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  1. CD guy myself. Got a nice ES Sony that weighs 45lbs. A little dielectric grease on those pots and they should last. Mine have...
  2. Don't be so quick to throw away those pots. There is a double swipe in those later models...and have found them to be in pretty good shape. You have some of the last built speakers with those serial numbers.
  3. There is a difference. The Heathkits are spaced 1.5" apart....the 3a is 1.75". Maybe rounding out each hole just a little to the outside will make them fit.
  4. That tape must be heavy....as the seller has a $350 shipping charge!...lol.
  5. Hi Chris....I actually did this to a pair of 3's as the mids were shot and had an extra pair of 3a mids. I did what Roy said to do. They sounded okay...but seemed not up to par. I eventually found a pair of 3 mids...changed everything back...and got the sound back I liked. I am certainly no sound expert but just an opinion. Maybe I didn't have something correct?...dunno. I would curious to see what you thought if you do this. No big deal to change it.
  6. The tweeters weren't original either...but glad to the attention and bids on them. I grabbed a mint pair of grills on there this morning for $49. Keepers...:)
  7. Glad to see you are still at it...:) Little off topic but have noticed these Heathkits getting some attention. This pair on EBay that just sold for close to $400 was pretty crappy imho....and still brought good money. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F372853248471
  8. Those look fantastic! Glad you found grill material. Shame that no material company handles it.
  9. Bringing out the unique graining is what I liked when I finished the work on it. I can't imagine white pine for flooring...as it is sooo soft. I have built and remodeled many homes...and have never put in pine flooring. Ceilings and walls?....yes.
  10. Not a perfect match. Don't have the molding bits to match their corners. Would be too much work to have a cabinet that wouldn't match. New vs old.
  11. I have had this one speaker put away for almost two years now...hoping by now to have found a mate. But...nope...nada. I got it out to play it a bit...and this speaker sounds so damn good....tweeter strong...mid is excellent...and that honey bass...I JUST HAVE TO FIND A MATCH! I have even saved a tweeter...mid...and an alnico woofer in case I ever found a bad one. They are more rare than I ever imagined! Please....if anyone ever runs across one...please..please contact me. The weird thing being in construction forever, I have always HATED pine...but this one had such great graining...and the work I put into it to get it right...has made me really attached to it. Being a stellar sounding 3a doesn't hurt either....:)
  12. AR stated in their literature....get them up high and AGAINST the wall...just like a recording studio...because that was what they made for. Seeing these on speaker stands makes me cringe. I experimented with mine and put them at 65" high and three inches from back wall....(couldn't get them any closer due to window)...and they are about six-seven foot apart. Hooked up to a McIntosh 2205 w/ MX-117 pre that both are recapped. It sounds fantastic with very airy mids, deep bass, and voices that are very clear. A top notch speaker.....but... The negatives with value is the very difficult way to ship these...freight...which is expensive. The other is having to get them up high as they are heavy beasts so placement is difficult.
  13. What would you do with crossover plate and speaker wire terminal that has been destroyed also? Paying $50...then buying 3/4" fiberboard...then drilling holes with recessed flanges...then buying crossovers and caps...buying all drivers...wiring and stuffing...I see over $400 or more there easily. Then...refinishing cabinets...new grill cloth...and badges....to still have a hacked speaker? I will pass...:) My point of this seller being an idiot....is all he needed was a screwdriver!!!...lol...but he attacked with drills and circular saw....insane...
  14. Lol... I can't even begin to understand what their thought process was before they gutted the front of these great speakers. And to think they now have value?!!! Crazy...crazy...
  15. Saw this and just shook my head..... sigh.....https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Acoustic-Research-AR-3A-Speaker-Cabinets-ONLY/223669620490?epid=1537429139&hash=item3413bf8f0a:g:q7EAAOSwf-5dgXKG
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