Originally Posted by LesLucid
I’m not sure where to post this so if there’s a better location, please direct me there or move this post.
I was able to get hold of a pair of late 1970s vintage Klipschorns, sequential serial numbers at a great price ($1,500 for the pair, delivered). I have already upgraded the electronics and have been using them “as is” and love the sound. They are “commercial” grade finish, just the bare plywood. The problem is that water got to the bottom front edge of the large front plywood sheet on both of them and was there long enough for discoloration and a bit of separation of the plies along the bottom edge, hence the bargain price.
I want to refinish them now since we’ve recently moved our set up into a nicer, larger, dedicated room. I have a cabinet maker coming out this coming week to look at them to see about the feasibility of applying wood veneer on site. I am just posting this on the chance of learning about any experiences folks have had doing this. Have any attempted a veneer job themselves? I’m not sure I want to try it on these as my first experience. Thanks in advance.
I have not applied veneer to speakers, but I have completed quite a few amateur veneer jobs over the years. The work I do is acceptable to me, but not perfect. I am sure your cabinet maker would do a much better job. I guess it depends how much you want to spend for his services.
If you are thinking about doing it yourself, go to Home Depot and buy a small piece of plywood, some wood veneer, some glue and a router bit that will let you trim the veneer. If you don't have a router, try Harbor Freight for your initial tool.
There are plenty of videos on You Tube that will help you get started. Try covering a few pieces of plywood until you feel comfortable going to work on your speakers. Without viewing the water damage, I suspect you could cut out the rotten wood and fill with Bondo or some other filler. Since you are going to apply veneer, if you get the filler level and smooth, it will not show.
People who do intricate carpentry will probably be horrified with the advice I'm giving, and I would accept their criticism. However, if you do the work yourself, you will have plenty of stories to tell your friends about the speakers they are listening to, and you will be consumed with self satisfaction. If you do acceptable work, you will notice the imperfections, but most of your friends will not.
By the way, if you have a lot of money and are not particularly interested in carpentry, hire the cabinet maker, buy a boat an go fishing. In the alternative, buy a Roku, subscribe to the Met Opera channel, and watch Carmen. Those Kiipschorns will make you cry. Spoiler: She dies in the end.