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RE: Vintage speaker for classical that does it all?

Heresy's will give you fast transients, good midrange, and tight response to their bottom limit, which I'd guess is somewhere in the high 40's at best. (Paul Klipsch once told me the Klipschorns "don't do much of anything below 40.") Heresy's are certainly a good place to start, and they can really sing with a good 30-watt tube amp. I've lived with Heresys and LaScalas, and enjoyed them both for years.

Another option is Spica TC-50's with a good powered subwoofer. You can find Spicas for $300 or less. Not the last word in resolving and detail, but hugely musical, great imaging, and easy to integrate with a sub (set at 6dB/octave at 80 Hz.)

Or.. Braun. Their L710 especially was quite special. They made lots of them, and A/D/S made more of the same in the U.S. under license, so finding a spare somewhat-working "parts" pair is doable.

The little Maggies (SMG, MMG, et al.) have great midrange, transients, and imaging, but not much down low.

One oddball: the Sequerra Met 7 Mk II. More extended up top than the Spicas, if not as smooth, and *very* surprising bottom end, which no one expects from small speakers. Superb imaging and transients. I lived with a pair for many years, without a sub, and was very happy. They are, sadly, very hard to find.

Yes, the Advent Loudspeaker is whumpy down low, but they do go *very* low. Stacked double Advents tighten up the bass a lot, and even bring out something of a decent midrange. Bring lots of high-damping-factor solid-state power - the more the better. They will never be the last word in transients or imaging.

Don't forget Vandersteen. They are all musical, and it's easy to find used pairs.

Good luck.


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