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RCA LC1As - value?

Posted on August 23, 2007 at 15:42:24

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(Cross-posted from the Vintage Forum.)

I've had a pair of RCA LC1As (the original MI-11411 driver, first version with the ribbed cone) for a long time now. One of them is very clean and about an 8.5/10. The other driver is a little rough, and its surround has some crackling and deterioration... but it is repairable.

In addition, I also have a pair of the original furnace cabinets... both of which are very rough and are going to need a lot of tender loving care to be restored (cracked veneer, chips and dings all over).

Does anyone have a fairly educated opinion on the value of the whole shebang... drivers and cabinets together? I'm considering selling them and want to verify my estimate before I do so.

Thanks in advance for the help.


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RE: RCA LC1As - value?, posted on August 23, 2007 at 19:11:22

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I'll carry them out of the house and dispose of them properly for you. Thanks


RE: RCA LC1As - value?, posted on August 24, 2007 at 10:13:10
Jeff Joseph

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It depends on which version you have, and its condition.

The most desirable version of the LC-1A has the paper diffusors on the woofer cone, and metal butterfly flange on the tweeter.

That version can sell for $800 per speaker or more, but value falls rapidly with condition.

The LC1 precedes that and has no diffusors on the woofer. I would estimate its value at one third to one half the LC 1A.

The LC1B looks like an LC1A from the front, but has a different magnet system.

Your best bet is to sell the drivers by themselves, as they are easy to ship internationally.

The cabinets have very little value on their own, and would add little value to the drivers unless you have a local buyer.

I actually had a pair of LC1A's and never got around to building a second cabinet for them. They were totalled by our insurance.


RE: RCA LC1As - value?, posted on August 16, 2020 at 08:45:11
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Hello everyone,

I do not know if anyone will see this post to this older thread; however, here it goes.

I am in the middle of planning a restoration of a pair of RCA LC-1A (MI-11411) / MI-11401 Speaker Cabinets.

I would like to do a very accurate restoration including the three colors of the cabinet:




I am in conversations with extremely informative audiophiles with knowledge for the cabinets and would welcome others as well who own a pair of these units.

In addition, the woven nylon grill cloths, nickel plated metal bands and rear decals need to be replaced.

Many thanks in advance.


RE: RCA LC1As - value?, posted on September 1, 2020 at 01:11:28
Cheal Sy

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Interested in this, keep us posted.


RE: RCA LC1As - value?, posted on September 2, 2020 at 07:11:14

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former owner of a bunch of lc1a,lc1b,lc1c here.

about 20 years they used to go for $500-800 for a single in ok to good condition. a really good pair would fetch $2000 (for pair) . this was at a time when the venerable altec 505b was only $450 a pair. but that was 20 years ago.

now? the units are 20 years older. fewer to go around now. scarcity means that market prices cant be easily established. the rca speakers were never really robust (tweeter fragile and cone/surround not really industrial;) ; and, buyers are fewer and furthar apart (so no easy way to inspect and hear). so even though they are rarer, the risk factor is much higher. so i wont be surprised if the so-so units are cheaper now. the goods will probably hold mody og their value of 20 years ago but it might take 2+ months to find suitable buyers.


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