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  1. Hi Tom, Great speakers, the majority of those scratches will be just in the lacquer and will sand out easily. What ever finish you decide the best result starts with sanding them back to bare timber. I wouldn’t be temped in just disguising the damage. If the lacquer job seems a bit daunting you could (once they are sanded bare) use a sanding sealant as a first coat, sand smooth, clean with mentholated sprits and then wax, they can be buffed to any gloss level you want. Very hard to stuff it up.
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    KLH Model 38

    The surrounds are in pretty good shape but think I need some of you new goo @RoyC I’ve spoken to some others down here that are keen on trying your product so might order a few together. Sydney is in full Lockdown with the Delta strain for the month, still nothing compared to you guys, Arkansas is twenty times worse off. Lucky I’m not locked out of my workshop …………. Yet
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    KLH Model 38

    Sanded up well I applied a light teak, non grain raising stain. This evened out the sun damage and the water marks, also disguised the repairs and variation between the new solid walnut and the old veneer. The colour is not that dark in real life, the close up of the caps shows colour shade closer to the true finish. First coat of two pack sanding between coats 3rd finish coat replaced the caps Fired them up - massive improvement with the tweeters, huge lift and separation from the woofer. What is the consensus with the fibreglass wool over the tweeter? Should I reinstate?
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    KLH Model 38

    I had some American Walnut on hand and made beads for the leading edges I sanded back the baffles and filled the holes where the staples and grille tacks were clamped the new beads in position should be able to get some clear coats on tomorrow
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    KLH Model 38

    Sydney has gone into full lockdown in the west and fairly tight restrictions where we are, upshot is the KHL’s have seen some love The leading edges were roached so I sliced them off flush with the baffles I removed the swollen material behind the veneer filled the cavities with glue and clamped the boxes back straight
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    KLH Model 38

    This may be of interest, is that S/N sticker how the American one’s are stamped?
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    KLH Model 38

    Little bit of work on these today, Sydney has gone into lockdown till the end of the month! Popped out the woofers and ordered some Jantzen cross caps. Worst of the damage Hate seeing pot plants on speakers sanded up well, had one tiny sand through trying to get out the pot plant water damage
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    KLH Model 38

    Yes have the grilles, there’s a few water marks but the cloth and badge are in good shape. any tips on cleaning these without damaging the backing
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    KLH Model 38

    Thanks Kent, nice to talk with you again. As you can see cabinets are a little tired, however the woofer is in outstanding condition, fibreglass covered tweeter. No time to open them up so I hooked these up for a little test run. Everything functioning as they should, nice lows, highs are a little muddy but sure they will sharpen up with some crossover work. Great little speaker.
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    KLH Model 38

    Hi Guy’s, been a while since visiting this side of the globe, been messing with a bunch of English classics. Anyway spotted some Model 38’s on the market close to me and after a brief chat found out the owner had brought them new back in 74 and they were untouched. I was around quick smart with $35AUD this afternoon. The cabinets are a bit dry with a few missing chunks but nothing to be scared of. Have not hooked them up yet but assume the cross over values will be way out. I can’t seem to find any info out there on them. can anyone help post pic’s tomorrow
  11. Great speakers Banga I picked up a pair late last year and started what you are about to, like you I was immediately impressed even in the rough state mine were in. I'm not the most tech savvy and trusted someone else with the cap selection - Russian paper in oil. I was very happy with the results but can't comment on change in signature as I only tested the originals for a few songs as the speakers had other issues that needed addressing before proper listening could happen. They are in no way metallic, even found them a little dull until I upgraded the tweeters which really brought them to life and deepened the soundstage. Positioning also played a big part in the best results, try a number of positions, I'm sure every room will be different. It took me a while to get these dialed in but now the have been holding center court in my system for a few months. Looking forward to your findings and welcome to classic speaker
  12. I recommend following through with replacing the crossovers and maybe even the tweeters. just finished off a pair and the rewards were worth the effort
  13. Nice work Kent, bet they sound great, hope your friend enjoys them
  14. Thought I'd post the last few finishing steps on this refurbish. Measured out the correct volume and replaced the glass wool with a more Eco friendly earth wool. As suggested I added a barrier cloth between the wool and the bass driver, I used some agricultural mat that I had on hand. Installed some small dials to the L Pads Followed through with replacing the tweeters with the Hi-Vi's Happy with the results and have had these center stage in my room since Easter. Simply wonderful speakers, thanks to everyone who helped with my research into refurbishment.
  15. Thanks Roy Options are good, the Hi-Vi's are available over here but triple the price of US parts express?, as mentioned in one of my other posts by the time you add freight - import tax - GST and the crappy exchange rate it brings them to roughly the same as the local ones around $200AUD, still it's cheaper than the for mentioned replacement tweeters. by getting my brother to bring some Hi-Vi's down last month cost me $44USD with the coils mods about $71AUD
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