PRICE NOW LOWERED to $26,500! This is an essentially
perfect-condition set of NOLA Exotica Grand Reference speakers that have all of
the latest upgrades to both the drivers and crossover that were available at
the time of purchase a few years ago.
they have been kept in a temperature and humidity-controlled purpose-built
listening room. No pet damage, non-smoking household. Cared for very well.
The one area where
satisfaction was not the highest with the original set up was the bass
crossover. The owner, Mike Hobson (of former Classic Records fame), was not
satisfied that it was fully optimized, and had Beno of Bernie Grundman
Mastering (Bernie’s on-site tech genius) totally rebuild the crossover to make
it fully balanced (RCA adapters can of course be used of run single-ended). He
also designed and built a hefty custom power supply for the crossover that is
light years above the stock unit. Powerful and accurate bass is a hallmark of
this system, and this one does it better than any other.
The grills for the main towers have been
stored carefully since installation and are in perfect condition. It does not
come with grill covers for the bass towers.
I am going to be very
conservative and rate this system as 8/10. Local purchasers can pick the
speakers up at my office. For shipping, new crates will need to be made. The
originals were damaged badly by a water leak in the part of the storage
facility they were kept in. I will consider international offers, but please
understand that ALL fees, including shipping costs, Customs Broker fees, taxes
and duties, etc., will be at the expense of the buyer.
Retail price for these
speakers at the time was approx $150,000.00. I am asking $26,500 for them. I
will accept only a bank transfer or cashier’s check (that will need to clear
before proceeding) for this speaker system. No Paypal, as the fees would be too
Here is what Mike
Hobson has to say about this speaker system:
“…In the late 90's, while
living in New Canaan CT, I had many opportunities to visit Harry Pearson of The
Absolute Sound magazine to both hear new gear that had come into the reference
system in his largest room (room #3) and to evaluate test pressings of newly
cut Classic Records releases with HP.
I recollect getting a
call from Harry one day and him saying ‘Hobsonivitch:
you must come and hear the new Nola Exotica Grand Reference loudspeaker system
from Carl Marchisoto -they are the best things I have ever heard!’
The next day I drove
to Sea Cliff arriving before noon and sat with Harry for close to 5 hours
playing record after record (many but not all of them Classic reissues).
I left begrudgingly, thrilled that I had never heard such a realistic
sounding system. I had heard the reference system with the Pipe Dreams that the
EGR replaced, which were great but not like the EGR which had the
"Gestalt" as HP described them of the live event. I visited Sea
Cliff often and spent many hours with the EGR system which I too fell in love
with. I finally got the opportunity to buy an EGR system in the mid
2000's and was able to get the special but unpublished "HP
modifications" to the crossovers, thus having one of only two fabled
"HP mod" speaker systems. The advent of 3 children as time has
passed has resulted in the need to move to smaller listening quarters and as
such to downsize my system. Sadly, the EGR, as great as it is (still the
best large speaker system I have ever heard), must now go to a good home for
someone else to experience what HP and I did many times over the years…” MH