The Speaker Spotter – Speakers of Craigslist – March 14th, 2014

There’s always something interesting for sale on Craigslist, especially in Seattle. Here’s a selection of especially notable vintage speakers and other audio products for sale on the local Craigslist. I’m not affiliated with any of these sales, but if you’re interested, you should contact the seller through the respective Craigslist page! Do click through each of the titles – the original postings contain a lot more information and many more photos, along with the seller’s contact information to request more information. If the ads are removed, the speaker probably sold, so don’t be alarmed if some links don’t work. Try searching for the keywords as sometimes they expire or are reposted.

It’s a good week for rare and unusual speakers in Seattle this week – several Electro-Voice vintage speakers, and the Altec Lansing Voice of the Theater!

Bose Speakers and Amplifier – $300 in Port Orchard

Bose Speakers  Amp

This looks like a ready-to-go kit of Series IV or V speakers, Active Equalizer, and an unknown amplifier with two very large power meters. These also sound fantastic. Series III+ speakers used a design with resonant acoustic cavities as opposed to the acoustic suspension enclosure of the Series I/II and also sound fantastic. It’s worth double-checking the foam on Series III+ Bose drivers, though.

Bose 901 Speakers with Equalizer – $250 in Port Orchard

Bose 901 SpeakersEqualizer

This is a great price for a set of Bose 901 Series I/II speakers with a working equalizer, and of course Bose 901s are a very musical and life-like speaker to buy. Series I/II have cloth rubber surrounds on the drivers, as well, so you don’t have to worry about refoaming 18 drivers.

Electro-Voice Regenecys – $400 in East Wenatchee

Electro Voice Regencys

E-V speakers are pretty rare, they stopped making consumer gear in the ’70s. They made some of the finest speaker drivers and their finished speaker products are incredible as well. These feature 15″ woofers, T25 mid horns and T35 tweeter horns. Very similar driver compliment to a Klipsch Cornwall, for example. I bet these sound fantastic!

Electro-Voice Hi-Fi Speakers – $250 in Bellevue

Electrovoice Hi-FI speakers

Electrovoice Hi-FI speakers 2

I haven’t seen these before, but they look very interested. It looks like they have the SP12 extended response 12″ woofers, the T-25A midrange (same as on the Regency), but are missing what was likely a T-35 tweeter. You’d probably need to spend $100-200 on the missing drivers, but I bet these would sound very good complete.

Klipsch KG4 – $120 in SeaTac

Klipsch KG4

Despite some water damage, these speakers are a bargain – featuring an exponential horn, two 8″ active woofers and a 12″ passive radiator on the rear. They sound great and are very efficient – my pair sound fantastic. The water damage on these looks like it’d be pretty easy to refinish, too.

Klipsch Speakers – $600 in Granite Falls

Klipsch Speakers

Always a good find, these black Heresy II speakers look like they’re in great shape. They’re one of my favorite little speakers.

Pair of Vintage Wharfedale Speakers – $100

pair of vintage wharfedale speakers

These look like they’re from the 1960s, possible a little earlier. I’ve never heard any Wharfedale speakers, but being a high-end brand from the golden age of hi-fi, these are almost certainly worth listening to and the price seems pretty fair.

Sansui S-1117 Tower Speaker System – $100 in Tacoma

Sansui S-1117 The tower speaker system

These get a listing because they’re “interesting”, although they don’t have a reputation for good sound. With a pair of 12″s in each cabinet, though, they probably can deliver a decent amount of bass and they sure look very visually impressive. It’s unfortunate one has a replaced woofer.

Speakerlab SKO Speakers – $750 in South Seattle

Speakerlab speakers (SKO)

I think this is the late-generation Speakerlab Corner Horn after they moved away from the Klipschorn-inspired design. These have been mounted angled slightly back on speaker stands. I’m not sure what to make of the whole thing, personally, but given the 15″ woofer inside the folded horn and the T35 tweeter, I’m sure they can deliver.

Electro-Voice “The Duchess” Speakers (1962) – $900 in Lynnwood

Speakers The Duchess Speakers 1962

Very rare speakers, but these are missing some parts, and I’m unclear from the description whether they are functional with the modification. Might make a good, if somewhat expensive, project to have a very desirable vintage speaker.

Vintage Akai SW 177 Speakers – $40

Vintage Akai SW 177 speakers

I’m sure these would make a great garage speaker – a 15″ woofer, mid, dual tweeters, and durable butyl rubber surrounds on the drivers.

Vintage Sansui SP-100 Stereo Speakers – $55 in Edmonds

Vintage Sansui SP-100 Stereo Speakers

I just love the look of Sansui vintage speakers with the scalloped wood grills and solid wood cabinets, often with heavy dampening inside. These are a very early series with a woofer, mid-range, and a horn tweeter. The crossover will certainly need to be rebuilt for best performance, but you’d have an inexpensive vintage hi-fi setup with warm and rich sound.

Vintage Wharfedale W-35 Speakers – $400 in West Bremerton

Vintage Wharfdale W-35 speakers VG condition 2

Vintage Wharfdale W-35 speakers VG condition

A bit smaller than the other Wharfedale speakers, and a bit more expensive, I’d love to know more about the features and differences of those two models.

Altec Lansing Voice of the Theater Speakers – $50,000 in Redmond

Vintage Altec Voice-of-the-Theater Speakers

Vintage Altec Voice-of-the-Theater Speakers 2

“A better investment than a Porsche” these holy grail speakers out of Redmond, home of an unlimited amount of tech money, aren’t for everyone but they might be right for you. Originally these were high-end PA Hi-Fi speakers for movie theaters, etc. they feature large an powerful woofers mounted in flared horn enclosures and enormous multi-cell horns coupled to compression drivers. They’re known as being incredibly efficient, absurdly powerful speakers and might actually be a better investment than that sportscar.

If you’re interested in any of these speakers, click on the title to visit the original Craigslist posting to contact the seller!

Do you know anything about those Wharfedales? Or own a pair of the speakers listed here? Leave a comment!

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2 Responses to The Speaker Spotter – Speakers of Craigslist – March 14th, 2014

  1. AJ says:

    I have four vintage speakers that have been in the family since they were purchased new back in the early 70s maybe earlier
    There is no identification, inside or outside, as to who the manufacturer is
    two large two medium encased in wood
    The front fabric panel does not come off which tells me this is not a usual speaker.

    Are you able to help ID them by picture
    And advise on the market value for them

    I am curious

  2. Bill Hammond, Jr. says:

    Hello! I have a set of Altec Lansing Voice of the theater speakers that I was lucky enough to buy from a Good friend who has since passed. I don’t know the model # but they are HUGE, I think taller than the ones from Redmond!!! We placed them between either side of my fireplace and the wall so they would NOT be easy to look behind! I’m 5’8″ and they are taller! Could you Please help me identify these? I can send pictures if you could tell me how!? Any help at all I would Really Appreciate! I dig your site it’s cool!
    Thank You!
    Bill Hammond, Jr.

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