Almost done!

@TheHorse (73382)
Walnut Creek, California
January 30, 2016 10:58pm CST
I'm almost done with the four vintage loudspeakers I brought home two weeks ago. They were seriously scratched up, but I've been able to sand them down and get rid of most of the scratches. One is a pair of Original Large Advents from about 1971. The other is a pair of ADS 570s from 1995 or so. I will attach a "during and after" picture on one of the Advent tops oiled, and the other (actually a bottom) ready for oil. Ommmmmm.
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@just4him (128384)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
31 Jan 16
Very nice. Soon you'll be ready to sell them.
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@TheHorse (73382)
• Walnut Creek, California
31 Jan 16
These already have an owner. I''ll bring them back to him next weekend. But I have some KLH 17s in the background (figuratively--they're in my kitchen) that I fixed and will refinish soon.
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@just4him (128384)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
31 Jan 16
@TheHorse You know I would have looked at the picture for them - right? It's good you have another project to work on when these are finished.
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@TheHorse (73382)
• Walnut Creek, California
1 Feb 16
@just4him There's a speaker in the background in the picture I attached. But it's an Acoustic Research AR-3a. Same vintage.
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@Elizaby (4078)
• Pensacola, Florida
31 Jan 16
By the time they are all complete they will have increase in value especially that 1971 ones
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@TheHorse (73382)
• Walnut Creek, California
31 Jan 16
Yes! A friend (a fellow audio geek) was marveling at the fact that a McIntosh amplifier he sold a few years ago for $500 now goes for $2500 on eBay. I have a pair of 1970ish Acoustic Research AR-3a loudspeakers that I bought for $280 and restored a couple of years ago. They'd now fetch about $900 on eBay. I'm just hanging onto them to see what happens.
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@Elizaby (4078)
• Pensacola, Florida
31 Jan 16
@TheHorse Hope they don't decrease like I have seen on some Antique road shows where they show a shoow from several years back and show the price then and now today.
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@TheHorse (73382)
• Walnut Creek, California
1 Feb 16
@Elizaby I think these old speakers will keep going up, as they're getting more rare. But I do warn my friends NOT to refinish old furniture until they've researched it Some old furniture (and old guitars) is/are worth more if you DON'T make it/them beautiful.
@kevin1877uk (36989)
31 Jan 16
Awesome that you have nearly finished the project of yours.
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@TheHorse (73382)
• Walnut Creek, California
31 Jan 16
But then, of course, I'll be craving a new project.
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@kevin1877uk (36989)
31 Jan 16
@TheHorse Lol true I'm sure you will be.
@jstory07 (71078)
• Roseburg, Oregon
31 Jan 16
That is great that you are almost done. you really enjoy fixing up those speakers.
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@TheHorse (73382)
• Walnut Creek, California
31 Jan 16
I really do. I love the way the grain shows when I oil them. And I like making something out of what might have become garbage because people just don't know. These old speakers were so much better than most of what's available today.
• United States
31 Jan 16
Lovely wood grain. So pretty. Real wood looks so much better than anything else.
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@TheHorse (73382)
• Walnut Creek, California
31 Jan 16
I agree. I've been working on the other pair a bit this morning. The wood has nice color but the grain is not as interesting. I can't tell if it's walnut (like these) or dark oak.
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• United States
1 Feb 16
@TheHorse Wood grain is far more important than color, since the color can be altered some (as you know).
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@TheHorse (73382)
• Walnut Creek, California
1 Feb 16
@ElizabethWallace Agreed. I can darken the other pair up, but I can't make the grain interesting.
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• United States
31 Jan 16
Awesome to hear you're almost done restoring the speakers!
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@TheHorse (73382)
• Walnut Creek, California
31 Jan 16
I have some KLH 17s waiting in the wings that were partial payment for some of my efforts. They should wind up looking good as well.
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• United States
31 Jan 16
@TheHorse How long does these projects usually last for you? 2-3 weeks?
@TheHorse (73382)
• Walnut Creek, California
31 Jan 16
@infatuatedbby Yes, about 2 weeks for a normal pair of speakers.
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• Philippines
31 Jan 16
And after they will look good as new.
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@TheHorse (73382)
• Walnut Creek, California
31 Jan 16
They will be VERY close. I'll try to take some good pictures.
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• Philippines
31 Jan 16
@TheHorse yes please do and show us.
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@TheHorse (73382)
• Walnut Creek, California
31 Jan 16
@nottoooldtowrite I will. I worry that I bore people, and that they're just being "nice," but I reckon a productive hobby is a good thing. And I AM passionate about music, including reproduced music.
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@LadyDuck (181864)
• Switzerland
31 Jan 16
Beautiful, I love to see the grain of the wood, I cannot understand those who kill the wood with flat painting.
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@TheHorse (73382)
• Walnut Creek, California
31 Jan 16
Nor can I. Unless (I suppose) it's for a theater application.
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@JudyEv (136523)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Jan 16
The oiled ones look really good. Are they for a client or for sale? I've forgotten although I think you told us in a previous post.
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@TheHorse (73382)
• Walnut Creek, California
31 Jan 16
These are for a client. They'll be "gone like a train" within a week or so.
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@TRBRocks420 (84228)
• Banks, Oregon
31 Jan 16
Wow it doesn't even look like the same speaker boxes. Job well done.
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@TheHorse (73382)
• Walnut Creek, California
31 Jan 16
Thanks. I'll probably oil the other one tomorrow.
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