The 99 Orion blue book lists 6 models of Bolivar speakers made from 77 to 83 ranging in price from 200.00 a pair to 380.00 a pair. Models are 18 and 18H 64 & 64H and 125 & 125H.
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I was the Denver Regional Service Manager for the old Burstein-Applebee Co, based in Kansas City. We carried the BOLIVAR line of speakers which looked EXACTLY LIKE the JBLs. Our merchandisers were ALWAYS coupling a pair of Bolivars to Marantz receiver/amps, and the huge problem was that Marantz stuff clipped like crazy... JBL speakers were also used for these "deals", and tolerated the clipping marginally, but the Bolivars were 4 ohms, versus the conventional 8 ohms... this meant you were drawing twice the current, and on clipped signals (essentially square waves), both brands suffered many, many failures. The Bolivars MORE. These speakers were made in Bolivar, TN and story we got was that the designers were from a JBL "brain trust". They looked nice, were built well, and sold at fair market prices, BUT unless you used them in pairs (series), you'd often wipe out the output transistors or large-scale ICs. They attempted to take care of us on warranty claims, but the failure rate got so bad, we quit selling them. I still have (and wear) a Bolivar belt buckle - the local rep insulted my wife behind her back [not knowing I was married to her]... (she was the AdminAsst for the district office, right next door to the shop), so instead of decking him, I simply took ALL of his "salesman perk" items and passed 'em out to my techs - THEN I got him fired. - T. Carl