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  1. lakecat

    LST revisted....pleasant surprise!

    The 117 is the perfect match for the 2205 but the others you mention would do fine.
  2. I got these LST's two summers ago and when I brought them home, I tested them on a Sansui G-8000. Knowing it couldn't handle the 4ohm with much volume, I still really like the sound. They were set up on top of some 3a's I had set up at the time so no further testing was done as I wanted to refinish them and update them before I actually used them. Life got in the way and time passed. I did purchase some Polk SRS SDA 1.2tl's last summer after visiting a friend in Cincy that had them and really, really liked the sound.....so the LST's got put on a back burner and had been stored in my office. Last week, I finally decided to get the LST's out and test them.....and get them refinished and updated when weather changed. I had bought new fuses so put them in after carrying the heavy beasts downstairs to great room. Seeing they were studio monitors, I decided to put them up high.....and had my son help me get them on top of the Polks which have a height of 64". I hooked them up to my McIntosh 2205 and put in a cd. I set everything flat on the MX-117 pre-amp and sat down about twenty feet away.....with volume at about ten watts. I about fell over! The sound was just awesome. Clarity, depth, sound stage, plenty of bass, and highs that were crisp and clear. Voices were so forward that they seem to be in the room. I was simply shocked! It was 3a's on steroids!..lol. I have been playing them for two weeks now and waiting for my ears to say.... ( I am tired of them now...let's move on)...but nope....every time I sit down with these, I sit there with a smile....and find I am muttering to myself....:) Now the Polks are as dynamic in their own right but now I am in love with both and troubled by what to do. I know when I refinish the LST's, I will get attached to them even more. It is like being in love with a beautiful blonde and a brunette!..lol. I am half joking of course but damn these bad boys are something....and to go toe to toe with the Polks is impressive! Frank....I understand your passion now...high five! As of now....keeping both but the only negative I see with the LST's is the needed height for them to sound correct. (dang it....had pics but getting error message....and this was after deleting a ton of pics.)
  3. Thanks Tom....I do flip it occasionally but supporting it is a good idea and will do it.
  4. I have to ask as I am storing an alnico woofer, is how can it be stored? Just rotate the woofer occasionally?
  5. lakecat

    Heathkit AS-103a Restoration questions

    Bill....I use clamps like these. You just buy lengths of 3/4" iron pipe for your needs. I have two foot to six foot pieces of pipe for use.
  6. lakecat

    Unable to upload pictures.....

    It is W10.....but received a message that I am close to max. So got to go delete some pics and see if that takes care of it. Don't know why phone pics were never accepted here.
  7. lakecat

    Unable to upload pictures.....

    I have always been able to upload pics from my camera via laptop to this site. My phone.....was not able to ever. Now....I am getting an error message when trying to use my camera pics from laptop to upload on here. Anyone explain why?
  8. lakecat

    Okay, these AR12 are awesome!

    Very nice David....and how nice to have access to da machine...:)
  9. lakecat

    Heathkit AS-103a Restoration questions

    Pots are the same so depends on location if anything. Never needed to buy insulation but there is threads here telling which kind to buy. Polyfill I think. Might be in the 3a guide. I've used bar clamps with 1x2 oak pieces for clamping. I pour in the wood glue...getting it saturated...then clamp and really...really get it under pressure. It has worked so far....:)
  10. lakecat

    Heathkit AS-103a Restoration questions

    Hi Bill...looks like you got excellent bones for a rare and excellent speaker that is the 3a clone. I am at a loss as to why the value of these is not higher. You see how well they did the crossover. The plate with screws is sooo much easier to remove than the stapled one in the 3a for pot repair or cleaning. The caps are fastened down with brackets....not glue...and have the Spraque caps...which are almost always in spec...so no need for immediate replacement. They fused the tweeter which is superb as we know the stories of replacement tweeters. The cabinets are furniture grade...and were made by a furniture company in N.C. The grills are gorgeous...and well made...and last. Lastly, they are very rare as not many were sold....due to it being a kit. I would guess for every 5000th 3a sold, there was one Heathkit sold. Most were sold to geeks who put way more time in making them nice...than the factory assembled 3a's. So yes...I would send tweeters to Chris and make these right. Congrats on getting these and trying to make them right....:)
  11. It is listed under Heathkit AS-103 from January 2016. Tried to link it but couldn't get it to work. Pics are gone also...so not much help.
  12. Yes...had thread on this awhile ago about using an old CD for a backer. Don't need a hole saw....just heat a utility knife and it cuts it like butter. Was surprised to find the CD is exact hole size for tweeter.
  13. lakecat

    Okay, these AR12 are awesome!

    Dug up from past....time sure flies! Still have these bad boys....but never recapped. It sounds fantastic so never felt the need.
  14. lakecat

    AR5 - Project no.2

    The new caps will make a difference. Tweet on hi and mid at 75% is about normal on these and AR3a speakers in my experience. Good luck on your project.
  15. lakecat

    The more things change...the more

    You are welcome my friend. Strange as there is a lot of views but no remarks. I was surprised how even in 1959, they were obsessed and were able to laugh at themselves.....it cracked me up...as I see so much of this even today.