1969 JBL Sovereign C60 S8R S8-R Speakers with 075 & 375

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  • Item Category: Tools
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Oct 03, 2009
  • Channel: Auction House

1969 JBL Sovereign C60 Speakers with S8R package
Oldsoundz offers you a fine example of the legendary JBL C60 Sovereign S8R package. Also included is the matching JBL Sovereign III equipment cabinet. You also get 5 pieces of original literature (at the bottom of the page) including the 1969 catalogue.
This set of 1969 JBL Sovereign S8R has sequential serial numbers and contain multiple pairs of sequential components. Most important of which is the MINT pair of 16 ohm 375s.
This set was recently acquired from the estate of the original owner. I am told he was a local composer, who died at a young age. His name was not disclosed.
The Sovereign I and Olympus are acoustically and dimensionally identical. To those of you not familiar with the Sovereign S8R package, it contains the same components of the early Paragon, plus an additional passive 15" woofer.
The S8R Sovereign speakers are more acoustically accurate than the Paragon due to driver arrangement/dispersion. While the Paragon is far more collectible, its performance is compromised for aesthetic design. These Sovereigns also have cutouts in the rear for optional JBL Energizer units.
This pair is in excellent condition for their age. I have owned 3 pair and seen 2 more sets of Sovereign S8R at the home of an acquaintance. These are definitely the cleanest. Without a doubt, the drivers in these speakers are the finest I have seen.
The Le15s and passive radiators are very fresh looking. The cones of these 40 year old woofers look almost as dark and fresh as the re-cone job from the last pair I owned. The Lansaloy surrounds are not dry and cracking and still feel very soft and elastic.
These speakers are working fully and sound wonderful. T is one pot on one crossover that has a large dead spot in it. This should be easy to correct. I have left these speakers completely original and this will be the responsibility of the new owner.
The grilles are in excellent condition. They look almost perfect. T is one broken mounting peg on one grille. Other than this, you would be hard pressed to find a nicer set. No staining, pulls, tears, etc.
For picturing, I pulled only the PR15s in order to keep the speakers as original as possible. What I found inside was a pair of Mint Perfect 16 ohm 375s with all wax seals and sequential 4 digit serial numbers. The PR15s are also sequential in serial numbers. The N7000 serials are off by ten. I could not read the serials on the LE15s or one of the 075s so I am not sure on these components.
Of the dozen or more pair of JBL 075 Bullet tweeters I have personally handled, these absolutely put the rest to shame. They look BRAND new. You would swear that they are.
The equipment cabinet is in excellent condition, and is very rare to find. Sadly, t is a large spot of water damage on the top middle section. Other than this, t is no major damage to speak of. The back panel is missing, but all original hardware is present. It is functioning fine and wonderfully compliments the Sovereigns to make some nice furniture. Just drop your system in and enjoy.
The cabinet is included in the auction, however is optional to the winning bidder. If you only want the speakers, that is understandable. Shipping will not be cheap.
This is the ultimate in 1969 JBL, second only to the Paragon.
Sure, many pair of Sovereign were sold. Few of them had the incredible S8R system, and even less were purchased with the matching cabinet. This is a treasure and a true investment. These speakers are likely to only appreciate in value over the years. Try doing that with a new speaker.
"How will my item be packed?"...
Loudspeakers, especially vintage, must be packed well to ensure safety. I will spare no detail when packaging your new investment.
Foreign parties will have to make their own shipping arrangements.
Handling on these speakers will be roughly 4-7 days after payment has cleared my bank. Packing a speaker of this stature is difficult and it takes time to do it r...