Originally Posted by cawgijoe
If they are in excellent condition and the price is right, buy them. You don't know how long you will have to wait for the right color and whether they would be in the same condition.
It may be expensive, but Thiel should be able to stain them darker for you.
This is exactly my dilemma. Yes the Thiels are in pretty much mint condition. As I say, my one issue is that I love the look of a good speaker finish and LOVE what I've seen of the amber wood and ebony finishes of the Thiels in photos. Aside from the lighter colour not matching our decor, I've never been a fan of cherry wood either. But I've also pursued options, found some wood-finishing places that would re-do the speaker locally in whatever colour, and Thiel said they'd do it for me as well, if I pick the stain. I think I could end up with something that looks quite good, matches our room well, but probably just being cherry would never have the richness of the amber wood or ebony. I picture getting these Thiels, and then a month later an ebony or amber wood pair show up for sale….and would I have regrets? Alternatively, as you say, how long might I have to wait for just the right speaker finish to show up for sale?
I did a survey searching on line for Thiel 3.7s being sold second hand on-line, over the past few years. 5 out of the 14 I found (over 4 years) were in amber wood or ebony. Between 2015 and early 2015 there was a spike with something like 7 coming up for sale.
That seems to suggest that I wouldn't have to wait too long for some other 3.7s to arise. However, it might be an anomaly. I'd bet that could be attributed to this year's discontinuing of those CS models and Thiel's change of direction, and hence a glut of owners and
especially dealers dumping their stock (which is all gone now).
I still go back and forth every day…grab this pair - excellent condition, trustworthy seller, stain them as I want - or wait for a more beautiful finish, hopefully in great condition, etc.
Thanks for your input, I'll take on board any words of wisdom.