These speakers were demo units and purchased in 2010. Both speakers have undergone an electronics upgrade by Electrostatic Solutions. In addition, the panels were replaced and power supplies upgraded on both speakers by Wayne Picquet in 2015. With the panel and electronics upgrade these speakers are dependable giant killers.
This is one of the finest speakers you can add to your system. In speaker or component reviews by Art Dudley of Stereophile magazine, he usually favors Quads over dynamic speakers or describes how much better his Quads matched a component.
The ESL-988 is the grandson of the ESL-57, the first Quad speaker. There are very few audio components where you can trace the lineage and still buy working examples of each model. Quad really got it right with the 988 series, improved bass response and none of the arcing problems that plagued the ESL-63. Even though the electrostatic market continues to thrive, with service available, there is no US distributor for Quad speakers.
Speakers ship in their original boxes with owner's manual, original power cords and all accessories. Also included are the original black socks, original electronics and all parts that were removed during upgrade. Also included are upgraded feet for the speakers. Collectively these speakers are over 100 pounds. They will ship on a provided skid and will be securely wrapped. Shipping is recommended by LTL (less than truckload).
Shipping costs are the buyer's responsibility, if you use PayPal please add 3%. This is my first sale on Audiogon, check my positive feedback on eBay and Discogs as Surf City Records. Trades will be considered. If you have questions, please contact me.
Low ball offers will not be acknowledged, serious inquiries only please, these speakers are ready to provide many years of enjoyment.