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Richard’s answered these guestions elsewhere if you can search and find. I’m not good at searching. He often can’t tell you exact dates even based on serial numbers. Not sure if he can in this instance. 

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I never thought about that. I honestly wonder how many used speakers will ship with original boxes.  I always kept my boxes, but many never did back in the day. Heck, my Polk 10's shipped from CT, to college (Ok University) each year and then to Cali and each deployment they were stored for the year and then back to CT where they were moved a few times before I sold them.  They were my road warriors and the boxes were not small. 

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On 6/14/2024 at 7:54 PM, olds1959special said:

The serials are 65012 and 65013. Thanks.

Hey there, olds1959...

Couldn't help but take note of the S/Ns of your recently acquired 2Ce Sig IIs--both as you posted here and before this, seeing your pics of the terminal strips showing the bare speaker wire on them on your other thread. 

Congrats on the Sig IIs, by the way👍; they are amazing speakers AFAIC. This is my 2nd pair of them and though aural recall is not 100% reliable (nevermind the many changes in system variables since), I swear sound better than the previous pair I owned.

Somehow I was able to discern the S/Ns from those pics and realized...something very familiar ...Check out the S/Ns of my Sig IIs: 65004/65005--that's right, our respective pairs are only 3 sets apart!!!

Now, whether they are only 3 actual pairs of speakers apart, we might never know for certain, but if you should ever determine the year of manufacture then I'll know that about mine, too. (My end caps are the Dark Walnut finish, btw...)

Now, one curious difference: my S/Ns are just three pairs earlier, yet my back plates have the embossed "30th Anniversary"  sticker, while it looks like yours (again, per the pics on your other thread) do not---RICHARD!!!??? 🤔 ("Mr. Vandersteen"...???)

What an otherwise curious coincidence they are literally from the same mfg. batch (one has to think)...

Chuckster 

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3 hours ago, Chuckster said:

Hey there, olds1959...

Couldn't help but take note of the S/Ns of your recently acquired 2Ce Sig IIs--both as you posted here and before this, seeing your pics of the terminal strips showing the bare speaker wire on them on your other thread. 

Congrats on the Sig IIs, by the way👍; they are amazing speakers AFAIC. This is my 2nd pair of them and though aural recall is not 100% reliable (nevermind the many changes in system variables since), I swear sound better than the previous pair I owned.

Somehow I was able to discern the S/Ns from those pics and realized...something very familiar ...Check out the S/Ns of my Sig IIs: 65004/65005--that's right, our respective pairs are only 3 sets apart!!!

Now, whether they are only 3 actual pairs of speakers apart, we might never know for certain, but if you should ever determine the year of manufacture then I'll know that about mine, too. (My end caps are the Dark Walnut finish, btw...)

Now, one curious difference: my S/Ns are just three pairs earlier, yet my back plates have the embossed "30th Anniversary"  sticker, while it looks like yours (again, per the pics on your other thread) do not---RICHARD!!!??? 🤔 ("Mr. Vandersteen"...???)

What an otherwise curious coincidence they are literally from the same mfg. batch (one has to think)...

Chuckster 

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They sound might be brighten up if you hook up wires to the “high” terminals. 😃

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On 6/26/2024 at 12:12 PM, DC-93 said:

FYI - My June, 2010 built Sig. II speakers are #68052-3. 

DC-93, thanks for providing some additional info/ context, though it both helps in establishing provenance and adds another layer of differentiation of same, lol.

Interesting that a "-#" (-3) is part of your S/N as I've neither seen that nor anecdotally heard of that before.

Now I'm interested if Vandersteen (the company) might be able to offer what the addendum number designation indicates...

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On 6/28/2024 at 8:30 AM, DC-93 said:

# means 'number'...

68052, 68053. 

Matched pair, as is the usual Vandersteen system. 

Both have "II" after the serial number.

 

Yes DC-93, I know that "#" means number 🙄... Did you know that besides number sign, the symbol "#" is also known variously in English-speaking regions as "hash", or "pound sign", respectively? And also that water is wet?

And guess what? I also know that Vandersteen speakers are paired in sequential Serial Numbers (and not just because I've had 5 pairs of Vandersteen speakers going back 25 years, including--hold on to your hat--1C, 2Ce, 2Ce Signature,  and 2 pairs of 2Ce Signature II).  And yes, the current model 1 is now 1Ci, 5 became 5A, 2Ce Sig II are now Sig III...etc.

To hopefully more clearly state what I was referring to in my previous response, I wasn't wondering about that confounded number sign ("#") lol, but the "-3" (that's "dash three" just to be clear) that you stated are part of your Sig II S/Ns:

"FYI - My June, 2010 built Sig. II speakers are #68052-3."

Of all the Vandersteens I've had, auditioned/demo-ed or owned by others that I've seen in person, I've not seen a "-3" ("dash three"), or any other what I'll refer to here as a "suffix" of the serial number.  I'd be interested in seeing a picture of your S/N on the back plate if you have a chance to post it here.

Thanks in advance!"✌️

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