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  1. Great catch! There was a time - mostly '70s-'80s - where some people inscribed their license numbers or Social Security numbers (!) on things that might someday be stolen. It never really made much sense.
  2. Adams is absolutely right - it's important to have the correct mounting bolts for the drivers - brass is too soft. A little bit of rust isn't unusual at all - just sand the heads lightly to remove the oxidation, and spray with some black Rustoleum. A good method is to push the bolts through holes in a piece of cardboard, so as to avoid getting paint on the threads. If you leave your speakers on their backs, you can remove all of the bolts at once, with no danger of the drivers coming loose. Take care when re-installing the bolts that you don't dislodge the anchoring t-nut - don't lean into the screwdriver. Those do look like the original sculpted foam grilles - congratulations on a very nice pair of speakers!
  3. Larry's right - the PE replacement fits perfectly. Grip the peg as close to the surface as possible with a large set of pliers, and try to rotate/wiggle it until it begins to loosen, and then you can pull it right out. If you should want to remove the sockets from the grille panel, just fit a large drill bit tightly into the hole, and apply a tiny bit of torque - it will easily loosen & come out. I've always had a preference for the speaker to carry the socket part of the peg, with the male plug on the grille panel - I've seen both approaches used on the AR-9.
  4. If this is your speaker, it dates from about 1999, and used a Sunfire amplifier to power the woofer.
  5. Wow. A Marantz 10B ! That Denon CD player looks out of place next to all of those classic pieces.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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?
  9. ar_pro

    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.
  10. 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!
  11. Irreplaceable & incomparable!
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. 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?
  15. 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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