida after the first time they popped up on eBay a while ago. Shocked they are still available.
    Currently: L300, C40 Harkness (030), DIY Cab'd Altec A7

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    C-40 Gone

    Pics did not do justice to how bad condition cabs where in, but didn't last long.

    Consoled myself my purchasing a set of KLH-32's NIB.
    From $120 to $30 and hour drive.


    Add the the KLH 17's I just got and we'll have a little herd going here.
    Any up to date sealing hacks?? They are really nice, but Xovers are SHOT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pigboat View Post
    Consoled myself my purchasing a set of KLH-32's NIB.
    From $120 to $30 and hour drive.


    Add the the KLH 17's I just got and we'll have a little herd going here.
    Any up to date sealing hacks?? They are really nice, but Xovers are SHOT.
    Absolutely hideous—as only KLH can do it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BMWCCA View Post
    Absolutely hideous—as only KLH can do it!
    KLH, Advent, and many others back in the day used cheap drivers, boxes slammed together lacking any real craftsmanship, and yet many of them sounded really good! JBL on the other hand had numerous designs with meticulously built drivers in very nice cabinetry and pretty poor sonic performance.

    Go figure.


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    In my opinion C-40 were better buy than this KLH. Not because branding but because shape of drivers are in. This KLHs look like teeth of time ate em. They look like they going to disintegrate any time now. On the other hand drivers in C-40 looked mint. I would go for drivers in good shape, boxes can be fixed or even build new much easier than drivers.
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    Best Buy

    C-40 sold before I had opportunity. $800+ very bad cabinets.

    KLH 17 9+ Free
    KLH 32 New In Box $30

    The look is natural and ugly pretty like AR's.

    Paired with KLH model 27



    Turns into nice rig. Mods to follow. Fun be had.

    C-38 cabinets are my next stop

    $50 and build from there. These are to be my vintage SUBS.

    Will A/B KLH's with some small JBL's for the prudes out there and "hear" what happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Widget View Post
    KLH, Advent, and many others back in the day used cheap drivers, boxes slammed together lacking any real craftsmanship, and yet many of them sounded really good! JBL on the other hand had numerous designs with meticulously built drivers in very nice cabinetry and pretty poor sonic performance.

    Go figure.
    Being schooled in a design discipline makes me appreciate the industrial artistry that is JBL.
    The kid-who-always-fixed-stuff in me appreciates the McGyver-esque, Gilligan's Island constructs that are KLH, Dahlquist, and DCM, to name but a few.

    Guess which one wins in my mind's ear?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Widget View Post
    KLH, Advent, and many others back in the day used cheap drivers, boxes slammed together lacking any real craftsmanship, and yet many of them sounded really good! JBL on the other hand had numerous designs with meticulously built drivers in very nice cabinetry and pretty poor sonic performance.
    Go figure.
    Widget
    I've worked on Infinities & Bose that had terrible looking, cheap stamped out drivers that sounded OK. Sometimes makes me wonder if classic JBL wasn't overbuilt for purpose ?
    Haven't worked on much higher up the chain than JBL, but IMHO, ESS & a/d/s rivaled them in both cabinetry and driver builds.

    Some brands seem mismatched ... nice cabs & junkish drivers.
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    Final

    KLH 32's where NIB
    Like I said
    Ugly Pretty
    Well constructed and tight box.
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