Finished my Cornwalls

Discussion in 'The Klipsch Korner' started by costerdock, May 30, 2011.

  1. costerdock

    costerdock Super Member

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    My Cornwalls are back in the house after some upgrades.

    I've sent the cabinets out to Luke Austin in Emeryville CA for a refinish - I ended up having them veneered in Mahogany with a nice edge in Ebony. Luke did a great job and his prices are very reasonable - I highly recommend him - great service, advice and a great finished product.

    Austin / Furniture Workshop

    I could have done the refinishing myself - however I leave that to the pros - I'll work on the internals - however pro painting/wood work - no way - I'll mess it up and it will drive me nuts.

    While the cabinets were being refinished - I freshened the internals:
    Crites - Crossover rebuilt kit, Crites CT 125 tweeters, Cast Frame Woofers and Squawker gaskit. My original woofers were in nice shape - however the coloring was off between the two and one had a crinkled dust cap - so I thought what the heck - let's do the woofers.

    I've gotta give props to Chris King - whose CWs inspired mine.

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    These speakers sound amazing - I picked up a new 180 gram Cat Steven's Tea 4 tilerman album - wow - the sound of the acoustic guitar gave me shivers.

    I thank this forum for turning me on to these speakers.

    Thanks,
     

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  2. tyler8

    tyler8 Active Member

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    Stunning.........................., just stunning.

    Notice any difference between old and new woofers?
     
  3. LAB3

    LAB3 AK Member

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    Nice...:thmbsp: with the grills removed they look even Bigger. What year were they made?
     
  4. costerdock

    costerdock Super Member

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    Thanks very much - they are 77 cornwalls.

    I cannot objectively tell any difference since they have been gone for close to 2 months. I know they sound really good and the bass is very strong without being overbearing (like my old sub/sat combo) I feel there is more bass and more highs however I do have a new preamp so that also clouds things - just too many changes at once.

    Thanks again
     
  5. macyjrm

    macyjrm AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I was real happy with mine (1982) until I saw this post. Gents the bar has been lifted.
     
  6. LAB3

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    Mine were my Dad's we picked up new in 1979 with the risers. Pop had them veneered piano gloss black.:tears: They were unfinished and I thought he was going to stain them.
    They still look like new and now my den has all black speakers, flatt screen, TV cabinet/stand etc so everything matches.:D


    EDIT Is there any way the black veneer can be removed and the natural finish could be stained or have them done like yours???:scratch2:
     
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  7. Frank Sol

    Frank Sol AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Oh wow! Superb are they

    Congrats
     
  8. invalidbuffa

    invalidbuffa Audio tinkerer Subscriber

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    :jawdrop: Those are sexy! :thmbsp:
     
  9. cubdog

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    Beautiful!

    cubdog
     
  10. hibuckhobby

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    Makes me want to start on my Cornies...and I just got them!
     
  11. mr.jones

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    Very nice!
     
  12. costerdock

    costerdock Super Member

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    Thanks again everyone and LAB3 - you may want to look into veneer - seems cheaper than stripping and refinishing not to mention you can pick from some very nice finishes.
     
  13. LAB3

    LAB3 AK Member

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    You mean veneer over the black veneer Pop had installed 30 years ago?? Custom cabinet shop did mine like yours but not the front. I have the black grills on that hide the speakers. I am shocked they still look so good and have NOT seperated from the orginal wood from 1979.
     
  14. Zembonez

    Zembonez Also Available In Sober

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    Beautiful work! :thmbsp:
     
  15. JBCobra

    JBCobra JBCobra

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    Those may be the nicest on the plant:yes:
     
  16. SPL db

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    Very nice, if they sound half as good as they look, they must be amazing!

    Scott
     
  17. harleyrider

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    You should be proud :thmbsp:, they are very beautiful . If they sound 1/2 as good as they look which i am sure they do what else could you want ...........:yes:
     
  18. nickrobotron

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  20. libertycaps

    libertycaps Analogue "AAA" vinyl.

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    Pretty flash, man!

    Front mount replacement woofs are on the way for my II's, but i'm definitely leaving the cosmetics & architecture stock.
     

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