Need help from Vandy 3A owners.....

Hi folks,
I need your help. A friend of mine is trying to determine the approximate age of his Vandersteen 3As. The shop he recently purchased them from described them as being around 2-3 years old. However, in a recent call to Vandersteen, Richard Vandersteen *estimated* them to be ~ 6-7 years old based on the serial number. However, he answered in his classic gruff, go away, manner so I have some concern about the accuracy of his answer.

Here's where I need your help! If any owners of Vandy 3As (non Sigs) know the serial number AND age of their speakers, I'd love to know. It would give me and my friend a way to "bracket" the age of his speakers. The concern, of course, is whether or not the shop that sold him the speakers misrepresented them.

Thank you very much!

- Phillip
Hi, Phillip:

I own a pair of Vandy 3A Sig's, but giving you their serial numbers won't help much. Sorry you weren't satisfied with Richard Vandersteen's response. Personally, I'd accept his answer regarding the speaker's age. Richard may sometimes seem abrupt on the phone (though I have never found him so), but in my half-dozen conversations with Richard I have always found him to be very honest and direct. I can't think of anyone in a better position to know the "vintage" of a speaker than Richard.

If you still want a "second opinion" regarding the age of the speakers, try calling a couple of Vandersteen dealers and see what they can tell you.
I second the opinion on what vandersteen has told you. He may be gruff, but he's one smart dude!