Anyone here ever build a pair of Cornscalas?

I've got a chance to pick up a pair of boxes to build a set of these fairly cheap. Anyone around here ever built a pair, or owned a pair?
The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits.” -Albert Einstein

Sony Playstation 3 for CD and Streaming
Thorens TD320
Modified Carver C-1
Carver TFM 42 and 45 Amplifiers
Polk RTA15TL Speakers w/Decato mods
White Lightning Moonshine DIY Speaker Cables and Interconnects

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  • verbverb Posts: 3,992
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, VTL 2.5 Preamplifier, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Project BoxE, Polk TSi200's
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  • aprazer402aprazer402 Posts: 1,171
    No I haven't. Interesting though. This may be helpful.
    https://critesspeakers.com/cornscala.html
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,555
    Having "done" Heritage Klipsch for a decade -- I don't do Heritage Klipsch anymore.

    There's way better fish out there in the sea for my ears, at any rate.
  • SIHABSIHAB Posts: 281
    Free Doc advice! Is this a party? :*
  • xschopxschop Posts: 875
    His advice was in layman's terms....run.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,555
    Well, I don't doubt that the Cornscala improves over the stock Klipsch hardware -- which was fun but (too) aggressive, relative to my tastes.
  • trav0810trav0810 Posts: 1,019
    I have owned a few different pair of Klipsch. Forte, chorus, heresy, a few different kg models, and I never really like any of them. but a couple weeks ago I spent a few days listening to a pair of cornwall's and really, really liked them. It was while searching for a pair of them that I came across a pair of Bob Crites cornscala cabinets at a fairly good price.
    The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits.” -Albert Einstein

    Sony Playstation 3 for CD and Streaming
    Thorens TD320
    Modified Carver C-1
    Carver TFM 42 and 45 Amplifiers
    Polk RTA15TL Speakers w/Decato mods
    White Lightning Moonshine DIY Speaker Cables and Interconnects
  • trav0810trav0810 Posts: 1,019
    It's funny that you mention altc lansing. One of the guys I met at this year's Carver Fest has a pair, I'm not sure the model, but when he and I were discussing these cornscala, he told me that he thought the corn walls were very similar in sound to his altec
    The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits.” -Albert Einstein

    Sony Playstation 3 for CD and Streaming
    Thorens TD320
    Modified Carver C-1
    Carver TFM 42 and 45 Amplifiers
    Polk RTA15TL Speakers w/Decato mods
    White Lightning Moonshine DIY Speaker Cables and Interconnects
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,555
    edited September 29
    I owned a pair of Cornwalls (1974 vintage) for a decade. They went straight to the basement when I acquired a pair of "A" series (16 ohm) Valencias. The Valencias have one big deficit compared to the Cornwalls -- the former cannot hold a candle to the latter in terms of deep bass. But, everything else the Valencias did was so much better, to my ears, than the Cornies that there wasn't even contest (again, for me).

    There's a harshness in the upper midrange of the Cornies that rendered them too fatiguing for me on most recordings. The bass was pretty good, though.

    I don't miss them at all.

    Note the mods and upgrades that folks do to the Heritage Klipsches. When they're finished, there is often literally nothing left of the originals but the boxes (and the boxes are often damped, braced, or even ported differently than they were when they left Hope, AK). There's a reason.

    A Cornie (in the basement)

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    A Valencia

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    I ultimately moved on to big boy Altecs.

    Free tip -- if the OP's never heard a pair of Altec Santiagos -- seek 'em out and give 'em a listen. The Altec fanboys disdain them because they use a sealed box alignment with a woofer that makes them a few dB less sensitive than "real" Altecs... but, unlike the real Altecs (i.e., the Valencia) it does generate some pretty worthwhile bass. The price of a pair of Santiagos should be considerably more palatable than a pair of "A" morph Valencias B)


  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,555
    Yep2 wrote: »
    Marks playing "hard to get" .
    Mention "Altec Lansing" & he opens up "Lilly"! :p
    Prolly give you his SS# if you ask after that.

    Yeah, sad but true -- sort of like Hobbes the tiger :|

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    (the very first Calvin and Hobbes cartoon)
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,555
    Yep2 wrote: »
    differently than they were when they left Hope, AK)


    OH SNAAAAPPPP!

    Mr Hardy "AK" is Alaska!

    "AR" is Arkansas....
    Hey, everyone has a bad day!

    Just ribbing you! :p
    derp. prolly too late to fix it.
    I wasn't thinkin', just typin'.
    that's never happened before!

    :p


    so -- here's what a Santiago looks like.

    9855835604_6fc3d689eb_b.jpgsantiago by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    ;)


  • trav0810trav0810 Posts: 1,019
    I think I've seen a pair of those before. But my knowledge of Altec Lansing is very limited, so I never paid much attention
    The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits.” -Albert Einstein

    Sony Playstation 3 for CD and Streaming
    Thorens TD320
    Modified Carver C-1
    Carver TFM 42 and 45 Amplifiers
    Polk RTA15TL Speakers w/Decato mods
    White Lightning Moonshine DIY Speaker Cables and Interconnects
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,555
    trav0810 wrote: »
    I think I've seen a pair of those before. But my knowledge of Altec Lansing is very limited, so I never paid much attention

    Things get interesting, if a little expensive, real fast when one moves past Klipsch and his Alaskan ;) products.

    Personal faves -- Gary Kaufman's A5s with 1505 horns loaded with 288s on top. Kinda loudspeakers I'd sell a kidney for.

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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,127
    The KLF 20 is the first vintage klipsch, or any for that matter, to win me over. Those pups with a baby Marantz can pull quite the performance.

    I then tried the MastersounD Evo 300b - 24 watts of 300b goodness - and goodness it was! Those speakers sang!

    Up until recently there was only one horn speaker I enjoyed and that was Luther's pair after he installed Jupiter caps. In 2018 I was able to hear the Destination speakers and those were fantastic. Then the KLF 20 were found and are quite impressive for less than 1/100th the cost of the Destinations. I did not however get a chance to hear the Volti room this year so maybe there would've been a fourth pair on that list too.
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Harbeth: 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Pienza, Certaldo, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S15, RTA 15tl, RTi12; Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, Legato Unum, Legato Semis, Legato Duo; Emerald Physics CS-2.8; Klipsch KLF-20
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: BoX, Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,582
    I would refer the OP to the Klipsch forum as there is a boat load of great info there on all things Klipsch, including this particular build. I've owned Heritage in the past and still have a pair of Epic. Crites makes nice upgrades, but, Greg Roberts of Volti takes it to the next level. Most people that visited his room this year at Lone Star cam attest to the impressive qualities his horns produce.

    After hearing the Volti I've set my sights a pair of the Vittora.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

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