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  1. Wow. A Marantz 10B ! That Denon CD player looks out of place next to all of those classic pieces.
  2. Well, I've only read of the occurrence of loose sub-enclosures in these pages, so who can really say? Still, it's probably not unreasonable to take a peek while the drivers are out.
  3. As mentioned, the 8" poly drivers are not adequate replacements for the original. Several years ago, my son & I rebuilt a pair of 9's that had missing upper & lower mids, and we tried the 8" poly (see photo) with very poor results. The overall effect was a loss of neutrality within the vocal range - the speaker had lost the effortless quality that the 4-way AR systems possessed, especially at higher sound levels, where the 8" poly driver sounded muffled. We wound up waiting until we could source an original pair of drivers from eBay. Frank's suggestion regarding checking the lower mid's enclosure is a good one, as dried glue and even loose enclosures have been previously reported. The level control switches for the upper range drivers should also be checked, as they can become intermittent. If you can wiggle them around and hear a static-like sound during playback, they'll need to be cleaned. Your new speakers look like a beautiful pair of AR-9's, and they have a great provenance - many congratulations!
  4. My sweet-spot is not necessarily facing my speakers but, I sit at a right-angle to the speakers as I prefer to be enveloped by the sound almost like being in a music-hall so, I record from where I usually sit facing the equipment. But if you sit facing your equipment, isn't your left ear turned away from your LSTs?
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    AR3a grills

    I recently attached a pair of Larry's AR-3a grilles using an Arrow T50 manual stapler with 1/4" staples driven through six pieces of Velcro on each panel, and at the corresponding locations on each frame. The adhesive on even industrial strength Velcro just seems to come loose on its own.
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    NATURAL PINE AR3 - Not sure what to do with them

    I'd suggest not doing a single thing to them, and sell them on eBay. Depending on how long they were in the wall, they may be in original condition - except for the minor cabinet alterations - and should command a very decent price at auction. Their unpainted pine finish and intact grilles also make the speakers very desirable; anyone who is willing to pay top dollar for original-condition AR-3 speakers already knows what they're in for should they decide to restore them. If you list on eBay, describe them just as you've done here, with an emphasis on their being exactly as they were when they were taken from the wall. I'd also stop "testing" them, as nothing good could happen, and you might inadvertently change their "as found" condition. Place a comfortable reserve - maybe $500 - take as many revealing pictures as possible (don't go nuts with pictures of the labels, the only thing that really matters about the labels is the serial numbers), and prepare to spend & charge an appreciable amount to properly pack & safely ship two heavy cartons, most likely to an Asian destination. Take photos during the packing process to show that proper care was taken, and then message them to the buyer through eBay. Unmolested, original condition, removed-from-a-wall AR-3 speakers? That's a pretty solid find - congratulations!
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    Appreciation for Roy C!

    Irreplaceable & incomparable!
  8. I seem to recall some humor in the voluminous, highly-technical manual for the Crown IC-150 preamp, or maybe it was one of their amplifiers. Audio Control also had a corporate sense of humor that found a spot in their manuals, too.
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    Are my AR9's getting old?

    Steve - your speakers are almost certainly fine, you're just a little used to them. Maybe you could have some fun with minor tweaks - install a set of spiked feet, or experiment with different speaker cables. Washing & detailing a car always seems to make it run better, so perhaps a complete re-oiling of the AR-9 cabinets would do the trick!
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    LST revisted....pleasant surprise!

    It is like being in love with a beautiful blonde and a brunette! Blonde, lakecat. Always go with the blonde. Seriously, congratulations on the LST's - with the MC2205 , they should sound amazing. Any thoughts on having a pair of dedicated stands built to measure?
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    AR-3a / AR-91 Combo Build

    Finally got around to having labels made for the backs of these speakers, and I took the opportunity when resealing the woofers with Mortite to flip the cabinets over & glue the new labels on. Signs.com made up a pair of 4"x7" aluminum sandwich signs from the image that I supplied for about $30, plus shipping, and I'm really pleased with how they came out.
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    AR3a restored and positioned horizontally

    Those are simply beautiful. I've always preferred the painted backs of the Euro AR speakers, too.
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    DIY Supertweeters

    Stereophile's Michael Fremer published something about maintaining one's listening skills while getting older & dealing with not-as-sharp hearing. I'm not unconvinced that it's whistling in the dark, though.
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    Preamps to Consider

    This is a good suggestion, as there has to be an entire universe of outdated HT receivers. I've also read that some relatively inexpensive headphone amplifiers can be pretty decent stereo preamps as well, sometimes even including a DAC.
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    AR3a restored and positioned horizontally

    Years & years ago, when we had stacked AR-3a speakers, they were placed on their sides on two pairs of the AR-11 metal stands, with the tweeters oriented to the outside. In that particular space, it seemed the better approach. Giorgio - I'm envious of your AR collection, especially the Euro-style AR-3a which looks very cool. Sam - The MR73 is a great tuner, and a nice addition to your vintage Mac collection. And is that a Nakamichi cassette deck?