IV. HERITAGE SPEAKER WOOD/FINISH CODES:
Originally Posted by gregzoll
All of their speaker cabinets are Veneer over Pressed Sawdust, along with a lot of other speaker manufacturers. Only the really high end speakers, are you going to find real solid wood boxes.
1. Until the late 70's-early 80's (and again in 2008 on Heritage models),
customers could special order a number of exotic veneers.
2. It should be noted that until May, 2001 there were almost 100 different
finish, grill cloth, and riser 'combinations' or variants that could be ordered for the
Heresy’s and up to 75 versions of the Klipschorn.
3. In the mid-late 90's, Klipsch generally ceased most special order
veneers and raw birch was also discontinued on most models, except Heresy-
II's.4. Material for raw birch is/was Georgia-Pacific cabinet/furniture grade 7
ply (5 inner standard grade plies and the two outer very-fine grade plies).
5. Risers for the Heritage series were originally optional, and there was a
long base for horizontal placement of standard Cornwall's.
6. Heresy risers were generally "straight" until the late 1980's, and were
still an option until the late 90's. In the late 1980's the "slant" style became the
general standard. Slant risers appeared in the 1970's on Heresy-Is, but are not
seen often. Currently the US version Heresy is shipped with slant riser,
elsewhere in the world they can be ordered with or without the riser.
7. "Oiled" finish refers to the factory application of a high quality furniture
grade wood oil that fills the pores of the wood and seals the finish. The type of oil
is similar to a Watco "danish" or "rejuvenating" oil. Oiled finishes require a routine
"oiling" with a light non-buildup type of furniture grade wood oil.
8. "Lacquer" refers to the application of one or two thin coats of a clear
semi-gloss lacquer sprayed on the cabinet and motor board prior to installation of
drivers. That lacquer was obtained from various vendors, and as of 2013, is a
#40 sheen, semi-gloss lacquer from Valspar/OPEC. Lacquer finishes only require
a routine wiping off with a clean dry cloth to maintain the finish.
9. For "Black Lacquer" finishes, the factory used a flat black lacquer
primer, then #40 sheen black lacquer, with a clear #40 sheen to protect the black
10. Generally, most veneered Heritage products had the rear panels/
sections sprayed with black lacquer primer. Starting in late 1983 and continuing
to this day, the rear panels of the Heritage models are now sprayed with a coat of
"textured" semi gloss, and a top coat of semi-gloss black.
11. An option to have raw birch stained was also used, but not often seen.
The stain was usually applied by spraying, and the serial number stickers
generally indicated this option. Example: H-WS would have been a Walnut
stained Heresy made from "raw-birch". This option was more commonly seen on