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  1. Interesting (not the stripping and sanding part, but the "dye them black" part.) How do you dye veneer (and what do you use)? Is it like applying Watco oil?
  2. Hi all - this question is general in scope but specific for my mint oak-finish Allison Nines that I found recently. They are sonically and physically perfect, but in my new listening room the oak finish is a little...off. I've repainted the front panel of two pairs of AR-3s with a flat black paint and a foam brush to freshen them up, and it looked great. But I've never done veneer, and I know you can't reverse the process. So, two questions: Am I insane to consider doing this? Has anyone done something similar to their ARs (probably the later models), and how did it come out? Thanks all!
  3. Oh yeah, they're not going anywhere
  4. Haha! I got my Threes from the original owner 18 years ago for $350 (a princely sum for me at the time) and I'd say I got a fabulous deal all these years later. You can't get two pairs of mint tweeters, mids and woofers for that price today!
  5. I really lucked out with these. Back in the day I auditioned a pair of Nines and LOVED them, but couldn’t swing the $$ for them, and bought a pair of CD7s instead. So, it took a while, but I finally got a “new” pair ?
  6. For local pickup only/greatly preferred (unless you want to pay me to pack and ship them) - I have a pair of CD7s in oak, really great condition, with woofers only. No grilles, but the woofers are good but need refoaming. If you'd like them, PM me and we can arrange for you to pick them up.
  7. For local pickup only/greatly preferred (unless you want to pay me to pack and ship them) - I have a pair of CD7s in oak, really great condition, with woofers only. No grilles, but the woofers are good but need refoaming. If you'd like them, PM me and we can arrange for you to pick them up.
  8. Thanks Bill. As it turns out, one of the midranges is bad, but at least I've got a spare. And, I cleaned up the bases and the pitting really isn't visible unless you're about 2 inches away from it. I rubbed some Howard's Feed & Wax onto the finish, and the veneer looks super now.
  9. So I'm moving my listening room upstairs. I found a near-mint pair of Nines and brought them home tonight. They were in a wall unit where the cabinets were built around them, so the oak (the "almost" part, I was looking for walnut) was in perfect condition, as were all of the drivers and the woofer grilles. The front grilles had minor damage, but with a little judicious repair should not evidence anything amiss to the casual viewer (I got me a pair of Alex B's replacement front grilles just in case.) Going to give them a spin shortly and will post pics for the curious. Two minor 'restoration' questions for the group: the bases are scratch-free, but have some, I guess, pitting. Any suggestions on how to clean those up so they look nice and clean (short of repainting them)? these are the oak finish - as I recall this veneer has a clear finish on it. Has anyone tried to stain the oak veneer to have it approach (but for the different grain pattern) walnut? Like I said, the finish on these speakers is perfect, so I'm reluctant to do anything to it, but still. Yayyyyyyy!
  10. npt3

    WTB - Allison 9/CD9, walnut

    Found a BEAUTIFUL near-mint pair! More to come in the Allison forums. ?????
  11. If you're interested, Alex Bobotek makes exact replacement grilles - https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllisonSpeakerParts I got replacement grilles for my CD6s from him, and they're better than the originals in every way. IMHO I wouldn't part these out, they're good enough to sell with a woofer refoaming if needed.
  12. That's a really clean pair of CD6s (especially with little to no apparent grille damage!)
  13. Indeed - that's a really clean tweeter
  14. Hi. I’d like to buy a pair of CD9s, most preferably in the walnut finish. Not looking for a project, so the cabinets and grilles need to be in good to very good condition. Let me know, I’d be happy to give yours a good home!
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