Hello there, I was reminiscing with my cousin about the "good old days". When quality manufacturing was done here in the US and we started talking about old jobs. I did some searching online and noticed thar Cizek Audio is still being talked about. How exciting. I have a pair of Koa wood speakers that I've never been able to part with because I personally spun the inductors, tested the capacitors and soldered the crossovers. One of my best friends made the woofers and I was allowed to pick out the best matching pair of cabinets that we had in stock at the time. I even have a copy of the article when we (the KA-1) made the front cover of High Fidelity Magazine somewhere around my office. I have managed to get new front grills to replace the foam ones that had crumbled with old age and they actually fit pretty good. At one point I had had a couple of the speakers replaced to get them working again, but I'm sure they would need new ones again by now.
Where were you when I needed you Heykayde?
I bought a pair of KA-1s a couple of years ago and was thrilled with the beautiful solid koa wood cabinets. Unfortunately the crossover was a mess, one tweeter was bad and the woofer was torn. Here's an account of the restoration: http://www.classicspeakerpages.net/IP.Board/index.php?showtopic=7521
I had to reverse-engineer the crossover which is, as you probably know, quite complex. Had help from a Cizek enthusiast in Italy, where they are very popular, and also from a friend who is an EE professor. Also had new foam grilles made. It was well worth it and I use these every day as part of my home theater.
About a year later I bought a second pair. Here's the story of that restoration: http://www.classicspeakerpages.net/IP.Board/index.php?showtopic=7858
Now if I can just find the KA-18 subwoofers......
byw. Since you worked there I assume you know how Roy pronounced his name. I've been saying "chizek" but some say "sizek". What do you say?
Lots of photos over on CSP but here's one to tease.