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Old 2nd July 2018, 04:27 AM   #1
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Hi All. I have minimal experience with audio systems so pardon my lack of understanding of speaker terminology. I'm looking for advice on what to do with a set of vintage speakers I came across from a home I just purchased. The home is like a perfectly preserved time capsule from the early 60's. I opened the backs of the speaker cabinets and found they each contain a 12" speaker labeled "Stephens Trusonic 120 CX" that appear to be in excellent shape with absolutely no signs of wear. Each speaker is also connected to a dial on the rear of the cabinet labeled "Brilliance." Any thoughts on how much each speaker may be worth or where I can get a ballpark price, or am I better off tossing them into the dumpster when we start cleaning out the house? If I attempt to sell them in the future, is it better to remove them from the cabinets or keep the speaker/cabinet intact? I appreciate any feedback.
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Old 2nd July 2018, 05:57 AM   #2
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Those are valuable speakers. Should easily fetch upward of $500 for the pair. I would keep them in their cabinets.

Edit: photos would help in assessing the situation. I'm curious as to whether the cabinets are DIY or not.
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Old 2nd July 2018, 01:23 PM   #3
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Wow, I had no idea that they have a decent value to them. I've attached pics of the speaker cabinets and rear/inside shots, as well as the medallion on the front of the speaker cabinet. Not sure if the speaker cabinets are desirable from a resale standpoint. My next question is: where do people go to sell things such as these?
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Old 2nd July 2018, 01:42 PM   #4
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Stephens Vintage TruSonic 120 CX Speakers - What to do?
Wow -

Factory cabinets and they look new.

Hook them up and start listening, I suspect you might not choose to sell them.
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Old 2nd July 2018, 01:58 PM   #5
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You may have to fiddle with the Brilliance knob to get sound from the tweeter. Turn it back and forth a few times before testing.
Can you give us one more pic of the bottom of the cabinet from the back? Curious about the vent, if any.

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Beautiful! What a lucky find. I am officially jealous.
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Old 2nd July 2018, 03:40 PM   #8
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Glad to hear that they are desirable speakers.
Any thoughts from the group on the best way to sell them? Do stores buy these, or is online my best bet? I simply do not have the time or space to keep them. In fact, the next items I need to examine are the turntable and amp/tuner that was attached. I would love to see the speaker set go to someone who really appreciates these sort of things.
Phivates: I included a pic of the bottom of the cabinet.
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What a great find. EBay would be a good place and probably will sell easily given the pristine condition.

Btw, while fly fishing for striped bass, I met a guy on the beach in Boston Harbor 20 yrs ago who called himself “Shoreguy”. He sold flies out of his backpack on the beach.
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Old 2nd July 2018, 08:07 PM   #10
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Definitely eBay.

I typically list my items Buy-It-Now at an above-market price for a week (if for nothing other than to rack up watchers) then send them to auction: $1 starting price, no reserve, 10 day auction beginning Thursday at 8:30PM. That way, the auction ends the following Sunday evening when everyone is at home preparing for the week.

Works out very well for me every time. I buy and sell a lot of vintage speakers.

Be sure to have shipping options sorted before listing the speakers, and take clear, brightly lit photos from all sides -- sunlight is best.

If you can offer international shipping, you will most likely sell them for a higher price.

What are the dimensions of the cabinets?
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