I must admit I understand this sentiment. I have a beater LaScala. It has no drivers at all. I intend on getting only the K33. I have zero intents on getting the K400/77. Rather, I'm going to do one of two things (or both with a projector screen being the deciding vote)... I'm going to get the K510 and mount it on what will be a newly installed motor board for it (so I can have a cutout made to match and not have the holes from the K400/77 visible).
This will not only dramatically improve the performance of the LaScala, it will also make it more of a sonic match to use as a center speaker.
What I find interesting is, having heard the "JubeScala" and knowing how much better it sounds than a stock LaScala, there is absolutely NO WAY I can bring myself to touch the LaScalas I bought in 1979.
As I reflect.... they come in only after my EV's (bought in 1978) as the longest item I've bought and is still with me (yearbooks from school not included)
Doing any cabinet modification to "my" LaScalas would be similar to taking a chainsaw to my wife. Just not going to happen. Unfortunately, my configuration only gives me 1 inch above my LaScalas (being demoted to rear channel duty) to slide in the wall. If I had them out in the room, I would then simply put a K510 or K402 on top of them and leave them untouched.
Just can't cut them. They've shared too many memories.....too many girlfriends....
Interesting and I can sympathize . .,. Got a pair of raw birch La Scalas, one with a blown tweeter. So, I got Crites CT 125s and put them in for a couple of months . . . Then, bought some original K77s and installed them back in . . . Silly, but felt edgy not having my first La Scalas stock. Really silly, but I feel better. :-)!