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I'm a user of the JBL L100. (don't worry about having floorstanders, a lot of the "bookshelf" speakers from the era would fit on no bookshelf you can think of. Lots of 12" drivers and massive weight from solid hardwood cabinets. still impressive visually)
The JBL does very well on its own, but becomes much more pleasant with a modern crossover. A few euro places do them, I went Jantzen. Paired with KT88 based tube amplification, I really do love the sound, about as flat a FR as there is in reasonably priced speakers. ( a pair can come for $4-600, sometimes far less if you get lucky. Mine cost me $150 in perfect condition from estate sale. The upgrading crossovers will add another couple hundred.)
I'm not going to point you to any modern items or subs, as I understand what you're after here, as much as some others seem not to.
A lot of Klipsch heritage speakers are very well loved. Klipschorns and La Scalas would blow your budget, unless extremely lucky, but the Heresy would come well within it (even brand new, I think. Klipsch still manufactures a few of their most popular classic speakers)
Altec/Lansing had some killer speakers from the 60's and into early 70's, $1000 budget should be able to get you a few of the nicer models.
Those CV's your dad has will play loud, and pound out bass, but will never sound "good".
Look around. Go to sites dedicated to vintage audio. Audio Heritage. Lansing Heritage, etc.
You tend to get an awful lot of all over the place opinions here, from people from too many different points of view, and a whole lot without the specific knowledge to point you in the right direction.
Good luck in your hunt Efflixi!