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Picked this up from another member for my nephew who asked me to spruce up the cabinets.

 

I was quite busy so the Berkeley were set up and became the workshop sound for a month or so until I had time to attack. They don't jump out and smack you straight off the bat more lure you in, then when your drifting off they command you full attention. I really enjoyed my time with these.

 

They had had more than their fair share of tough love and someone attempted a fix up, which made them present well from a distance, but up close they were quite a mess 

 

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I removed the drivers 

 

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They had been freshly oiled so I washed them with mentholated spirits and steel wool 

 

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Cut the rounded corners off and beaded with solid American Walnut 

 

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I used a wet rag and an iron to steam out some of the bruises, repaired the scratches and damaged corners with resin filler. 

Not sure on how much veneer was left, I sanded by hand for more control against sanding through. Surprisingly was able to get most of the blemishes out. 

 

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Convinced my nephew that staining would conceal the repairs more and blend in the new beading, He selected a light teak which worked well

 

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few coats of clear and they came up a treat, but still look 43 years old. I cleaned up the baffles and touched up the chips around the drivers.

 

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I had a trip up to QLD and took the drivers with me for safe transport so unfortunately never got to see them back together. Didn't think it was the last time I'd hear them when I pulled them out. Anyway they are all reunited sounding and looking great. I have to head back next month so I be keen on a listen in a better room with decent gear

 

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Awesome work! Can you please be my uncle 😂

 

Cheers,

Andrew

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Great work there.........big difference between the 'before' and 'after'. Your nephew is lucky to have an uncle like you!!

 

 

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On 09/03/2021 at 7:50 PM, Powerglide said:

Picked this up from another member for my nephew who asked me to spruce up the cabinets.

 

I was quite busy so the Berkeley were set up and became the workshop sound for a month or so until I had time to attack. They don't jump out and smack you straight off the bat more lure you in, then when your drifting off they command you full attention. I really enjoyed my time with these.

 

They had had more than their fair share of tough love and someone attempted a fix up, which made them present well from a distance, but up close they were quite a mess 

 

IMG_2928-compressed.thumb.jpg.6af7dd917299b93f66e36547d9cc2547.jpg

 

IMG_2937-compressed.thumb.jpg.963bf6fb6b864d45111c0b7b3ab68938.jpg

 

IMG_2958-compressed.thumb.jpg.12ff784d8efa0c5fa7d58a0bf59cc5c5.jpg

 

IMG_2962-compressed.thumb.jpg.7d839b91ec7f37a340e8972c7865d7bc.jpg

 

I removed the drivers 

 

IMG_2947-compressed.thumb.jpg.0e4f5e45a881bc43a7483f27c2afe234.jpg

 

IMG_2953-compressed.thumb.jpg.e61820b9fb0dcab0a2ff7f5ba139ab4b.jpg

 

IMG_2959-compressed.thumb.jpg.b41efcff3b946dab9b77e80cae7d0b78.jpg

 

They had been freshly oiled so I washed them with mentholated spirits and steel wool 

 

IMG_2961-compressed.thumb.jpg.84a3ec63ff8e50b2a5aadef32a1a994a.jpg

 

Cut the rounded corners off and beaded with solid American Walnut 

 

IMG_2968-compressed.thumb.jpg.8ba33aa1dddf62a5213a6df0474ec687.jpg

 

IMG_2967-compressed.thumb.jpg.8b18233bc45e242995e44bb1e88a1c60.jpg

 

IMG_2974-compressed.thumb.jpg.8c739567ffdb3afc40c88292c19a67b9.jpg

 

I used a wet rag and an iron to steam out some of the bruises, repaired the scratches and damaged corners with resin filler. 

Not sure on how much veneer was left, I sanded by hand for more control against sanding through. Surprisingly was able to get most of the blemishes out. 

 

IMG_3019-compressed.thumb.jpg.9d3acb80bf1d32f816388fe48c07a942.jpg

 

Convinced my nephew that staining would conceal the repairs more and blend in the new beading, He selected a light teak which worked well

 

IMG_3022-compressed.thumb.jpg.96d4abea46c6f995ff800afc850085b5.jpg

 

few coats of clear and they came up a treat, but still look 43 years old. I cleaned up the baffles and touched up the chips around the drivers.

 

IMG_3025-compressed.thumb.jpg.8f4ebfb976a65bc5625f4456ea0ee028.jpg

 

IMG_3081-compressed.thumb.jpg.1e7a36789ebdd77495bcd618dd94d277.jpg

 

IMG_3086-compressed.thumb.jpg.d6481c699bcc443d1f6fa1dec5c1cc31.jpg

 

I had a trip up to QLD and took the drivers with me for safe transport so unfortunately never got to see them back together. Didn't think it was the last time I'd hear them when I pulled them out. Anyway they are all reunited sounding and looking great. I have to head back next month so I be keen on a listen in a better room with decent gear

 

 

Another lovely resto @Powerglide I must find the time and post my own Berkeley restoration.

Luckily for me the veneer and corners weren't as bad in my pair, however I did have to replace the black plinth and ended up going for solid Tasmanian Oak. 

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On 12/03/2021 at 8:23 AM, Zedamon said:

The final product 🤤🤤🤤

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You are a lucky duck @Zedamon to have an awesome looking Berkeley such as this, not to mention a highly skilled uncle as @Powerglide congratulations!!!

The Berkeley's must be sounding sweet with the Sansui amp. If I were you I'd experiment with getting the speakers off the floor and onto some solid stands, I'd aim to bring the tweeters level with your ears for when you are sitting in front of them for a listen.

It will clean up the bass nicely and make the midrange sound more natural while help to focus the centre stage in my experience.

 

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1 minute ago, Willmax said:

If I were you I'd experiment with getting the speakers off the floor and onto some solid stands,

 

They sound fantastic. I've never experienced a soundstage so vast. I have some stands in the works. Have some basic designs just need to find some fabricators here in Brisbane.image.thumb.png.6f4a2280b28cd016180a58f802aeb5a0.png

Should be able to get the drivers up to ear height and I can stop slumping down on the couch 😅.

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Below are a couple of videos with my Berkeleys playing some tunes: 

 

 

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Congratulations @Zedamon . Having a pair of Alan’s cabinets myself it’s safe to say you’d be feeling very happy with those Berkeley’s. Thanks for the write up Alan. Always enjoy reading up on your restoration projects.

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