Sold: Some Big Beautiful Custom Hartley/University Speakers (Chicago Area)

I am regretfully selling a pair of beautiful speakers, as I am moving soon and have to choose amongst a number of large speakers I have collected.

These are a custom build circa 1962 for a couple in Indiana, Which features a pretty rare set of full range Hartley 10" drivers, and University T-202 Sphericon super tweeters - $650 friendly price

These are quite literally one of a kind.

The Hartley driver used in the speakers is the XP model; XP standing for "experimental" and in private conversation with Richard Schmetterer, the son of the Hartley proprietor, a little more information was found out about this model - it features the polymerized cone later made famous in the Hartley Luth 220MG white coned speakers, and was considered a transitional model between the 217 and 310 drivers. A very well regarded vintage super tweeter, the University T-202, is used to augment the very top end of the spectrum. These are housed in beautiful burled fruitwood cabinets, which are quite honestly the nicest cabinets I have seen on any pair of free-standing speakers, I believe these may also have been custom made.

The speakers have a few quirks to them - as was an option of a few speakers of the time period (KLH comes to mind), connection is made through an RCA type connection similar to guitar amplifiers; There is no real crossover in speakers, relying upon natural rolloff and the inbuilt filter in the T-202's; and there are "his & her" name badges on the base of each speaker grill with the name of couple - so the speakers are named "Arnold" and "Dorothy"!

These quirks could be addressed and made more standard fairly easily, but I have not done so, appreciating them as part of the unique aspect of this pair, and frankly they sound pretty great to my ears as is. I can include a set of input cables for the speakers to standard banana jacks that I have been using with them.

These are not quite as efficient as my Altecs from the same time period or Klipsch speakers I have had, and require slightly more wattage - I found the best match for them to be 7591 tube based amps and the best matches to be a Sansui 1000a and an HH Scott LK-72 / 299C. I also think they would pair well with EL34 amplifiers, and in fact, I was having a set of Ampex EL34 mono amplifiers rebuilt to use with them - alas, I will not be able to hear that combination. I have also used these with vintage solid state to very nice effect, though I'm more of a tube amplifier kinda guy. Anyway, my loss is your gain, I wish I could carry these with me, but I have to make a few hard choices.

I will include a book on the history of Hartley loudspeakers with the set and information regarding the drivers that was sent to me.

A little information on them and lots of pictures can be found on the following Audiokarma thread
https://audiokarma.org/forums/index...ul-custom-university-hartley-speakers.821221/

A history of Hartley Luth can be found here, which concentrates on the 220MG which this is a predecessor of
Listening #37

If you are interested in just the drivers, I would be willing to ship them, but the cabinets are for local pickup only, and I would give huuuge priority to local pickup as I would really like to keep Dorothy and Arnold together
 

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Oh, I should note that I'm also possibly game for trades - nice tube amps/preamps that I haven't had before, nice moving coil carts, mastering labs crossovers - just something smaller and easier to move, because the size is the only reason I'm letting these go
 
Well, that's funny, I have zero recollection of chiming in on these extremely cool speakers over on AK. But there it is, apparently I couldn't help myself. I guess these speakers were just too cool for me to keep my yap shut.

On an only slightly related note, zim bada, what do you think of the Hartley book? I've been tempted to buy one for a long time but have always been stopped by the price, not to mention the fact that I continue to be a little irked by how the guy scrubbed the internet of nearly all Hartley history just to flog a book. And, now that I'm seeing it, there's also a clear error on the 220 lineage page, which doesn't exactly inspire me to whip out my charge card either But then again, if you tell me it's really good, who knows, I might just end up having to bite anyway. Where else are you going to find any of this stuff? Not on the internet, that's for sure. Thanks, RS.

OK, I'm climbing off my soap box. Super rare and super cool speakers here, folks, at a very fair price.
 

ejfud

Junior Member
Those are about as cool as the big RCA's list a few weeks back. Someone will be getting a very cool piece of history that sound great too!
 
On an only slightly related note, zim bada, what do you think of the Hartley book? I've been tempted to buy one for a long time but have always been stopped by the price, not to mention the fact that I continue to be a little irked by how the guy scrubbed the internet of nearly all Hartley history just to flog a book. And, now that I'm seeing it, there's also a clear error on the 220 lineage page, which doesn't exactly inspire me to whip out my charge card either But then again, if you tell me it's really good, who knows, I might just end up having to bite anyway. Where else are you going to find any of this stuff? Not on the internet, that's for sure. Thanks, RS.


On the book - honestly, I wasn't really all that impressed - most of what I liked that I couldn't find elsewhere was in the old ads. I did get a slight break on price because at some point he ran a sale on it, and I bought it then. But even then, I felt like it should have been about half the price he was selling it for - but as you say I had no other avenue for finding ANY information on these drivers
 
Hey everyone, Arnold & Dorothy are still here, I've had a few full price offers on drivers, but would really like to keep them together, so if you're at all interested make an offer or propose an interesting trade
 
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