Chartwell LS3/5a Speakers. RARE 15 ohm 1976 Matched Pair Excellent Condition!!
This is a superb set of LS3/5a's. A matched pair of Chartwells, considered by many to be the best of all the LS3/5a and very rare - and also the most desirable 15 ohm version. This pair is dated 1976 and was originally purchased from a HiFi shop in London in 1977. I know this because these came from the original owner along with another pair from 1977 (which I am also selling in a separate listing) which were purchased at the same time... The original owner bought both sets so that he could use a switcher box and listen to radio in two of his rooms. It is my understanding that this is all they have been used for... they have had an easy life!
The condition is overall excellent with minor blemishes to report (see main description) and in perfect working order - housed in some of the best cabinets I have seen with no dented corners, no cup rings and only one previous owner!! These are superb speakers
This pair are the earliest of the two sets we have available, with serial numbers of 947 and 948. The speakers are completely original and work perfectly. There are no dents or marks on the cabinets other than a couple of insignificant blemishes, very hard to spot and one small scratch near the edge of one of the grilles that is hardly noticeable. The undersides are excellent with no scratches and the rears are very good with some scratches to the labels but better than most - one label having smudging possibly from being handled with a solvent on the fingers or something. There were also some tiny paint speckles on the back of this one which have now come off, so I suspect the back of this one has been wiped with something in the distant past). The drivers are dated 1976. One of the bass units is slightly more matte than the other with faint marks (which I dare not attempt to clean) - most likely from storage as this one also has some oxidisation to the magnet. None of this affects performance and is of no issue other than cosmetic. This is a very critical appraisal.
These were stored for quite a long time in their original box in a garage, unfortunately the bottom of the cardboard box rotted out (though I still have it - and you can too if you want it, for completeness, just ask). Fortunately the speakers were sat on the polystyrene inner packaging and never made contact with the floor, hence the excellent woodwork. The environment will be the reason for some oxidisation of one magnet.
Both speakers have now been lightly re-oiled just to bring them up a bit - they needed no other attention. These have also been fully tested and have had new BBC spec. cabinet gaskets fitted so are ready for another 40 years!
There are very few pairs better than this.. The condition is overall excellent with minor blemishes to report (see main description) and in perfect working order - housed in some of the best cabinets I have seen with no dented corners, no cup rings and only one previous owner!!
I saw a pair of Chartwells go through an auction recently for around £3000 including commissions, those ones were untested with no badges and surface marks to the cabinets. Therefore this pair are absolutely excellent value for money and a sound investment!
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|Brand||Graham Audio / Chartwell|
|Speaker Type||Bookshelf Speakers, Stand Mount Speakers|
|Connectivity (RCA/Optical/Bluetooth etc.)||Bare Wire Terminals|
|Power (RMS Per Channel)||25W|
|Warranty||Store Warranty (See Description)|