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  1. LST-2 On Manhattan CL

    I meant "audioPhiles"...
  2. LST-2 On Manhattan CL

    I don't think these LST's ever really caught on with the general audiopiles. Don't really know why? I bought my 3a's in 1968 and do remember these coming on the market.
  3. serial number of ar speakers

    Interesting stuff on AR-3a serial numbers! I won't give you my biological history, only a bit of my beloved AR-3a's. I bought them originally in 1969, I believe. I could pull out the original invoices, but I've since moved down from the bush of Alaska, Bristol Bay, where I had them shipped into. That was after almost 30 years there! They've been loyal producers of all my vinyl through the AR-amp and turntable of that era. I don't have these two components anymore, but I wish I did! I guess I will accept that the surrounds and pots probably need help, but my now 72 year old ears say, Naaaaaaaaaay, they're fine! [smile] So okay, you've given me the courage to open them up and see what they look like. I have downloaded the AR-3a restoration from this site and while it seems fairly easy, I'd prefer to let someone more expert than myself do it. Do you know any restoration businesses that would KNOW AND APPRECIATE WHAT THEY ARE WORKING WITH HERE? Until I saw some on this site that were earlier, I had yet to read anyone who had any lower than mine, AR-3a numbers 21010 and 21959. If anyone knows the date of manufacture on these, I'd certainly appreciate knowing. My original invoices would probably tell me that, but I'm relatively certain it'd be in 1968 or abouts. Enough...love talking about AR speakers and gear! Just am now setting up a second generation of AR stuff...they'll have to shine to convince me they can outdo these beloved members of my family! [AR-9Ls--completely gone through and restored...beautiful} Like This Quote MultiQuote Edit
  4. AR-3a How Old Are These?

    dualref, Congratulations on your restoration project! I won't give you my biological history, only a bit of my beloved AR-3a's. I bought them originally in 1969, I believe. I could pull out the original invoices, but I've since moved down from the bush of Alaska, Bristol Bay, where I had them shipped into. That was after almost 30 years there! They've been loyal producers of all my vinyl through the AR-amp and turntable of that era. I don't have these two components anymore, but I wish I did! I guess I will accept that the surrounds and pots probably need help, but my now 72 year old ears say, Naaaaaaaaaay, they're fine! [smile] So okay, you've given me the courage to open them up and see what they look like. I have downloaded the AR-3a restoration from this site and while it seems fairly easy, I'd prefer to let someone more expert than myself do it. Do you know any restoration businesses that would KNOW AND APPRECIATE WHAT THEY ARE WORKING WITH HERE? Also, congratulations on the very, very early serial numbers! I had yet to read anyone who had any lower than mine, AR-3a numbers 21010 and 21959. If you or anyone knows the date of manufacture on these, I certainly appreciate knowing. My original invoices would probably tell me that, but I'm relatively certain it'd be in 1968 or abouts. Enough...love talking about AR speakers and gear! Just am now setting up a second generation of AR stuff...they'll have to shine to convince me they can outdo these beloved members of my family! [AR-9Ls--completely gone through and restored...beautiful}
  5. ar 90 vs 9

    AR-PRO You say, "...Be aware that these 20-30 year old amplifiers will most likely need work to bring them up to original specs, but there are a couple of excellent establishments that are Mac experts, and know these amps inside out...." Can you give me contact information on some of these Mac experts please? They may also have rebuilt units they would sell.
  6. ar 90 vs 9

    Thanks again to all of you. I'm tracking, tracking these babies as we speak. Due to arrive this afternoon. I've always loved the old Mcintosh line of amps but never could afford one, and I'm getting a sense from reading about them in this contemporary jungle that "Mac" has stopped sucking up to reviewers. Call it arrogance or perhaps, just confidence. I did read an owners "review" that the model he/she owned was wonderful, but if you have a very quiet listening room, you'll probably hear the fans in the quiet sections of whatever you're listening to. Don't remember the model?? I do live 15 miles on out on the Wyoming prairie and the closest thing to "traffic" is the mailman/person once a day. I moved down here from 28 years in a bush Alaska village [Dillingham], accessible only by air. My wife and I moved there in 1968 and I purchased the AR-3a's there from a local fisherman's coop. As I mentioned, still have the invoices. Ah, but I digress...sorry. So, any and all suggestions for amping the 9ls would be welcome. I'll not get ahead of myself yet. "Matching" them or experimenting with them and the 3a's will come later...I'm certain the old 3a's will need a "tune up" anyway! Be well---use ear protection when listening to anything outside excellent music, i.e., Eric Claption's most lucid, articulate piece of rock music ever recorded [CROSSROADS] or perhaps something more gentle, James Levine's [beethoven] MISSA SOLEMNIS...
  7. ar 90 vs 9

    Thanks to all of you for your warm welcome to this AR lover! Good info which I shall pay heed to. The 9Ls speakers arrive tomorrow here to Cody, Wyoming...a looooooooong [expensive!] trip but they are well packed and tracked. I have not purchased amplification equipment in years, so to surf the net today for what might work was daunting! [Whew!] I'm dizzy... Any suggestions would be welcomed. This looks good on ebay? MCINTOSH MC7270 AMPLIFIER and the Hafler P505 is well spoken of. I have a few integrated amps, but nothing I have would drive all these or even the 9Ls' My sense is that I'm getting more into some kind of philosophical question than simply clean amplification. Help! Peace!
  8. ar 90 vs 9

    I suppose I should just leap in here and see where it goes. This is my first post, so if I'm at the wrong place or if I break some protocol, I'll beg your pardon and just say hello. Small bit of further information right now. I'm the owner [or perhaps I should say, I've "been owned!"] by a set of AR-3a's since 1969. I still have the invoice. They continue to be wonderful members of our family. At age 72 [me, not the 3a's], I have decided to add a set of AR-9Ls to our family. They are packaged with care [i pray!] and are in route as I speak from NYC via FedEx. They look beautiful and are from what seems to be a reputable Ebayer. However, "beautiful" and "reputable" are perhaps more subjective even than listening to music, delivered transparently through AR vintage technology. I can't wait to unpack these. Excited as a 6 year old at Christmas! Now what? Thanks for listening. Much, much more, but the idea of linking a set of AR spearkers with another set----this thread speaks of "4, AR-3a's---Wow!---sets me to considering what might happen with these 9Ls and my own 3a's. Did some one say "amplification"----Ohms----??---tube or solid state? Stay tuned and thanks for reading this!