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Identifying a Harbeth veneer finish

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  • Identifying a Harbeth veneer finish

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    Hi, anybody can help me identify this pair of HL Compact veneer finish?? Thks

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    And the serial number is.....?

    Then we could look-up the Production Log Book and give you a certain answer - as well as date of production, who made them, information about the woofer, tweeter and crossover, who they were sold to and so on.

    As they are HL Compact (first generation), I'd guess that they were made between, say, 1987 and 1996.
    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK

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    • #3
      Hard to tell definitively from the photo, but the veneer looks like European walnut to me. Nice quilted figure. It will be interesting to see what the log book reveals...

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        Harbeth P3. No serial number.. Is there any other ways to trace the serial number beside this? Click image for larger version

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        Harbeth HL Compact

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        • #5
          Originally posted by A.S. View Post
          And the serial number is.....?

          Then we could look-up the Production Log Book and give you a certain answer - as well as date of production, who made them, information about the woofer, tweeter and crossover, who they were sold to and so on.

          As they are HL Compact (first generation), I'd guess that they were made between, say, 1987 and 1996.

          Hi Alan, Thank you in advance for the information.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Luthier View Post
            Hard to tell definitively from the photo, but the veneer looks like European walnut to me. Nice quilted figure. It will be interesting to see what the log book reveals...
            I grew curious after I saw a pair Monitor 30.2 in silver eucalyptus finish.. its looks gorgeous. My Compact HL finish looks unique compared to the rest of my Harbeth which I think was either in teal or walnut

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