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This is a very rare pair of Altec 820 corner speakers, mahogany finish. They were installed in the Dover Air Force Base Theater when the facility was built in 1954/55. When first stationed at Dover in 1964, I always thought it would be beyond imagining to have one of them, let alone both. I never heard them used for theater presentations, nor for any music reproduction. Decades past, and I wound up back in Dover. In the early 1990's the base theater was completely refurbished, and both of these wonderful speakers were declared excess. I bought them through the Defense Department remarketing system. Not only did I wind up with a pair of them, but the originals I had first seen so many years ago! The photos are as follows: #1 - front view, left speaker; #2 - front view, right speaker; #3 - sticker on back of left speaker (right has an identical sticker); #4 - side view, left speaker (back removed); #5 - crossover, left speaker; #6 - front of left speaker; #7 - side view of right speaker (back removed); #8 - crossover, right speaker; #9 - front of right speaker; #10 - top of left speaker; #11 - left rear corner of left speaker; #12 - back of right speaker (back removed ). The efficiency of these speakers is just superb. I don't know what the spl/watt rating is, but it has to be right up there with other high efficiency transducers, such as the large Klipsch horn-loaded units. Altec literature rates them as a maximum of 30 watts input power, but remember that these were made when only truly eccentric audiophiles had enormous 25 or 30 watt output amplifiers! To listen to music played through them is a true treat for the ears. Those of you running high-end single-ended vacuum tube power amps of 8 watts or so - this is your ticket! For a further bit of background, please go to the radiomuseum.org site, and look for the altec 820c corner speaker system information. So, audiophiles and music fans, here's your chance to own a true piece of excellent American engineering and manufacturing expertise, when "Made in America" was the acme of quality. They have never been abused with high (or even medium) power inputs. Both sound just great! I hate to part with these, but space and practicality have to take priority once in a while. Each weighs a little more than two hundred pounds. They are very large - 48" tall, 43" wide, and 30" deep. The cabinets are in sound structural condition, but there are some issues with cabinet finish. When the theater was repainted, the tops (especially of one of them) were liberally covered with paint overspray (photo #10). The same unit has a paint run about 8" in length on the grille cloth. The upper left back corner has a separation of veneer from the plywood caused by rough handling (shown in photo #11). The other speaker cabinet is in relatively good shape. The internal components (speakers and crossover) are identical for both speakers, and there is no sign any has been touched since being installed in the respective enclosures (all the original light dust is there!). And now for the "fine print." Some of this is driven by experience, some from knowledge of what others have encountered in similar situations. I know I will get requests for driver serial numbers, etc - or, removal of drivers to ascertain minor points of manufacturing dates, or similar things. I won't be able to do that. Again, everything is untouched from the day the components were installed. Although ebay requires a shipping/packing estimate - shown as estimated packing and crating for truck freight shipment - the size and weight of these dictate local pickup only (please don't ask me to attempt any kind of packing or shipping), at a time mutually agreed upon. Further, I won't be able to assist with any lifting or moving of these speakers. If you're late, don't expect for me to wait. Payment must be made by a financial instrument of unquestionable integrity (certified check or cash). The agreed-upon price is just that - no haggling upon pickup. Naturally, no returns. On Aug-16-10 at 07:45:00 PDT, seller added the following information: Please do not ask for me to end the auction early for a cash or other monetary settlement.