Selling my pair of LaScala’s that I have upgraded from stock in the following ways:
The stock K77 tweeters and K55V midrange horns have been wrapped in sound dampening sheets to address any “ringing” and “shoutiness” associated with the stock configuration.
The stock crossovers have been replaced with ALK Engineering “AK” crossovers. At this age, all stock crossovers should be replaced. However, the ALK crossovers are way better, with excellent part selections and great sonics.
All wiring has been upgraded. The K77 tweeters are wired with 30”x4 braids of 23-gage pure silver wire. The midrange horns are wired with 18”x2 braids of 18-gage Silver-Sonic AG-18 wire, and the woofers are wired with 36” runs of 12-gage Silver-Sonic OFH-12 silver coated OSC copper wire. Silver wire improves the speed of these already fast horn drivers.
Note that I have experimented with various tweeters, including the Crites CT-125 (direct-insert replacements for K77’s), Beyma CP-25’s, and Fane ST5020’s. Each offered some improvement, but the Fanes are my favorite. The Fanes are the smoothest while still super fast and providing loads of refined detail. Both the Beymas and the Fanes must sit atop the speakers, and both are available (see below).
For the sake of originality, the original AA crossovers are included, though you won’t want to go back to them over the ALK Xovers. The upgrades I’ve installed are based on the research/experience of a number of die-hard Klipsch aficionados, and improve the LaScalas significantly – they are faster, more transparent, less colored/shouty, and not at all aggressive Everything a horn should be and shouldn’t be. I ran these with 8-watt 300B tube monoblocks to great effect.
The condition is generally good – the normal amount of dings you’d expect for a pair of 30 year-old speakers. HOWEVER – the top of one speaker has water damage (leaky plant, prior owner), which in my mind brings the rating down to 5 out of 10. If I were going to keep the speakers, I’d have Baltic Birch veneer sheets applied to the tops, to match the Baltic Birch plywood the speakers are made of. I’m selling because the LaScalas need more room than the 12x12 space I currently have them in.
I am asking $950 for the speakers with stock drivers, silver wiring and ALK Xovers (the wire cost $310 and the Xovers list at $560 – total value of $870). By meeting my asking price, I’m willing to sell the pair of Beyma CP-25 tweeters for $100 (retail value of $300) and/or the Fanes for $250.
I am located in Port Townsend (Washington State) and will only sell locally. If you are serious, you are welcome to audition these speakers. I might be willing to drive them into Seattle for the cost of truck rental and gas, if all costs are paid prior to my delivery. More questions: feel free to email or call 360-301-3989 (Peter).