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  1. Since these cabinets appear to be vinyl covered and not wood veneer, there's not much that can be done as far as "restoring asthetics." If these fell into my hands, I'd probably paint the cabinets black, seal up the mid and tweeter ports and replace the crossovers with a good quality subwoofer plate amp. Then start shopping for a pair of later small AR models with dome tweeters (TSW-110/210 or 208/218V)
  2. 2ax, 5 and 3a speakers produced after AR moved to Norwood have backwired drivers. My 1975 2ax's look just like the OP's.
  3. Maybe a hook to outsourcing, offshoring and the decline of "Made in the USA" by workers with full time jobs and benefits? AR was unusually progressive in this area for a company of its size and time.
  4. It might be a good idea to come up with a proposed outline to give prospective funders an overview of what they'd be underwriting. And you could probably pull together some of your many past forum posts on AR history into a "sample chapter" as well.
  5. Multiple volumes sounds like a good idea to me. One for the Villchur years, one for Teledyne and beyond?
  6. Tom, is this going to be technology and products, or "behind the scenes" company org and persons? I'd personally prefer the latter, although the fact that most of the principals are no longer with us would obviously be a hindrance.
  7. The point was made earlier that by the time AR post-Allison rolled out its best effort against the Advents it was too late because Advent sales numbers had already peaked. Allison's interview comments seem to say that he considered sales volume and profit more important than market share and going head-to-head against competitors he believed were not viable in the long run. We know that AR lost market share after Teledyne acquired it, but do we have any information about their P&Ls during the Teledyne years?
  8. It would be interesting to know exactly what the terms of the five-year contract were. Because while contracts for existing management to retain their positions after an acquisition are not uncommon, a contract that calls for the new owners to keep hands-off all the management decisions would be.
  9. This brings to mind something that Roy Allison said in his Stereophile interview: " In those five years we doubled sales and doubled profits, but our market share was dropping because the market was expanding. It was sort of like a pyramid, with very low-end stuff building out at the base, but it was building upward, too. Medium and high-end stuff was where the profit could be achieved; a lot of low-end people were flashes in the pan and went out of business after a while. But at the end of five years, Teledyne decided they wanted to exploit that lower end more than we were doing, and they didn't renew Abe's contract. They brought in a president who was very personable but who was totally unfamiliar with the quality speaker market." So if Tom's comment that Teledyne didn't lean on Allison and co much during their five year contract is correct, it would appear that competing in mass market retail showrooms probably was not AR's goal until the "old guard" left in 1972, and then after that it became the goal of those who replaced them.
  10. I'd be surprised - no, make that shocked - if the old guard all made a sudden and simultaneous decision to "fly out the door quickly." They'd put a positive spin on and try to avoid crashing morale for the rest of the company, both at the time and long after, but anyone who's ever lived through a mass management exodus knows that they're preceded by long periods of discreet - and sometimes, not so discreet - seething.
  11. Based on the bits and pieces we've gotten over the years, it appears that although Villchur secured five-year deals for his team before he departed, there was friction from the start with Teledyne's new management, which had very different ideas about what products to develop. So rather than just "following their habits," Allison and co probably butted their heads into brick walls on their new product proposals and eventually followed the path of least conflict, finished the projects already in the pipeline when Villchur left the building and did whatever new ones Teledyne told them to while they worked on their own exit plans. It's a phenomenon I personally experienced many times during my career in Silicon Valley startups. When you go to work in an iconoclastic founder's new company, don't plan on trying to stick around for very long after your boss leaves, because everything that made that company a place you wanted to be will go with him/her.
  12. With regard to different colors of fiberglass, fiberglass itself is more or less transparent (because it's glass). The resin binder that keeps the fiberglass from splintering into dust is naturally yellowish in color. Some manufacturers add colors, but it's all just branding. Pink fiberglass is made by Owens Corning. Green or white is Johns Manville. Functionally, it's all the same stuff.
  13. The price on my 2ax's in Jun 1975 was $115 each. If the 5's had been priced lower, say around $125-$130, I probably would have gone for them. But side by side, I didn't see them worth almost 30% more.
  14. Then from an engineering POV, my big "what were they thinking?" question would be why stock 4 and 8 ohm versions of any driver?
  15. I've already given my answer to that question. They should have put a dome midrange on a new generation of the 2ax. If they really wanted more to do, work on cost reduction for both 3-way models. And now a tech question. AR originally used the same 4 ohm dome tweeter on both the 3 and the 2a/2ax. Why make 8 ohm versions of the 3a tweeter and mid? Could they not have designed crossovers to use the 4 ohm drivers and avoid the expense of stocking additional parts?