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  1. Yes you can here the difference with modern speakers. But first you have to listen to examples of such instruments. The difference is very subtle and impossiable to describe. A good example would be James Galway. Galway really pioneered the use of the Golden Flute. He plays both silver and gold flutes so you can listen to him playing both instruments. . Generally the Gold flute has a more rounded sound then a silver flute. Sliver flute have a subtly sharper sound. The small number of Platnium flutes in the world have an even more rounded sound then the Golden one. Another area to compare is Saxophones. with a traditional Lacquer finish, or without. An unfinished Saxophone has a brighter sound then a finished one.
  2. Was the BIC 8983 tweeter used on a W25 Wharfdale the a same as the tweeter on the W35?
  3. Single Wharfedale W45

    There are several places you can get replacement surrounds. Parts Express is one such place. This is a good thing to ask on this Classic Speaker forum there are a lot of people there in who have more experience doing this then I do. If you don't feel up to it you can send the speakers to outfits that can do the job for you. Simply Speakers is one such outfit which has good reviews over at Audiokarma. http://www.simplyspeakers.com/
  4. Single Wharfedale W45

    That is great!!!! The W series Wharfdales are really good. You will need to recap the crossovers the cap's they originally used were not good from the get go. You don't have to get fancy with the replacements. My favorite is the Axon True Cap's they are not expensive and once burnt in really improve the sound. http://www.partsconnexion.com/capacitor_film_axon.html the only trouble you will have is these Axon's are somewhat larger than the originals. You can also get good replacements from Parts Express. The "W's" are wonderful with tube type amp's.
  5. Single Wharfedale W45

    The W series Warfdales where a very nice 3 way acoustic suspended system. The W45 where the larger version of the W35. The W series was Gilbert Briggs foray into accoutic suspension. I very much like their sound. My W35's are very good with Barque music. They sound wonderful with tube type amp's. Recapping the crossover is in order. Be careful with the speakers replacements are virtually impossible to find. For more info please visit the Warfdale forum at Audiokarma.
  6. How do you decide on a replacement for driver that is no longer made? My Warfedale W-35 need both mid-range and replacement tweeters. These BIC drivers have not been available for several decades. The NHT woofers have worked out very well, thanks JKent, But the rest?
  7. Cramolin Red

    Cramolin Redis still made it is called Contaclean it doesn't seem to be sold in the US. You might try ordering it through Amazon UK, If you have a stateside Amazon account you have an account with all Amazons.world wide,.
  8. There is one thing I want to know. If I ask this question over on Audio Karma a flame war will ensue, the level of snarkyness there is almost as bad as an Apple forum. Is there a break in period for Audio film capacitors. As you know I installed Sonicap Gen 1's for the tweeter side of the XO's and Axon True Caps for the "woofer" side. of my Monitor 10B;s after about 350 hours of use I do notice a big difference in the sound. This was a very subtle thing It took awhile to notice it. I suppose it took this long for the improvement to be enough for me to hear it. On the Polk forum I was told the Sonicap break in was somewhere around 400 hours. The Axon's seem to be coming on right now. This is a not subjective thing I have been listening to the same music on these speakers for over 20 years. At first they where powered by a Sansui integrated stereo amp, then a really nice JVC integrated amp, a crappy Sony AV receiver which blasted the right channel 10B when the right hand set of PA's failed, and now with the Onkyo TX-NR709. When I first fired up the refurbished 10B's on the Onkyo they sounded great, the bass was a bit snappish,and I didn't notice any improvement in the upper reaches, but the 10B's worked. Listening to those same bench mark albums after all the hours of play time on the refurbished XO's the 10B's sound fantastically better then they ever have. By the way should this ever come up in you speaker repair business the new replacement Polk MW-6503 driver sounds the same as the original pair I have in the other 10B. The only difference you can see is the wires for the voice coil no longer are attached to the speaker cone but go directly to the spade connectors. I sure wish I could get replacement midrange and tweeters for the Warfedale W-35's compared to the 10B's they don't fair well.
  9. When I read somebody reciting the litany of the Crossover capacitor I can almost hear the Organ, or the Bells announcing the reading of the Gospel; The Gospel of Dueland Cast........Thanks be to Dueland. But what these communicants remind me of the most are wine snobs at a wine tasting, and their closed eyed descriptions of the wine they are tasting. Crossover capacitors do make a difference. In the case of the Polk Monitor 10B's the Sonicaps, and Axon's have made a gigantic difference, but I was replacing 20+ year old non-polarized electrolytics and in one speaker a pair of fried mid-woofers, and a crossover with one cap that had detonated. I also replaced the 20+ year old Monster Cable speaker wire,with 12AWG cable with proper banana plug terminators.from Monoprice. I had good advice form you and others and I am very pleased with the results. As an exercise in the ridiculous I decided to see what it would have cost if I had more money then brains. Recapping with the above mentioned Dueland Cast capacitors would have cost me $7,381.02.
  10. Thanks I guessed what it was, I got close This audio stuff is sure different then the RF world I come from. And I thought since I was adapt at digging around in the innards of really old radio's and knew all about the parts and theory of operation, electro-mechanical speakers and such, I understood this audio stuff......har-dee-harr-harr By the way do you know about this outfit; http://www.humblehomemadehifi.com/index.html check out the section that reviews capacitors. according to it the Axon True Cap is better then Solen, and number of others and they are really cheap, and for a customer look really cool. I have a pair of them on the low side of the XO's on the Monitor 10B's after 300 or so hours the bass response is better then it ever has been.
  11. Is this the link? if so thank you interesting read. http://www.cartage.org.lb/en/themes/sciences/physics/electromagnetism/electrostatics/Capacitors/Applications/BasicConsiderations/BasicConsiderations.htm
  12. I'll have to try this my Onkyo has out's for near and wide field stereo speakers. so I can directly control a set in a four speaker stereo setup.
  13. Does anyone have tips for cleaning speaker cloth. The Polk Monitor 10B's black grill covers are in good shape except they are kind of soiled after 24 years. I tried cleaning one and realized the grill frame is made out of what amounts to thick and dense paper it did not take kindly to what little cleaning solution I used to wipe the grill cloth down. it warped and when I tried to flatten it back out it cracked in one place. I Repaired it with metal shims and epoxy. I think I am going to make new grill frames out of plywood, or dense particle board but for now I am stuck with the "paper" ones.
  14. What gauge wires do the A25's use ?

    I was just looking at Parts Connexion and they have a full line of non-polarized EL's., Because of the EURO going down the drain the price of the Mundorf Electrolytic Cap's has gone down by 13% http://www.partsconnexion.com/
  15. I was looking for a outfit that could supply ferrofluid and I found this outfit. http://reconingspeakers.com/ They do have Electro-Voice ferrofluid, either in do it yourself kits, or you can send them your driver and they will attend to it. But Not they have a re-coning kit for the 10" woofer on the AR-2AX, they tell you if you don't see it call them, They also have the surrounds for this and other AR Speakers. There is also a replacement midrange, tweeters,and woofers for the R 3, AR3A, AR9, AR10 PI AR38, AR90, AR TSW510,etc. I have no idea how these reproductions match up with the originals. The outfit also has a tremendous number of speaker kits for Altec Lansing, JBL, and Cerwin Vega,