Bedford Vintage Hi-Fi collects and recycles vintage KLH integrated stereo systems.
BEDFORD VINTAGE HI-FI offers reconditioned and fully functional KLH components. We typically put at least $200 into bringing these units back to life, so they are not inexpensive. The cosmetic condition varies but all these pieces allow you to immediately access the joy of listening on true mid-century classics.
Our inventory of reconditioned units can be viewed on the Equipment For Sale page of this web site. These pieces are on display and available for inspection (by appointment) at The Sound Parcel Music Showroom, 669 N. 13th St, Suite A-101, Easton, PA 18042. The Sound Parcel is some 60-70 miles from both New York City and Philadelphia.
In addition to these working units we offer partially functional KLH Model Eleven, Model Twenty and Model Twenty Four integrated music systems (base units) for a nominal charge of $30 - $60 plus packing and shipping charges. Perfect for restoration, parts sourcing and similar DIY activities. We describe these as "Units for Recycling." These base units are typically sold to hobbyists for restoration or to DIY suppliers who will take our units and part them out for sale. These units are NOT suitable for immediate usage. Some parts may be missing. Some features won't work at all or perform very poorly.
Every so often we also dispose of what we would describe as an "As-Is Working" unit (as opposed to a "Unit for Recycling"). With a little additional work, these systems could likely perform well. We can describe these systems in some detail and, of course, they sell for a higher price than "Units for Recycling."
The units for recycling and cannibalizing are offered as a service to the community of Kloss lovers and also to recoup some of the costs of collecting KLH components from the late 1960s and early 1970s.
I am not a technician. I am an enthusiast, recording engineer and historian of audio technology. While I can tell you a good bit about Vintage KLH products and their usage, I cannot tell you how to repair them.
Please note that we DO NOT stock and vend electronic parts and mechanical assemblies for KLH systems.
We do have a variety of component accessories for sale. This includes things like spindles, knobs, cables, headshells, dustcovers and various cosmetic items. We can also help with manuals and schematics. These are priced fairly.
We stock "as-is" KLH speakers ranging from fair to good condition. We also offer Gotham interconnect and speaker cables, terminated with high quality Amphenol RCA connectors, for use with KLH systems and other 1970s era components.
As regards the "Units for Recycling:"
KLH MODEL ELEVEN
We have a variety of Model Eleven in various states of disrepair. Some with original AT-6 changers, some with the later KLH/Garrard changers with slim tone arm. Some partially cannibalized. Call us to discuss your needs to see if one of these would be appropriate
$30.00 - $50.00 + packing & shipping
KLH MODEL ELEVEN PORTABLE SPEAKERS
(2) with poor condition housings
$15.00 per pair + packing & shipping
(2) with good condition housings with some looseness in soft plastic edging
$36.00 per pair + packing & shipping
KLH MODEL TWENTY
We have a base unit that we were planning to put up for sale as a working unit. All functions were working but during final testing it lost power - bad capacitors in the power supply are causing a fuse to blow and other capacitors for audio are failing. So it is now up for sale as a RECYCLING piece. It has the standard plastic dust cover (OK condition) with KLH badge and working hinges.
$65.00 + packing & shipping
KLH MODEL TWENTY BASE UNIT
We recently took in this item from an elderly friend. Cosmetically the base unit looks quite nice. Changer works but certainly needs cleaning and lubrication. Tone Arm is sticking a bit so this will need work and adjustment. The jacks that take the speaker outputs need to be remounted. It is missing some plastic knows. This is a unit that will require time and attention to restore and some expense. For sale "as is" to hobbyists and DIY types who are looking for a unit to work on or recycle.
$35.00 + packing & shipping
The Bedford Consultancy studies all aspects of recording and reproduction in those first glorious decades of stereo, 1955-1975. We are enthusiasts for all things Kloss. We remember and honor the extraordinary career of HENRY KLOSS, whose classic designs enriched so many lives with innovative and affordable audio technology.