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Keesonic Speakers anyone?

Discussion in 'classic' started by neiljadman, May 25, 2006.

  1. Hoopsontoast

    Hoopsontoast pfm Member

    Sad news.

    The kolt uses a seas 11f-gx mid bass.
  2. quick-sand

    quick-sand Member

    Very sad news about Peter.

    I have a pair of 701A's. At the moment, they are in storage in the loft whilst I enjoy my KBM's. Kubs and Kolts do service in other rooms.

    Does anyone know what became of Peter Keeleys notes and bits - there are obviously plenty of people who appreciate his talent and would want to keep their Keesonic kit working as originally intended and maybe even upgrade - improved crossovers etc.

    ZPE, do you know how many pairs of 701As were manufactured. I bought mine from their original owners but different members of the family gave different accounts of how they obtained them. There was a suggestion that they were sold off at the end of a Hi-fi show (don't know which or when) or that a pair of (probably) KRF's developed a fault, were returned to the Cookham factory and a pair of 701A's were offered rather than a repair.
  3. Hoopsontoast

    Hoopsontoast pfm Member

    Good to hear of another pair of Kolts, really not seen any mention about them other than the previous owners of my pair. I guess there must be quite a few in peoples lofts?
    Or maybe in old radio stations, studios etc as they were designed as Broadcast monitors.
  4. Mole42

    Mole42 New Member

    I have at last got some KRFs, wonderful speakers!

    I bought Kubs when they were new and I'm still using them, and bought another pair recently as spares.

    If anyone knows where Peter's archives went, I'd be happy to know. Too much top line experience and expertise died with him.

  5. hifi_dave

    hifi_dave Hi-Fi Retailer

    That makes me very sad. Peter was a lovely man and great designer.

    God bless.
  6. quick-sand

    quick-sand Member

    My wife came home yesterday with a pair of speakers in the back of her car which, if size is anything to go by, are Super Kubs. If so, this will be the first pair I have encountered. Haven't had a chance to test them yet so fingers crossed.....

    One interesting feature is the use of a 2 pin Din socket on the back, rather than the 4mm sockets which all the Kubs I have seen have used. I remember hearing somewhere that Keesonic made speakers to be sold with a Boots hi-fi setup. Perhaps this is what I have!

    Now, may I ask a couple of questions?

    First, does anyone have a copy of the x-over circuit for the Kolt. Although mine are in use, when I bought them, they had been 'modified' by someone who wanted to bi-wire them. I think I put everything back the way it should be, but confirmation would be most welcome.

    Second, does anyone know anything about the Keesonic powered broadcast monitor? A few years ago, I did see an advertisement for some, I think, in Eire, but I didn't follow it up and now I cannot find it! Are there any still around/in use?
  7. sergeauckland

    sergeauckland pfm Member

    I don't know if the Broadcast Monitor is the oen i was involved with, but in 1975/6. I commissioned Peter to make us (Ampex) some19" rack mount monitors for use in OB vans.We also got some from Naim in Salisbury. If I remember correctly, the Keesonic ones went to Jordan and the naim ones went to Nigeria, but after all this time I could be wrong.

  8. Hoopsontoast

    Hoopsontoast pfm Member

  9. Mole42

    Mole42 New Member

    My Kubs had DIN sockets, I bought them new in 1978 or 79 from a specialist Hi-Fi store in Nottingham. I replaced the sockets a few years so with Maplin speaker terminals. Much more reliable.
  10. quick-sand

    quick-sand Member

    So I guess it's possible that all early Kubs/Super Kubs used Din sockets. My SK's have a serial number of about 1300.

    Of course, like so many companies which ceased trading in the latter half of the last century , no real attempt was made to retain production records.
  11. edjay

    edjay New Member

    Belive it or not, I found a pair of the Kubs in a skip!!! One of the bottom drivers is blown but all the others are ok. The number on the blown driver is: 800408 and it's 8ohm.

    Would you happen to know if I could get one of these so I can get the Kubs up and running for my little home studio?

    Much appreciated :)

    PS: Just read further on that Peter Keeley passed away in August last year, very sorry to hear that.
  12. edjay

    edjay New Member

    Mine are serial numbered 12579 and they have a small socket with a slot and a hole. Is that a Din socket?

  13. sergeauckland

    sergeauckland pfm Member

    Yes, standard DIN 'speaker connector. Bit fiddly, but perfectly sound for the voltage and current levels.

  14. edjay

    edjay New Member

    Sorry to be so novice Serge, but which is Positive and Which is Negative?

    I followed the link to your home page, very interesting.

  15. sergeauckland

    sergeauckland pfm Member

    It doesn't matter too much as long as they're both the same, but the convention was pin +, blade -.

  16. edjay

    edjay New Member

    Thank you :)
  17. Mike_B

    Mike_B New Member

    Hi Keesonic fans,
    I found this forum to check if my Kubs stored in the loft would be suitable for my new Denon hifi and downsize my large Celestion Ditton 25s (after much nagging from the wife!). However, I was concerned to read some posts in another forum about deterioration of the drivers in extended storage, as my Kubs had been in storage for 30 years.
    Today, I opened the box and sadly found the cones on both bass drivers were seized, so it looks like I will have to buy some new speakers, not having time to look for new drivers and repair the Kubs. I assume the cases would be of use to an enthusiast who has spare drivers and I would like to ask the forum where would be the best place to advertise them (eBay?). The speakers are in teak finish, boxed and in 100%, unmarked, totally as-new condition (serial number 16115). If anyone on this forum is interested, I live near High Wycombe in Bucks.
    Thanks for any advice.
  18. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

  19. Mole42

    Mole42 New Member

    If you wait a week or two you could buy my Keesonic Rangers, specially made for the previous owner at the factory in Cookham. They are in Bristol, much nearer to Oxford! I bought these and used them to replace my KRFs but now I have the KBM which I prefer.

  20. Hoopsontoast

    Hoopsontoast pfm Member

    Blimey, they are rare, never seen a pair of the Rangers for sale! I have the Kolts which I believe share the same mid/tweeter?

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