The humanity!

@TheHorse (72406)
Walnut Creek, California
February 25, 2018 1:43am CST
I was hoping to have the second JBL C-46 done by today, but I keep finding small areas that need work, so I have to keep on plugging. The owner knows that I won't have this speaker done this weekend, and he's cool with that. His plan is to keep them for a few months for "bragging rights," and then sell them for about $2500. I think I have all of the missing veneer replaced now. All I have to do is smoothe things out, oil it up, and then add a protective coat of Watco Danish Oil. He took the other one home a couple of weeks ago. I'll only charge $240 for both speakers. This is a labor of love. I want to get as many of these "older" high quality speakers back into listening rooms as I can while I'm still here.
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@LadyDuck (176638)
• Switzerland
25 Feb
You should make a better deal, ask for the $240 plus a percentage on what the owner make reselling them.
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@TheHorse (72406)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Feb
I like the "simplicity" of my "billing method." I've done what you suggest on occasion, and it always gets "complicated."
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@LadyDuck (176638)
• Switzerland
25 Feb
@TheHorse It is more complicated for sure.
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@TheHorse (72406)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Feb
@LadyDuck If this were my main "gig," and not a form of meditation, maybe I'd go that route.
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@rakski (22081)
• Philippines
25 Feb
they will only pay $240 and he plans to sell it at $2500?!?! you are one great of a restorer! good job for you!
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• Redlands, California
25 Feb
You also have to take in the fact you do not know how much he paid for the original speakers. Usually it is a steal for the person if they are wise about such things where original owners probably do not know, though,. Still cool he was still fair about the price. That is why if you every watched Pawn Stars they always ask, "How much did you pay? They are looking to see if they can low ball the person so to speak also. Why most people should not answer that. Its always good though to be fair all around for those financially comfortable but if poor never answer how much you paid. Not to sound like a hypocrite.
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@TheHorse (72406)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Feb
Thanks. Yes, that's my decision. Even in bad shape these are worth a fair amount, because they're quite rare. I believe they're from the mid 1960s.
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@TheHorse (72406)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Feb
@crossbones27 I haven't watched Pawn Stars, but I have watched some of those antique shows. With really old guitars, you can actually LOWER the value if you restore them cosmetically.
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@crossbones27 (21285)
• Redlands, California
25 Feb
Hells yeah buddy. Love to hear that stuff. Hate people who jack up the price because they think someone is going to make a huge profit off of stuff like that. Called being fair and how a small entrepreneurial businesses stay in business. Now all we have to do is teach the rest of corporate America.
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@TheHorse (72406)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Feb
But I have the LUXURY of undercharging people, as this is a hobby, and I have "real jobs."
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• Redlands, California
25 Feb
@TheHorse So, real jobs are overrated, that is pure.
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@AKRao24 (21189)
• India
25 Feb
So nice and admiring dear friend @TheHorse ! God bless!
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@andriaperry (58784)
• United States
25 Feb
This is exactly the same as when I take an old beat up house, put the makeup back on it and make it a home once again. A labor of love and always hoping someone will love it back.
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@TheHorse (72406)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Feb
That sounds really satisfying.
@AKRao24 (21189)
• India
25 Feb
Wow! That is I am also interested in and I refaced my house as per my liking and taking the ease of cleaning is concerned! Thanks!
@Meramar (2702)
25 Feb
Your are doing a good job!
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@TheHorse (72406)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Feb
Thanks. I hope to have this big boy done soon.
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@toniganzon (53346)
• Philippines
25 Feb
They're lucky there to have you restoring their speakers..
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@TheHorse (72406)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Feb
Thanks. I really do enjoy this work. It's a hobby where perfectionism is a plus.
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@Hannihar (42069)
25 Feb
You are a good person for charging only that much.
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@TheHorse (72406)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Feb
A part of my reasoning is that I want this to be profitable for everyone, and for the speakers to be back in use. With some speakers I refinish (Large Advents, for example), they sell for only about $250/pair. If the owner picked them up at a yard sale, or on Craigslist, for $80, and I charge $100 for the restoration, then there's only a $70 profit window left for them, should they decide to sell them.
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@Hannihar (42069)
26 Feb
@TheHorse I see The Horse.
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@TheHorse (72406)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 Feb
@Hannihar Just trying to spread the wealth.
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@AKRao24 (21189)
• India
25 Feb
Wow ...I can understand your feelings dear friend @TheHorse! It looks that this work what you are doing is more of a passion for you than a work to earn money! I like people like you who bring a lot of joy in the life by restoring those one time champions back to enjoy now! Thanks! God bless!
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@TheHorse (72406)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Feb
Exactly! It's a passion, and one that happens to earn me a little money on the side.
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@AKRao24 (21189)
• India
25 Feb
I sincerely appreciate your attitude dear friend @TheHorse ! God bless! Thanks!
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@TheHorse (72406)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Feb
@AKRao24 Thanks!
@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
25 Feb
You are too kind and very talented. I bet you get so much satisfaction knowing you have restored these to pristine condition!
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@TheHorse (72406)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Feb
Yes! I want them back out there, being seen and heard.
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@Dena91 (4652)
• United States
25 Feb
You certainly have a gift for restoring them. I admire anyone who can restore things, be it cars, homes or stereo speakers. Great job.
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@TheHorse (72406)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Feb
I think patience is the main thing.
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@Morleyhunt (21005)
• Canada
25 Feb
Like my quilts...a labour of love...the pleasure is payment....everything else is a bonus.
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@TheHorse (72406)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Feb
Precisely! I would do this for free if there were no money in it.
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@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
26 Feb
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@TheHorse (72406)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 Feb
Um, did you send me your address?
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@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
26 Feb
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@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
26 Feb
@TheHorse yes J did
@FourWalls (15228)
• United States
26 Feb
“Bragging Rights”....does that include, “Hey, I’ve got this friend who does a spectacular job at woodworking on speakers”????
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@TheHorse (72406)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 Feb
I sure hope so. But...I doubt it. I'd be more famous if I could "twerk." If I "twerked," I'd probably pull a muscle.
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@FourWalls (15228)
• United States
26 Feb
@TheHorse — I can twerk. That’s tweeting with typos, right?
@teamfreak16 (41407)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
28 Feb
That looks like a lot of work. Good thing you love doing it!
• United States
27 Feb
how are you replacing the veneer? new sheets or patch?
@spiderdust (7202)
• San Jose, California
26 Feb
Is this the same speaker you posted a photo of last week?
@TheSojourner (17304)
• United States
25 Feb
As it should be!