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Altec Capistrano 831A
« on: April 10, 2016, 09:52:11 PM »
I found these at an antique mall on Sunday. I have never heard of them but I knew they were special. I asked how much they were  and after a quick investigation on my phone  I couldn't get the money out of my pocket fast enough. There are a couple of issue's . One cabinet is lighter in color than the other. Maybe one was in the sun and the other wasn't or maybe they are two different cabinets and didn't come together as a set? The speaker cloth is in good shape but has some white mold in it. I'm afraid to clean them . I would hate to damage the cloth.I opened up one back to make sure there was no monkey business in there but everything looks stock.They are huge and take up a ton of space in my new shop. Any more info good or bad would be appreciated. Thanks

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Re: Altec Capistrano 831A
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2016, 10:25:45 PM »
Those cabinets are huge.  Each one looks as large as a console!
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Re: Altec Capistrano 831A
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2016, 10:47:01 PM »
They are so big when I first saw them I thought they would include a radio and record player.I even tried to lift the top up.

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Re: Altec Capistrano 831A
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2016, 11:24:51 PM »
Holy Toledo!  Those are awsome.  :o   A little quick research produces the attached Altec advertisement from 1962.  Those are basically a "refined" cabinet version of the Altec A7 "Voice of Theatre" system.  Same components.  I blew up the text to make it more ledgible, but the quality of the original was not too good, so you have to strain a little bit to read it. 

It looks like these came out in the very early 60's, when stereo was still in its infancy.  It is conceivable that they were purchased at two different times, to upgrade from a mono system to a stereo system.  Great score.
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Re: Altec Capistrano 831A
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2016, 02:32:44 AM »
ZOINKS!!!


Score of the year!!!  VOTT's in an MCM Cabinet... Unbelievable!!
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Re: Altec Capistrano 831A
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2016, 08:12:35 AM »
Thanks for the info. I put in about 20 hours a week looking for vintage audio equipment and you always find something when you least expect it. They were in a used furniture store/antique mall priced so cheap you would think I was a lying if I told you.

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Re: Altec Capistrano 831A
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2016, 02:03:34 PM »
Well you need to tell us so that we can all dream about finding some for the same price!!!
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Re: Altec Capistrano 831A
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2016, 02:56:00 PM »
They were $100 for the pair.

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Re: Altec Capistrano 831A
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2016, 06:00:44 PM »
These would probably bring $2K on eBay. 
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Re: Altec Capistrano 831A
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2016, 06:38:16 PM »
I'd guess 2 to 3 times that amount Larry.
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Re: Altec Capistrano 831A
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2016, 09:04:04 PM »
I have thought about selling them.I knew they were big money the day I looked them up on my phone. But I also realize I will never run across another pair. I'm still thinking about it.  I still have every console and radio I have bought.

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« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2016, 09:32:51 PM »
You've got so many you're double stacking them!  Guess that's what I need to do.  Hadn't thought of that.   :-\
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Re: Altec Capistrano 831A
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2016, 11:20:25 PM »
Awesome score and you're gonna love 'em.  It won't take much to drive them either. 

I bought a set of 820c Altecs last year and I can't say enough about them.  I bought a Sherwood S-5000II a few weeks ago that are going to drive mine that is after I get it going.  Here's a thread on the ones that I have.



http://vintagehifi.net/index.php/topic,1589.msg10670.html#msg10670

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Re: Altec Capistrano 831A
« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2016, 07:11:06 AM »
Those 820's are very nice. I am also still hunting for a Concert Grand but I see very few old magnavox's in my area

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Re: Altec Capistrano 831A
« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2016, 11:26:10 AM »
A Concert Grand might come along when you least expect it just like the Altecs.  I usually find things that I hadn't even thought about like the 820c Altecs.

I've only found 2 things that I had actually been looking for and they still weren't exactly what I wanted.  I found a set of Klipsch Chorus I when I was looking for a set of Klipsch Chorus II.  I found the Sherwood S-5000 II but was actually looking for a Sherwood S-5000.  I was happy to find both though.