Well, I was successful. I had a demo of a pair of these a couple weeks back and from all I read and heard about them, it seemed like a holy grail. Tonight I bagged a pair of them - so my new Altec project will begin once I get them home in a couple weeks. Like any nearly 50 year old speaker, they are not perfect - some dings and scrapes are there. And at a minimum, the crossovers need refreshing. But they look to be a good base to start with.