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  1. Picked up some more AR speakers

    First of all, congratulations DavidR, I am envious! Good luck with your restoration, I'm sure they will be marvellous. Glenn's tip just caught my eye, I had never thought of a cast-off cabinet as a source for veneer. Someone was showing me a pair of derelict Optimus speakers which have a beautiful veneer. Maybe there is a way to repurpose them, they are large speakers, lots of nice veneer (looked like walnut).
  2. ADS L520

    Congratulations, you did well! I also lucked out once, when buying some equipment a few years ago, I ended up with a nice record collection which I have enjoyed ever since. Probably the best part of what I brought home, since I don't remember what the primary object was anymore! Like Glitch, I hope as well that you'll post your further impressions about the speakers when you have a chance.
  3. ADS L520

    I had a pair of L520's that I really loved. However, they didn't look like these ones. They must have been a later model, they had wood veneer and metal grilles. The ones in your photo do not evoke the warm memories I have! It's possible the earlier models used foam surrounds, so make sure to check them out, and of course make sure the tweeters work also. These may be good speakers, or not, I hope you find them to your liking.
  4. AR Restoration Meeting--1

    I thought I'd stumbled across the cast reunion from the Red Green show! But seriously, I hope you had your meter and checked the ESR on those oil caps before hitting the bar.
  5. A lurker steps out!

    Welcome sir, good to have you on board. That's an impressive array of equipment you have listed. This question strays from the AR path, but I'm curious to know what Accuphase gear you are using, I have been very impressed by their build and sound quality.
  6. Venturing into new Territory

    I can't help thinking these look like highboys on steroids! It is an impressive array of drivers. Good luck, I bet they will sound better with new caps. I hope the batting refurb works out to your satisfaction. Looking forward to your next progress report.
  7. Venturing into new Territory

    Impressive, where do they go in your house? How do those old caps measure? Based on their size, I can't help but think you need an amp you can turn up to "11", but they are probably fairly efficient?
  8. Where to find 10" Bass Drivers for AR9LS

    I see metalmark is in Oz, not likely to be a lot of AR9LS drivers down under. Hope you get it sorted, the CSP members are on the case. I was not 100% sure though, did you mean the previous owner played the speakers after the foam was gone and now they don't work, or is it more simply that the foam is gone?
  9. Model 5 woofers keep blowing

    Depending on the reading, It could tell you if something is obviously seriously wrong. And if it is seriously off, chances are a simple adjustment won't fix it. All in all, I think your best bet is to bring it into a shop and have them check it out for you. It will save you time and effort just to head directly to a the repair shop. And maybe money too, because if you try to do any work on it and don't know what you are doing, it's likely to make it worse. I'm going to bet that's what you are thinking anyway. Let us know how things turn out. The 9090 is one of the classic receivers of its era, putting some money into will not be wasted.
  10. Any Genesis Fans Out There

    An even more specifically: http://www.humanspeakers.com/genesis/gen7.htm Welcome to the Genesis Club! (hmm, does that sound kind of sketchy?) I have Genesis II's, they are good all around speakers.
  11. Model 5 woofers keep blowing

    If you have a multi-meter you could do a check for DC as I mentioned above. A quick check via Audiokarma and here are some quick picks. I don't know Michigan, maybe one of these shops is near you, they had some happy customers. http://www.clearviewelectronics.com/ - Keego Harbor Mike at Northern TV in Madison Heights. (248) 545-1800 ecotopia in West Bloomfield. www.ecotopiausa.com "looking at their website, it may seem odd and cheap, but they're pretty legit when it comes to their vintage electronics"
  12. AR-1s for sale?

    good luck! BTW, in all likelihood those old can caps are no longer any good. Unlike the AR-1's ;-)

    Nice pickin's. The Scott R77S is a fine receiver, not well known but very well made and is sure to be an excellent performer for you.
  14. new acquired AR-18's

    OK, they are done. I used them for a few days after the re-foam with the original caps in place. I have had the new caps in place now for a few days. The original Callins caps actually measured very well, the ESR was very good, they did not need to be replaced for wear and tear reasons. The speakers perform quite astonishingly well. With my back turned to them, I imagine they are at least 2x as big as they are. If I had a small space and had to pick one set of speakers to live with, these would do nicely. I have been mentally comparing them to the 4's and 4x's I owned, as being roughly the same size. I admire the 4 series for doing what they do, given the era, but the 18's are a big step up (in my humble opinion). I was never really satisfied with the 4's as I am with these. Here is the re-foamed speaker with the tweeter screw heads cleaned up, and a photo of the crossover with Erse 4uf & 2uf caps paralleled.
  15. My Highboy Story

    Yupp, 16 screws are used to attach the baffle board. Here's a closeup photo of one of the woofer screws, you can see the t-nut attachment. The previous woofer pic show the screw heads from the back side of the woofer. I don't recall now if I needed to buy new screws or not, it's been a while but I believe I had to do some hole fixin' to go back to the original woofers.