Guest Blogger: 1948 Klipschorn S/N 141
Friday, November 21, 2008 10:03 AM
Thanks go out again to my guest blogger, Iain.
To appreciate this speaker lets look at some
1946: Klipsch and Associates was
Early 1947: The first production run of 12 units (S/N 2 -
13) were built to Paul's specifications by the Baldwin Piano & Organ Company
of Cincinnati Ohio. The high frequency driver in these was the WE713A. At least
one of the woofers was a JBL.
Late 1947 - Early 1948: Seven more
(S/N 14-20) were built by hand in a local cabinet shop. Paul recalls that no
more than two were alike. It was during these "experiments" that the LF horn's
"sinus" cavities were added to the woofer's back air chamber to maximize
acoustic capacitance. Component Designations: High frequency Western Electric
713A, Woofer unknown.
June 1st, 1948: The first Klipschorn to be built
in the first actual Klipsch factory was S/N 121. The building was formerly the
telephone exchange building for the Southwest Proving Grounds and is currently
the Klipsch Museum of Audio History. Component Designations: The early
production logs (1949) first make reference to the use of the Jensen P-15-LL
woofer. The production log makes reference to a total of 26 Klipschorns built
It looks like this was 20th Klipschorn made in the first
Klipsch factory which is actually the Klipsch Museum of Audio History. This was
also a special order.