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  1. heykayde

    Why so rare?

    Hi Stephen! Thanks for posting the photo of your dad. I was there the day he never made it to work. We were devastated. I was bummed that I couldn't make it to the services as me and another office employee Tina had to stay behind to answer the phones. He really was the glue that held the company together and unfortunately it didn't last too long after he was no longer running it. That was when Cizek was still located on Stevens Street in Andover, MA. They moved to Canal Street in Lawrence after that for a short while. I really liked the Stevens Street location and never did get u
  2. heykayde

    Used to Work at Cizek

    Yeah, I see the difference in the caps now that you point it out. Thing is, I don't remember changing both woofers but I don't remember the caps being domed either. I know my serial numbers are in the 500's so maybe something had changed. It's a mystery. I agree the plastic cone is definitely not original. It's funny, looking at the crossovers. I actually could have put those exact ones together 4 decades ago. Small world.
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    Used to Work at Cizek

    Of course Sergio, Thank you. I would be happy to chat with Viljan. I'm always open to suggestions and I, like you, enjoy talking with people that appreciate these great speakers. I am happy to have found this site. You have all been very welcoming and helpful already. ☺️
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    Used to Work at Cizek

    Thank you Sergio. I really appreciate that tip and would love to hear them again, but Slovenia? I'm in USA. I'm sure you know how heavy they are between the solid wood and magnets in the woofers. I imagine it would cost a small fortune to ship there and back again in addition to the cost of parts and labor. Sadly, I don't think I could afford it. I'll see if my son is interested in that but it's not likely he'll feel ok about sending to another country. I can dream about it. LOL.
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    Used to Work at Cizek

    Not speakers but check out this koa wood on the guitar.
  6. heykayde

    Used to Work at Cizek

    Thanks. They really are pretty but sadly just a decoration at this point. I love the ripple effect on the tops. I wish I had kept the woofer, but nope. Cizek had closed by then so I didn't think there was anything else I could have done. I think the original one is in better condition than the replacement one installed when they were 10-20 years old and it's twice as old as the replacement. They just don't build things like they used to. I had brought the woofer to a local electronics place that I trusted many years ago. We spent some time trying to match the specs as close as we
  7. heykayde

    Cizek KA-1

    Wow JKent . I'm blown away by the research and work you did on these. They came out great. Kudos! I clicked on the link that you have here showing the subwoofers. Now I think I'm loosing my mind. lol. For some reason, I remember them having a sub-woofer that could be placed on its side sort of like a coffee table. Perhaps it was a prototype that never got produced or maybe just these without the attached stand on the bottom. I just don't remember the subs in a vertical position like your link but there the are. Thanks for posting this and all your other info on these.
  8. heykayde

    Used to Work at Cizek

    Sergiopx I'm not an expert on the specs but I'm pretty sure all the woofers for all the speakers were made with a paper type material. That was my friend's job. I remember her testing all of them on the production line. She'd put her ear to the speaker and press the cone down. I don't know what she heard but after the glue dried, some just didn't pass and she'd have to start all over. I think some of the issues were tears in the paper but I'm not sure about that. The foam circle around the woofers was probably 1/4" thick or less, similar to memory foam we have now. The cells were closed
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    Used to Work at Cizek

    Hi there Sergiopx and JKent and anyone else that happens to fall upon this. It's so nice to see such interest in these. Here are some shots of my babies. JKent, Yes, it must have been you that have the logos on Ebay. I doubt anyone else has them. I really should grab a pair so I have them. They certainly look like the ones we had. When we got behind in production, I'd bring a box home to remove the thin plastic sheet that covered them and attach some kind of glue strip on the back. My son was little at the time and last week he claimed to remember helping me. Child labor
  10. heykayde

    Why so rare?

    Hi there. I'm looking for people interest in Cizek both if wanted to purchase or info on restoring Koa speakers. I posted the following on another thread here. I apologize for the duplication but it seems the threads are outdated and I wanted to reach as many people as I could. Not sure if anyone still checks this forum or this thread but I had to chime in. I worked at Cizek in Andover, MA, then in Lawrence when they moved after Sheldon passed away. I was there when we heard the news of his passing. He was on his way to work and died of a heart attack during the commute. I never met
  11. heykayde

    Used to Work at Cizek

    Only posting here to make sure I'm notified as I didn't click on that tab when I wrote above.
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    Used to Work at Cizek

    Hi there. Not sure if anyone still checks this forum or this thread but I had to chime in. I worked at Cizek in Andover, MA, then in Lawrence when they moved after Sheldon passed away. I was there when we heard the news of his passing. He was on his way to work and died of a heart attack during the commute. I never met Roy but I answered the phone when Paolo called, although I never met him either. I started out in the factory assembling and soldering the crossovers then worked in the office purchasing transistors, Peerless tweeters, etc. The woofers were made in the factory by my best
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